Asia American Economic Forum
The Asia-America Economic Forum (AAEF) is an initiative of the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration (IISAC), a non-profit organisation registered in New Jersey, USA.
AAEF aims to bring together on an international platform thought leaders, government decisionmakers, management consultants, business people, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs. It will
facilitate the sharing of their expertise, experience and knowledge and leverage them to build a strong and sustainable economic partnership among the countries of the two continents.
A key objective of AAEF is to provide a mechanism
for addressing the challenges and opportunities the
economies of these continents offer as they get
ready for a higher growth trajectory. It requires
preparedness, and there is a need to develop
pragmatic strategies to shape the future.
To frame the nuts-and-bolts of this growth strategy,
AAEF offers a nonpartisan platform for respective
governments to develop roadmaps to engage their
Diaspora networks more effectively.
AAEF is committed to develop a dynamic global
network covering America and Asia and tap their
enormous intellectual wealth, investible surplus and
knowledge-base to rebuild the countries of the
AAEF, which is set up as an independent, nonideological,
non-political and not-for-profit
institution as part of New Jersey-headquartered
IISAC, is dedicated to serving the aspirations of the
people by upholding moral values and promoting
transparency and good governance.
At a time when the true potential of partnership
among the countries of the Asian and American
continents is yet to be fully realised, AAEF will strive
to bring together the different strands and diversities
of the two regions in a mutually gainful participation
for inclusive growth with social justice.
It will approach economic and social issues in a nonpartisan
and objective way cutting across political
and cultural barriers to evolve an actionable agenda
in a spirit of private-public participation. The success
of AAEF initiatives is ensured by formulating plans
with inputs from highly knowledgeable people in a
transparent and intellectually honest way.
AAEF believes that its vision can be translated into
action because of its non-partisan and unbiased
commitment to encourage and advance dialogue on
good governance by engaging with political,
government and corporate leaders to help achieve
sustainable and equitable economic growth.
Problem-solving will be possible by leveraging the
intellectual capital and knowledge base of top-notch
thinkers and business practitioners across the
borders. At AAEF, we believe that our initiatives have
come at the right time when the world is on the cusp
of unprecedented social and economic changes.
The industrial society and political institutions are set
to witness radical changes in the next 15 years that
are now almost impossible to predict. Thanks to
breakthroughs in technology, science and medicine,
all aspects of human endeavour from day-to-day
living to manufacturing and health-care are getting
transformed and disrupted with great social and economic consequences.
AAEF would prepare leaders from these
continents for these tectonic changes so
that the impending transformation is
smooth, productive and beneficial to all.
Drawing inputs from the intellectual
giants, thinkers, knowledge leaders,
engineering and scientific peers and
business leaders of the two continents,
AAEF will continually update the roadmap
for inclusive growth, political harmony
and social cohesion.
In fact AAEF is an international think-tank
providing independent advice to
governments and businesses which are
committed to good governance and social
corporate responsibility. The idea is to
provide the necessary strategic plans to
enhance the growth prospects that will be
driven by China, India and other fast
AAEF will be taking the leadership position
in the paradigm shift happening in the
world that is seeing the global economic
centre of gravity shifting back to Asia after
several centuries of Western dominance.
Here is an institution, which will bring
together on a platform, the wisdom and
experience of eminent people to map out
a strategy of growth that is more humane
in order to make the world more liveable
for generations to come.
History set to repeat
History shows that while it took a thousand years for
the world's economic centre of gravity to shift from Asia
to Europe, in the 21st century billed as the Asian
Century, it will take only a few decades for it to shift
A thousand years ago, the economic centre of the world
was in central Asia, just north of India and west of China,
reflecting the high levels of wealth enjoyed in the
Middle and Far East at that time. At that time, Asia
accounted for two-thirds of the world's wealth.
By 1900, the centre had shifted to northern Europe,
which had leapt far ahead of the rest of the world
thanks to the Industrial Revolution. And by 1950, the
centre had shifted to the North Atlantic, reflecting the
economic rise of the United States.
And as expert believe, by 2025, the economic centre of
gravity will return to a spot in central Asia just north of
where it was in 1,000 A.D when China and India will
take the centre-stage as global powerhouses.
By 2030, China's economy will be larger than that of the
United States while Asia will overtake North America
and Europe combined in global power by 2030. India
will be making giant strides in urbanisation and
technology-driven growth as it emerges as an
innovative manufacturing powerhouse. Together these
nations will reshape the economic destiny of the planet.
AAEF knows from its experience in running IISAC the
tremendous opportunities that exists and the
collaborative work that can result in ground-breaking
achievements. After evolving ideas through dialogue,
engagement and brainstorming, the next step is to
translate them into action. This is achieved through
networking and interaction with private-public entities.
Being independent and with credentials of high
integrity, AAEF’s task will be smooth in implementing
actionable programmes. Drawing from the reservoir of
regional talent, AAEF hopes to channelize talent and
knowledge through pragmatic cooperation in
developmental efforts at the local level.
We do not believe in top-down approach because of its
inherent flaws. AAEF’s plan will be evolved through
networking and engagement with the best brains in
the region. Projects will be evolved with a bottom-up
approach that will be more participatory in nature as
AAEF will create trust, support and participation of local
Our pursuit of growth agenda will be unique as it will
be deeply immersed in sustainability by evolving cost-effective
solutions. The entire spectrum of expertise and
project management knowledge will be brought to
bear on issues of concern.
AAEF aims to work together with regional players to
build a better world. This will be possible by bringing
together on a single platform the colossal intellectual
and financial resources of the peoples of the two
continents. Channelling them for the betterment of
Planet Earth and its inhabitants offers a challenge and
Here, AAEF plays a catalytic role by providing a global
forum to find durable solutions to what ails an
increasingly interdependent world, where China and
India are key players.
Putting China and India on a higher growth trajectory
and working towards equitable and sustainable goals
of economic and social development will benefit not
only billions of Asians and Americans, but also the
entire world as nations embrace greater globalisation.
At AAEF, we think global, and act local. We are
committed to tap the talent reservoir of peoples of Asia
and America. We are committed to community service
to evolve a just society. We believe that the intellectual
capital existing in these communities will be a great
enabler. And we are proud to be contributing to that
effort through our global engagement and networking.
Issac John- Director AAEF,
- Asia-America Economic Forum seeks to foster regular strategic dialogue for ensuring
strong and sustainable economic partnership among the countries of the two continents
that are destined to dominate the world for centuries to come.
- A key objective of AAEF is to provide a mechanism for addressing the challenges and
opportunities the economies of these continents face on a wide range of regional and
global areas of immediate and long-term economic interests.
- AAEF offers a platform for respective governments and host countries to develop a
roadmap to engage Diaspora networks more effectively in the development process.
- The forum promotes regular discussions and debates to enhance pragmatic
multilateral cooperation and tackle differences as the world economy enters a new era.
ISSAC JOHN, a prominent economic and financial commentator, is one of the well-connected and widely respected journalists in Middle East’s mainstream media.
At present, Issac is the Associate Business Editor of Khaleej Times. He has been with the paper for more than 22 years, and written tens of thousands of in-depth news and analytical reports.
A veteran of many a breaking news stories and invigorating analytical articles, Issac has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 34 years -- 9 years with Gulf News, two years with Emirates News, one year with UAE Digest, and 22 years with Khaleej Times.
Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional business and economic aspects, issues and trends, Issac is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene and its prospects.
Issac has won over two dozen international, regional and national awards for his journalistic contributions. He has also made his mark in the Gulf social and media circles with his exemplary interpersonal skills, proactive initiatives and contributions in diverse fields — social, humanitarian, cultural, arts, literature, and business.
Issac’s previous assignments in the UAE include Chief Sub editor, Gulf News (1980-1989); Co-editor, Gulf Asian Magazine, Dubai. (1982-84); Editor, UAE Business Digest (1989-1990); Dubai Bureau Chief, Emirates News (1990 to 1992); Consulting editor, Gulf’s Who is Who.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
@Media Award for Excellence by the New York-based International Institute for Scientific and
Academic Collaboration on Sep 28, 2012. “Excellence in Global Business Journalism” from WMC in Cologne in May 2012. Award for "Outstanding Services to the Community” in Abu Dhabi. Malaysian Business Media Award by the Malaysian Business Council in Dec 2011. Asian Achiever Award in 2011. SNC Roots India Award in Dubai in Dec 2011. Best Media Personality Award from the New Jersey-based Global NRI Council 2010. Syrian Orthodox accolade in 2009. Media Community Service Award for 2010 by GOPIO Award of Appreciation from UAE Ministry of Finance and Industry (2007) K C Varghese Foundation Media Award (2007) Elemec Award for Best Journalist (2007) Pravasi Ratna Award for Journalism (2007) Award for Appreciation from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (2006) Arab IPR Award from Business Software Alliance (2005) Pan Arab Media Quality Award from e-TQM University Dubai (2005) DSS award for Best Creative Writing in English from Dubai Economic Development Department (2005)
For contact details and more information on Isaac John visit; www.issacjohn.com