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New Horizons: ASEANZ Exhibition in Tehran University

"New Horizons: Opportunities, Insights and Fun" will be the title of ASEANZ exhibition. Its organizers, Henelito Sevilla & Greg Watson explain the programs and purposes of holding the exhibition.

Tehran, 2 May 2006 (CHN) -- Center for Graduate International Studies of University of Tehran will be the host of ASEAN Tourism and Cultural Exhibition and Conference with the title of "ASEANZ New Horizons: Opportunities, Insights and Fun" which will be held from 8-10 of May 2006.

According to the secretariat of this exhibition, "Cultural Interaction" is the theme of the exhibition which will focus on the tourism opportunities and potentials of the region and introducing them to Iranians.

The exhibition will be attended by representatives from some ASEAN member countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The secretary of ASEANZ exhibition which will be held by the participation of some ASEAN member countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam in University of Tehran explained the programs and purposes of this exhibition to CHN.

In an interview with CHN, Henelito A. Sevilla Jr., president of Philippino-Irano Community Association who is also in charge of the upcoming fair talked about the goals behind holding of this fair and said, "Our goal from holding this exhibition is not only to introduce economic, cultural, and tourism potentials of this region but also to focus on the interactions among these countries and also study the important role Iran can play in the region among Asian-Pacific countries."

This ASEANZ event will be the first exhibition-conference staged in Iran about the Southeast Asia-Pacific region. This program was made possible by the cooperation of Faculty of Law and Political Science and Center for Graduate International Studies of University of Tehran, ASEAN, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Qatar Airways, and New Zealand. It aims to raise the profile of this region and its member countries, and placing them within an Iranian context.

Henelito Sevilla believes that considering the importance of dialogues among civilization and the fact that it has became one of the main concerns of all countries in today's world, creating a dialogue among people with different ideals, views, and backgrounds can only be made possible through cultural activities. He believes that countries of the world can reach to a peaceful solution for their disputes only through understanding their similarities and differences. Commenting on the reason Tehran University was selected to host such an event, Sevilla said, "Since the future of each country is in the hands of its students, university was the best location to hold the exhibition in."

The conference seeks to raise consciousness about ASEAN countries and also New Zealand in Tehran's academic and policy making communities. Greg Watson, a political science student at Tehran University from New Zealand, who is in charge of the communication section of this exhibition explained that although New Zealand is not an ASEAN member country, since it shares many interests with the ASEAN countries and has wide economic and cultural relations with the countries of the region, it was decided that New Zealand should also take an active part in this exhibition.

The exhibition will be inaugurated in the morning of 8th of May with welcoming remarks by Dr. Hassan Ali Dorandian, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa, Director of the Center for Graduate International Studies, and Ayatollah Dr. Amid Zanjani, Chancellor of University of Tehran. Then the exhibition ribbon will be cut by Chancellor, College Dean and the Representative Ambassador from ASEAN.

In the evening session which will be from 2 pm, the representative ambassador from ASEAN will give a lecture, and then representatives from Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia will give brief introductions about their respective countries. The exhibition will continue with Students Forum, in which the research papers by Iranian students about the ASEAN regional countries and Iran's elations with them will be presented.

The exhibition will start on the second day with the lecture of Mr. Askhat Orazbay, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization, and then representatives from Thailand, Philippines and New Zealand will give their lectures.

The evening session will continue with the lecture of Ali Khorram, ambassador of Asia-Pacific Desk. The lectures delivered in this part of the conference cover the following topics: "Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific: Issues and Prospects", "Gearing Towards Further Regional Integration: The ASEAN Experience", "The Asian-Pacific Security Environment", and finally "Iran and the Asia-Pacific: Complexities and Challenges."

The exhibition will finish with a question and answer forum, closing remarks and debrief for staff and coordinators.

... Payvand News - 5/2/06 ... --

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