Date : 2 March 2018 (Friday)
Time : 8:00 to 18:30
Venue : Grand Ballroom, The Grand Hyatt Singapore
Website : www.asean-eu-summit.org
The ASEAN-EU Business Summit was founded in 2011 in Indonesia and has since developed to an established meeting point in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in April 2012; Hanoi, Vietnam in March 2013; Kuala Lumpur in August 2015; and, most recently in Manila, Philippines in March 2017, with several hundred delegates attending each event. The Summit is designed to be a platform for business leaders, thought-leaders and policy makers to interact and debate the key business and trade issues of the day.
This year’s Summit has been designed to look at a number of key and highly relevant issues that impact on trade and investment within ASEAN, and therefore on the trade and investment decisions of European businesses interacting with the region. It has also been designed to look at issues that are important to Singapore during its Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018.
Through a series of panel discussions and key note addresses throughout the day, involving policy makers and business leaders from both regions, the Summit should see a lively debate on various policy and regulatory issues in areas that are key for ASEAN’s future growth.
The topics for the panels have been selected carefully to reflect areas of key interest for ASEAN and for European businesses. There is a panel which will look at developments with the AEC – the need for quicker progress on trade facilitation and ensuring that the benefits of the AEC are more broadly felt.
Topics will also include urbanisation in the region and funding the many significant infrastructure needs, whilst ensuring that urbanisation is both sustainable and making the best use of modern technological developments.
Two panel sessions will look at a couple of key areas, namely: The Digital Economy, a key theme for Singapore’s Chairmanship, and the need to drive more FDI to the ASEAN region. The Digital Economy will play an increasingly important role for the region as its economies develop and become more integrated with the broader global economy. FDI becomes increasingly important also, as more investment will be needed to sustain economic growth and provide jobs for the region’s growing populations.
The ASEAN Post readers are invited to tweet your thoughts throughout the day using the hashtags #AEBS2018 and #EUASEANBiz