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Asia Pacific Scholars, Officials and Business Leaders to Gather at International Conference in Bali
HONOLULU (Sept. 30) -- Nearly 500 scholars, officials, educators and business leaders will gather in Bali November 13-15 for an international conference on the theme of "Building an Asia Pacific Community: Unity in Diversity."

Conference sessions will cover current regional issues, including international relations, security, democracy and Islam, global warming, volunteerism, gender issues, innovation, health, business, and social and cultural issues.

Among the featured speakers will be the new governor of Bali; Indonesia’s ministers of trade, people’s welfare and women’s empowerment; the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia; the governor of Hawaii; the president of the East-West Center; and business leaders.

The conference is being jointly held by the East-West Center, an internationally recognized education and research institution headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the East-West Center Association, the organization that represents the Center’s 55,000 alumni throughout Asia, the Pacific and the U.S., many of whom now serve in positions of responsibility and in their respective fields. The Indonesian chapter of the Association is helping support the conference. Some 2,570 Indonesian scholars, researchers and professionals in business, government, journalism and the arts have participated in East-West Center cooperative programs since the Center was established in 1960.

The gathering at Bali’s four-star Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel will bring together East-West Center researchers, alumni, students, friends and other interested professionals to learn about and discuss key issues in the region through a variety of featured addresses, plenary sessions and panels. There will be ample opportunity for informal networking as well, including banquets, luncheons and cultural presentations.

For more information or to register online, visit: www.eastwestcenter.org/bali2008

Registration fees for the conference are U.S. $225 for East-West Center Association members and guests, University of Hawaii alumni and Fulbright recipients, and $275 for members of the general public.

Participants residing in Indonesia may also register with the Indonesia Conference Committee, care of:

The Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF)
Menara Imperium 28th floor, Suite B
Metropolitan Kuningan Superblok kav. 1
Jl. HR Rasuna Said kav. 1
Jakarta Selatan 12980, Indonesia
Phone: 62-21-8317330
Fax: 62-21-8317331
Email: [email protected]

Participants from elsewhere who do not wish to register online should contact:

East-West Center Associates Office
1601 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96848-1601  USA

Tel: +1 808-944-7506

Fax: +1 808-944-7376

email: [email protected] .

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The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.