AGENDA

Asean 4.0: The future of business

 

Well positioned between the seismic shift of global powers, with China leading the boom of the borderless digital economy, blanketing a seemingly protectionist western economy, Asean stands to reap benefits from spill-over impact on the region’s economic growth, budding industry 4.0 and e-commerce landscape. How would Asean’s future business landscape look like? How will digitalisation set the stage for Asean’s innovative, growing and technology-savvy millennial population, and its drive to power the fourth industrial revolution in Asean?

The forum will discuss and explore how digitalisation will redefine Asean’s economic growth trajectory and factors businesses should consider while planning their Asean strategies.

Key discussion topics include:

  • How optimistic should Asean really be with regards to growth?
  • What will the digitalisation of trade bring to Asean’s trading table?
  • How is Asean’s service sector shifting their gears to digitalise at varying levels of development and consumption trends?
  • How real is the cyber threat?
  • How different will the Asean e-commerce consumer be in the year 2025?

1 March 2018, Thursday

8.30am Registration and welcome refreshments
9.00am Emcee’s opening remarks: What is Asean 4.0?
Christine M. Chan, Presenter, Channel NewsAsia
9.10am Welcome addresses
Adrian Sng, General Manager, SingEx Exhibitions
Tony Cripps, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Singapore
Outlook: Asean 4.0 economic & market trends
9.30am

Opening Keynote:

Asia in the world economy: Time to shine
The rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has levelled competition at an unprecedented rate; the rise of East Asia shadowing the increasingly protectionist Western economy, seemingly ushering a new era in the global economy. Will the growth trajectories of Asean propel these countries to new heights? How optimistic should Asean really be with regards to growth? Given the diversity of Asean, what are the key challenges countries in Asean face to sustain their growth rates going forward? We will set up a framework to tackle these questions and highlight the risks to the region.

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

10.00am Q&A with keynote
Christine M. Chan, Presenter, Channel NewsAsia
10.15am Morning refreshments
Asean insights: Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
10.45am Opening Panel:

What will the digitalisation of trade bring to Asean’s trading table?
China continues to be the largest trading partner of Asean with two-way trade recorded at USD452.2 billion in 2016 alone, with Japan and the US following closely at second and third place while intra-Asean trade is projected to be a significant driver of the region’s forecasted 5.8% economic growth in 2018 and beyond. Alongside Singapore’s push towards digitalisation of her wholesale trade sector and Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor plans, how would the development of the Asean Single Window (ASW) further facilitate intra-Asean trade and leapfrog total trade volumes in Asean?

  • How will technology change traditional roles in the international trade sector and the skills/talent needed to stay relevant?
  • How are Asean businesses riding these waves of change – Where are the growth opportunities?

Dr Robert Yap, Chair of ASEAN BAC Singapore & Executive Chairman, YCH Group
Inwha Huh, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Structured Trade Solutions, HSBC
Jayant Menon, Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Cooperation), Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Yeo Beng Huay, CIO, Singapore Customs

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

11.45 am Connect panel:

Demystifying Asean’s infrastructure growth opportunities – where are the bright spots?

In the next seven years, infrastructure spending in Asean is estimated to hit US$110 billion per annum (UNCTAD 2015). Now more than ever, with a growing demand for regional physical and digital connectivity to power Asean’s economic and urban population boom, how should companies prepare and plan for infrastructure amidst technological disruption and shifting global market trends?

  • What advantages do emerging economies like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam have over more developed countries like Singapore?
  • What are the various regulations and connectivity gaps in the market to note?
  • Where are the investment bright spots?

Lena Ng, Chief Investment Officer, Amata Corporation Public Company Limited
James Cameron, Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, Asia Pacific, HSBC
Rebecca Konrad, Chief Investment Officer and Lead, Transport & Logistics, Asia & the Pacific, International Finance Corporation

Moderator:
Keoy Soo Earn, Regional Managing Partner, Financial Advisory Leader, Mergers & Acquisitions, Deloitte Southeast Asia

12.30pm Lunch – Savour Asean
1.30pm

Service Panel:

Everything As a Service – Business in the new age of disruption
The rise of exponential technologies have disrupted traditional ways of doing businesses, specifically in the service sector, and in some cases obliterated existing business eco-systems.

  • How are companies and institutions shifting their gears to digitalise and to tailor to varying levels of developments and consumption trends in Asean’s service sector?
  • How would global tech trends impact the local markets, and how can companies build or reskill their talent pools? Where can companies scout out the necessary tech talents?
  • What are the necessary intelligence capabilities Asean companies need to grow their market share, both locally and regionally?

Noni Purnomo, President-director, Blue Bird Group
Ray Edison Refundo, Founder and CEO, Qwikwire
Anna Gong, CEO, Perx Technologies
Vivek Kumar, Assistant Director-General, NTUC

Moderator:
Mohit Mehrotra, Lead Partner, Monitor Deloitte

2.15pm Keynote:
How real is the cyber threat in Asean?

The advent of the new digital economy calls for rapid reinvention of internet security systems – But how real are these cyber threats, especially in Asean? How should companies safeguard their bottom lines and data against possible advanced security breaches and attacks? What are the telltale signs to look out for?

Bill Majcher, Former Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Specialist
2.45pm Q&A with keynote
Christine M. Chan, Presenter, Channel NewsAsia
In Focus: Asean’s future e-commerce landscape – A collaboration with Last Mile Fulfilment Asia 2018
3.00pm

For this section, each speaker will be given 10 minutes to share their company’s success stories before deep-diving into a panel discussion on the future of e-commerce and consumer trends in Asean.

Part A. Asean e-commerce: Country spotlight

Indonesia
Hadi Kuncoro, Senior Advisor – Road Map Ecommerce Committee, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Republic of Indonesia & Chief Executive Officer, FEEDr Indonesia

3.10pm Philippines
James Morris P. Ileto, Executive Director, UREKA Forum
3.20pm Vietnam
Huynh Lam Ho, CEO, Haravan
3.30pm Thailand and Malaysia
Carter Lim, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Zanroo
3.40pm Singapore
Erik Ligtenberg, Deputy CEO, Lazada Singapore
3.50pm

Part B. No holds barred discussion:

How different will the Asean consumer be in the year 2025?

With one of the highest smartphone penetration rates and largest tech-savvy and diverse millennial population base, how different would Asean consumer trends be in 2025? How are Asean companies preparing themselves for global borderless competition? And how will this disruption impact the way companies run their businesses, engage with consumers and in becoming even more innovative and sustainable?

Hadi Kuncoro, Senior Advisor – Road Map Ecommerce Committee, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Republic of Indonesia & Chief Executive Officer, FEEDr Indonesia
James Morris P. Ileto, Executive Director, UREKA Forum

Huynh Lam Ho, CEO, Haravan
Carter Lim, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Zanroo
Erik Ligtenberg, Deputy CEO, Lazada Singapore

Moderator:
Duleesha Kulasooriya
, Head of Strategy, Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge

4.30 – 5.30pm Closing and networking Cocktails & Canapés