At WEF, Thai PM touts ‘seamless Asean’, Philippines moots AI regulatory framework for bloc

DAVOS – The Philippines plans to propose a regulatory framework on artificial intelligence (AI) for the region when it serves as Asean chair in 2026, said the Speaker of its House of Representatives.

This would be based on the Philippines’ own draft legislation.

“We’d like to give as a gift to Asean a legal framework. Digitisation, even in our economic policy, is very, very much right up there as a priority,” said Mr Martin Romualdez during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan 18.

“Alongside that is cybersecurity and the concomitant concerns and issues, (such as) generative artificial intelligence, a field that needs a lot of support and regulation.

“We feel that in Asean, we can capitalise and optimise these developments, but within a framework of regulatory support.”

The regulatory landscape for AI is currently fragmented, and there have been calls to develop common rules among countries. In December 2023, the European Union reached a political deal on a law to regulate AI, but the details are still being finalised.

Mr Romualdez also said that he wants to set up an Asean Parliament, like the one in the European Union, but did not elaborate.

He invited the event participants to attend a WEF CEO Roundtable in Manila in March, to be hosted by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

Mr Romauldez, Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh also spoke at the Learning From Asean panel, to emphasise the grouping’s strengths and agency to investors and politicians.

Mr Pham expressed hope that unity would prevail as the region became a hotspot for rapid and sustainable growth in that period.

Meanwhile, Mr Srettha said he envisioned a “seamless Asean” as a single destination for foreign investors in five to 10 years – “If you come to Thailand, then you won’t need a visa for Cambodia or Vietnam” – even as each country presented its own advantages in the eyes of foreign investors.

He added that all countries could have the same tax incentives.

Key factors for the Asean’s success, the speakers highlighted, are its leaders’ ability to work closely with each other and work towards a common vision of shared prosperity, as well as their emphasis on maintaining relations with both the United States and China.

“It is kind of unique that I can just pick up the phone and WhatsApp,” said Mr Srettha.

“Like today, I just called (Cambodian PM) Hun Manet and we had a quick chat without having to prepare for two months. It is a fast-changing world.

“I wish President Xi Jinping and President Biden could do the same,” he added.

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