Distinguished Guests, Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The positive developments promoted by Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) and by the dialogue partnership between EU and ASEAN have generated the current on-going trend of ever-strengthening relationship between Europe and Asia, ever more visible than ever.
The initiative taken by me, in partnership with Prof. Ilie Şimon, our Vice President, to found, in May 2008, the Romanian Institute for European - Asian Studies (IRSEA) has been inspired by these developments, as well as by the place and role of Romania as partner in both ASEM and EU-ASEAN dialogue partnership.
IRSEA is built on the system of a think-tank with an aim to bring its contribution for promoting the values of Europe in Asia and those of Asia in Europe, being a strong believer of the reciprocal benefits of a consolidated partnership between Europe and Asia. IRSEA is working for a more robust interaction between Europe and Asia.
IRSEA is going to reach young Professionals and Students, Governments, Experts and Educators, Civil Society, Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.
IRSEA aims to make Romania a more cosmopolitan and global society, by enriching minds through research, policy work and public education on international affairs.
IRSEA was well greeted in Europe and Asia, as it is proved by the correspondence and an important amount of congratulatory messages received from the executive management of correspondent think-tanks in Europe and Asia as well as from its friends on both continents, by signing Memoranda of Understanding to foster cooperation or entering into verbal reciprocal assurances of assistance and support with similar European and Asian organizations, Universities and representatives of mass-media. Important personalities from the Academic society, diplomacy, the world of think-tanks and mass-media have honored IRSEA’s invitation to become its Honorary Members. IRSEA's membership in the European Alliance of the Institutes for Asia Studies is highly appreciated.
During September – October 2008 tour to Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, our initiative to form IRSEA got same warm welcome from H.E. Hassan Wirayuda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia at that time, Presidents, Chairmen, Executive Directors of think -tanks, high representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs from these four countries, Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) and ASEAN Secretariat, as well as from individual political analysts. I am more than grateful to the encouragement received from my two very old and close friends from Indonesia- the late Ambassador Ali Alatas, the longest serving Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Head / member of International Relations Branch, Advising Committee to President of Indonesia and the late Ambassador Nana Sutresna, Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia.
The received messages, the meeting with institutes and universities and the signing cooperation documents underline the idea and conviction that our Initiative was timely in the process of constructing the new European- Asian relationship and partnership.
We are truly thankful for such a kind and friendly response and encouragement.
At the same time, we realize that there is a great deal of expectations from IRSEA from the perspective of its dedicated activity and its emerging place-Romania, which is an active partner in EU, ASEF, EU-ASEAN dialogue and Asia in general, where she commends a good and constructive political capital.
We are fully convinced that new partnerships will be established as well with other think-tanks from Europe and Asia to be united in diversity for a better world.
We are positive that with professional and substantial support of its Partners and Honorary Members, IRSEA will be able to reach the level of above mentioned expectations.
Concluding, in my capacity as President, I would like to assure you that IRSEA will become a visible think –tank within the context of the “track two diplomacy”.
Former Ambassador Gheorghe SAVUICĂ,
President of IRSEA