Asia Institute Tasmania

Public Lecture | Identifying the Elephant in the Room: Thailand and the ASEAN region

Summary

Ms Octavia Borthwick, Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission to Thailand

Start Date

20th Sep 2016 5:30pm

Identifying the Elephant in the Room:  Thailand and the ASEAN region - why they’re important for Tasmania

The story of the old blind men grasping at different parts of an elephant and describing it as different things because they couldn’t get the full picture is an interesting allegory. Perhaps none more pertinent than the perceptions of what Thailand and the ASEAN region mean for the future of advanced manufacturing and other sectors – food, tourism, e-commerce - in Australia.

Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission to Thailand Octavia Borthwick will explain the importance of Thailand and the ASEAN bloc to Tasmania (and Australia) and why identifying and understanding the elephant in the room is a first step in securing a long term place in the future of regional supply chains, the 21st century economy more broadly and how Australia’s economic diplomacy is assisting in this process.

Octavia

Ms Octavia Borthwick is Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission to Thailand.

With a long and distinguished career working in foreign affairs, trade and development in the region, Ms Borthwick brings to the role not only a strong understanding of the political-economies of the region – but importantly a strong understanding of current trends and trajectories.


  • This event is co-sponsored with The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Venue - Seminar Room 110, TAIR Building, University of Tasmania, Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie

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