As the world is slowly grasping the vast opportunities present in this region, the question remains – what’s next – as Asean prepares to step into its 50th year in 2017.

As trade partnerships in key industries such as infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture continue to diversify and strengthen between member nations – and with the added initiatives from countries like China – what are the key areas that businesses and investors need to lookout for in order to gain in routes into the vast potentials of each market? And how can businesses play to the strengths of the different levels of socio, economic and political development of each country?

Organised by SingEx and presented by HSBC, delegates will gain special insights from the experts’ analysis of the region’s economic and strategic roadmaps, and network with likeminded decision makers and business leaders that can open up to potential new ventures in this region.


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27 April 2017, Thursday

8.00am Registration and light breakfast

Emcee’s opening remarks

Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia


Welcome addresses

Aloysius Arlando, CEO, SingEx Holdings
Steven Cranwell, Managing Director & Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC

Future Outlook & Perspectives


Perspective: China’s growing influence in Asean
The world’s second largest economy is forecasted to grow at 6.5 percent in 2017, a downward trend from 6.7 percent in 2016 according to the IMF. While some have warned about a near-term financial crisis and much lower growth rates, China has proved itself to be largely resilient to any sharp slowdown. This session will offer insights into the economic powerhouse in the next few years, the regional impact of its evolving trade and foreign investment policies and how companies must continue to adapt to ride the tides headlined by China.

Dr Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US & former World Bank’s Country Director for China and Senior Advisor to the Vice President for East Asia


Opening panel:

East Asia & Asean – The deepening ties and what does it mean for businesses?
Asean’s strong growth prospects and high degree of market openness has courted the likes of East Asian companies looking to diversify their portfolio – with Japan, China and Korea collectively making up the 3rd to 5th biggest sources of foreign direct investments (FDIs) in the region. How has this changed the emerging markets’ landscape? And what are the expected tailwinds, and possible headwinds to continued growth?

Panellists:Dr Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US & former World Bank’s Country Director for China and Senior Advisor to the Vice President for East Asia
Rosaline Koo, Founder and CEO, CXA Group
Omar Lodhi, Partner, The Abraaj Group
Eitaro Kojima, Deputy Managing Director, JETRO Singapore

Moderator:Professor Annie Koh, Vice President, Office of Business Development and Academic Director, Business Families Institute & International Trading Institute, Singapore Management University

 11.15am Late morning refreshments


In search of growth: The next five decades
The last 50 years has seen a transformation of historical dimensions as the nexus of global activities shifted towards Asia. The magnitude of this seismic shift in economic authority towards Asia is on par with the discovery of the New World and the subsequent rise of North America as a major production and consumption centre. But what do the next 50 years hold for Asia and for ASEAN? Does the rise of China, Indonesia and India represent a permanent change in the economic landscape or are they just spurts of growth that will be annihilated soon by yet another round of financial crises? Will the erstwhile Asian tigers, including Singapore, Japan and South Korea manage their transition from capital-driven growth to productivity–driven growth? Are Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar the next Asia tigers?

Professor Pushan Dutt, Economics & Political Science and Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation, INSEAD


Executive interview:

Succeeding in Asean: An industrial conglomerate’s success story
Learn from one of the leading pioneers on how businesses can best navigate and play to the strengths of each Asean country to grow their market share, and succeed in the region.

Dr Shahzad Nasim, Group Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group

Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia

 1.00pm Lunch – Flavours of Asean
Future Outlook & Perspectives

Infrastructure panel:

How big is BRI and what does it mean for Asean?
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to promote economic cooperation among countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and to create multiple economic corridors spanning more than 60 countries across the world. Which are the areas of development that investors should look out for? And how can companies spotlight the key areas for growth to ready itself for progress?Panellists:Gilles Pascual, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
James Cameron, Co-Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, Asia-Pacific, HSBC
Marc Dragon, CPIM, CEO, Y3 Technologies & Vice President, Shanghai Singapore Business Association (SSBA)

Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia


Manufacturing panel:

Can Asean replace China as the preferred manufacturing and trading hub?
In Focus: Infrastructure & Manufacturing
With the current influx of infrastructural investments, a diverse pool of potential workers aged 20-40 years and low labour costs especially in CLMV, Asean is set to be a boon for international players seeking new strategic manufacturing hubs outside of China. What are the shifting trends that manufacturers need to account for before taking the plunge?

Panellists:Tad Carmody, Asia-Pacific Manufacturing Excellence Leader, EY
Martin Hayes, President & Managing Director, Robert Bosch (South East Asia)
Dr Bicky Bhangu, Director – Singapore, Rolls-Royce & Adjunct Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Bobby Liu, Senior Director, Topica Edtech Group & Co Director, Founder Institute (Vietnam, Thailand)

Christopher Humphrey, Executive Director, EU-ASEAN Business Council


Executive interview:

Asean’s next 50 – What lies ahead?
In 2017, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) reaches its 50 anniversary – a significant milestone for one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse markets. Whilst it is important to reflect on the past it is also crucial to consider the future and plan for the next 50 years to come, as a power of one.

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University & former Asean Secretary General

Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia

 4.45pm – 7pm Closing remarks and networking cocktails & canapés


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