Read up on the most insightful comments and catchy sound bites on job creation in ASEAN, sustainable tourism, good governance and the future of Myanmar from day 3 at the World Economic Forum on East Asia.

“I want our country to be a sanctuary any of our people can return to and bring their talents back.”
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD); Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, Myanmar in the session: Taking Myanmar to Work

“An empowered government, supported by the people, in turn empowers its people.”
Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President of the Philippines in the session: A Special Conversation

“Our country used to be isolated. Now we are getting back to our right place in the world.”
U Thein Sein
President of Myanmar in the session: A Special Conversation

“You have to pinch yourself to remember that it’s not yet three years that Aung San Suu Kyi walked away from house arrest. To see her here in debate is marvellous.”
Helen E. Clark
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York in the Closing Plenary

“We want former political prisoners to be part of our political process.”
U Thein Sein
President of Myanmar in the Closing Plenary

“All the boats in ASEAN will rise with the tide. We will all look to each other to learn. We will all look to each other to invest.”
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ayala Corporation, Philippines in the session: Taking Myanmar to Work

“Human capital is wonderfully sticky capital. If you develop the human capital in your organization well, you will attract like-minded people. Young graduates ask: what is the organization going to do to develop me?”
Annie Koh
Vice-President, Business Development and External Relations; Associate Professor of Finance, Singapore Management University, Singapore

“The culture of impunity is over. It cannot be that you do whatever you want in power and are never held accountable.”
Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President of the Philippines in the session: A Special Conversation

“We have to boldly say that we’re not going to destroy our country by welcoming the world to it.”
Ramon R. Jimenez Jr.
Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines in the session: A Blueprint for Sustainable Tourism

“The world is curious about Myanmar.”
U Htay Aung
Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar in the session: A Blueprint for Sustainable Tourism