"To many people, Asia may seem relatively free. Yet it would be mistaken in imagining that Asia has a permanent lease on freedom. With the long history of political conflicts, social unrests and divergent economic development, this region indeed has a high, disquieting potential of becoming unfree. The work of the Network is essential!"
Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort, Vice President of Executive Board of FNF
Economic Freedom Network Asia
With a clear vision of a liberal world and a free Asia, the formation of EFN Asia was initiated by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in 1998. It is one of the Foundation's key principle mechanisms to help individuals fulfil their potential and create an open society.
EFN Asia, the Economic Freedom Network Asia, is a network of research institutes, practitioners, influential think-tanks, and individuals with an object of promoting the benefits of the market economy, civil society and individual liberty, which enhance human development and economic growth in Asia.
Mission & Principle
While many champion the cause of political and social liberty, economic freedom is the forgotten human right. We should work for freedom in all its forms. At EFN Asia, we believe in:
EFN Asia provides a platform for political dialogue, public education and academic exchange in order to appeal to the public, policy advisors and political decision-makers, to broaden the public policy debate on the merits of free economies and limited governments.
The Network cooperates with the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index in Asia, to further analyse the economic development, and the strengths and weaknesses of Asian economies in the global context.
Since 1998, EFN Asia has organised a series of successful annual conferences and workshops to discuss specific relevant issues, assess the methods and indicators of the EFW index from an Asian perspective, and disseminate ideas about economic freedom to a broader audience.
Partners & Members
Since its launch, the Network has grown throughout Asia and beyond. The Network currently comprises 3 international partners, 21 member institutes members and 13 individual members. EFN Asia also seeks partnerships with other like-minded organisations within and outside Asia.
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