ASEAN is set to be a long-term driver of global economic growth. With a population of over 600 million, a growing middle class and a combined GDP of about US$2.4 trillion, the region is already a dynamic and exciting market for the global business community. ASEAN countries have also become key players in the global investment arena with the total outward investment stock globally quadrupling over the past decade.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), expected to come into effect at the end of the year, promises to boost growth. But whilst much has been said about its potential, challenges remain ahead. Political uncertainties, cumbersome regulatory frameworks and differences in stages of development between the 10-member economies could undermine future progress.
The region is attracting growing global attention. Following the recent visit of Prime Minister David Cameron to South-East Asia, this high-level conference will provide an excellent platform for senior policymakers and business leaders to explore the key trends shaping the region and discuss the implications for business.
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08.35 – 09.00 – Keynote remarks:
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Sajid was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from April 2014 to May 2015. Previously he was both the Economic and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Before being elected MP, he worked in business and finance, including as Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank and senior Managing Director at Deutsche Bank.
09.00- 10.00 – ASEAN politics of uncertainty: What’s going to happen to AEC 2015?
Richard Dailly, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Kroll, Ramon Opulencia, Head, Overseas Banking, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Ayala Corporation, Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Nazir Razak, Chairman of CIMB Group.
10.00 – 10.30 – Coffee break
10.30 – 11.15 – Developing ASEAN: Infrastructure financing opportunities
Gregory Hodkinson, Chairman of Arup, Munir Majid, Chairman of CARI and President of ASEAN Business Club and David Sayer, Chairman – High Growth Markets, KPMG.
11.15 – 12.00 – UK-ASEAN two-way investment
Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, Martin Hatfull, International Public Affairs Director at Diageo and Vice Chairman, UK-ASEAN Business Council and Richard Lilleystone, Chief Executive of Gazasia and Simon Murphy, Chief Financial Officer at Battersea Power Station Development Co Ltd.
12.15 – 13.45 – Networking Lunch
13.45 – 14.15 – Opening remarks:
Lord Mandelson, Chairman and Partner, Global Counsel LLP and Julian Adams, Group Regulatory Director of Prudential.
14.15 – 15.00 – EU and ASEAN: Challenges and opportunities for financial services
Mukhtar Hussain, Deputy Chairman & CEO, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Donald P. Kanak, non-executive Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia and HE Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom
15.00 – Closing remarks by Richard Graham MP, Trade Envoy to the ASEAN Economic Community
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The high-level conference, which will be attended by leaders in the field, will be followed in the evening by Asia House’s annual gala event – the Asian Business Leaders Awards (ABLA).
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