ASEM is a cooperation forum for Asian and European countries.
It was initiated to strengthen dialogue and interaction between the two regions. The inaugural ASEM Summit was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1996 and since then the meeting of Heads of State or Government has been organised every two years alternately in Asia and Europe.
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is a forum with various levels of cooperation between Asian and European countries. The ASEM process is based on dialogue with the objective of strengthening mutual understanding between the two regions and promoting concrete cooperation that aims at sustainable economic and social development. The cooperation covers three sectors referred to as a political pillar, an economic pillar and a cultural pillar.
ASEM 6 Summit, Helsinki
The 6th ASEM Summit (Asia-Europe Meeting, ASEM) at the level of Heads of State or Government took place in Helsinki on 10th and 11th September 2006. It was a historically significant event as it also marked the tenth anniversary of the ASEM cooperation forum. The ASEM 6 Summit was the largest ever meeting at the level of Heads of State or Government hosted by Finland.