The Strategic Scoping Workshop on Operationalizing the ASEAN Circular Economy (CE) Stakeholder Platform
Hotel Amari Watergate, Bangkok, Thailand 14-15 September 2022
As part of the ongoing cooperation between ASEAN and the EU, the ASEAN CE Stakeholder Platform is established to support a transition to sustainable consumption and production and a circular economy in the ASEAN region. In 2019, the Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI) commissioned a study on circular economy and plastics (A Gap Analysis in the ASEAN Member States / AMS), which made salient recommendations, including establishing an ASEAN CE Stakeholder Platform. The scoping workshop identified the platform's strategic focus areas (sectors, materials, stakeholders) and explored how it could effectively engage a wide range of AMS stakeholders while considering existing initiatives. It outlined critical steps on how the platform could effectively improve access to information and knowledge on circular economy relevant to the ASEAN region.
Forty-eight participants attended the scoping workshop, and eighteen participants joined the ceremonial inauguration of the CE Stakeholder Platform Secretariat, including key circular economy experts, policymakers, representatives from ASEAN and AMS public administration, MSME & private sector, civil society, academia and intergovernmental organisations. The workshop and inauguration were jointly organised by the ACSDSD, the Delegation of the European Union to ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and carried out in the framework of E-READI and in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand.