December 8, 2016 | Hanoi

Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit 2016

This December, market moving CEOs and policymakers will come together at the third annual Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit. The Summit will take an in-depth look at the real business impact of the AEC and how ASEAN can promote a resilient economy that maximises cross-border investment between innovative businesses. Attendees will experience a day of deep insight, unparalleled analysis, and networking at Southeast Asia’s leading business conference.

December 8 - Thursday

8:00 am

Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

8:55 am

Opening Remarks

9:00 am

Opening Address


9:10 am

Ministerial Address


9:30 am

The AEC in 2016 – Business Game Changer or Political PR?

Is the AEC empowering ASEAN business to do more? Will the AEC protect ASEAN from any Trump inspired headwinds? We uncover the real business impact of the AEC so far and it’s future trajectory…


9:55 am

Newsmaker Interview: Driving Vietnam’s Next Transformation

With the fundamentals for world leading growth in-place, we gain insight into Vietnam’s transformation, how the economy can navigate chaotic local and international waters, and highlight lessons for the rest of ASEAN.


10:10 am

On a Downward Trend? Cross Border Trade in an Era of Populism

Has the re-emergence of global protectionism thwarted FDI increases and intra-ASEAN trade? We identify how the AEC can counter Donald Trump and Brexit.


10:35 am

Networking Break

11:10 am

Newsmaker Interview

We quiz one of ASEAN’s most influential foreign investors…


  • Rakesh Kochhar

    Senior Vice President, Treasury Sales and Finance, Nissan Motor Co.

11:30 am

Giving the People what they Need – ASEAN Consumer Goods

Has the AEC revolutionized consumer businesses? How are consumer spending habits evolving? Is social media the key to new audiences?


11:55 am

Newsmaker Interview

We quiz one of ASEAN’s most influential in business…


12:10 pm

Urbanization Powering Growth: Is Infrastructure the Key?

We debate whether prioritizing urban infrastructure is the key to unlocking higher growth, where we should be spending the huge MDB liquidity boost, and how infrastructure projects can attract more private investors.


12:35 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm

Unplugging from the Boom & Bust Commodities Cycle

ASEAN’s commodities based economies are causing serious budgetary headaches in times of turmoil. We identify future market prospects, whether moving downstream is the solution, and how we can minimize ASEAN’s growing pollution output.


2:10 pm

Vietnam Equities - Safe Haven or Vulnerable to Foreign Risks?

With a Trump inspired emerging markets selloff and December Fed rate hike odds hitting 92%, we identify whether new consumers, strong manufacturing and steady inflows are enough for the HOSE to weather the storm.


2:35 pm

Deflecting Shocks & Grabbing New Growth – ASEAN Banking & Finance

With global trade and finance flows shifting, we identify the new ASEAN growth areas.


3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:25 pm

Media for Millennials & Monetizing the Internet Economy

What drives the connected generation? Can SEA become a $200 billion internet economy?


  • Sajith Sivanandan

    Managing Director of Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and New Emerging Markets, Google

3:45 pm

ASEAN Tech Unicorns: Ready to Rise Through Market Turmoil?

While currency and market chaos have put the brakes on a predicted VC led tech boom, undeveloped ecommerce, social media and Internet services are still a huge opportunity. We identify the type of unicorns set to rise.


4:10 pm

Policy Vision: Promoting a Resilient, High-Trade & Innovative ASEAN

How can we prioritize internal trade and investment? Can currencies stay strong alongside Fed hikes? Is ASEAN’s 50X GDP per capita inequality a drag on regional growth?


4:35 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm

Reception and ASEAN Dinner


Nguyễn Xuân Phúc

Prime Minister Vietnam

Nazir Razak

Chairman CIMB Group

Thomas Lembong

Chairman Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)

Nguyen Chi Dung

Minister of Planning and Investment Vietnam

Luu Duc Khanh

Managing Director VietJet Air

Wouter Van Wersch

President & CEO GE, ASEAN

Truong Gia Binh

President FPT Corp.

Roger Lee


Thinh Pham

CEO Deloitte Vietnam

Chartsiri Sophonpanich

President Bangkok Bank

Rakesh Kochhar

Senior Vice President, Treasury Sales and Finance Nissan Motor Co.

Ganesan Ampalavanar

Managing Director Nestlé Vietnam

Randy Jusuf

Managing Director, ASEAN Kimberly Clark

Axel Pannes

Managing Director BMW Group Asia

Trinh Van Quyet

Chairman FLC Group JSC

James Cameron

Head of Project and Export Finance, Asia Pacific HSBC

Jordan Schwartz

Director, Singapore Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub The World Bank

Omar Shahzad

Group CEO Meinhardt Group

Prakash Jhanwer

Regional Controller, Southeast Asia Olam International

Dominic Scriven

Chairman Dragon Capital Group

Kevin Snowball

CEO & CIO PXP Asset Management

Lito Camacho

Credit Suisse Vice-Chairman, Asia Pacific

Sajith Sivanandan

Managing Director of Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and New Emerging Markets Google

Vishal Harnal

Partner 500 Start-Ups

Henry Nguyen

Managing General Partner IDG Ventures Vietnam

Jeffrey Paine

Founding Partner Golden Gate Ventures

Mustapa Mohamed

Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia


Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI):

The Ministry of Planning and Investment is a government agency of Socialist Republic of Vietnam which performs the functions of state management over planning, development investment and statistics, including the provision of general advices on strategies, plans for national socio- economic development; on development planning, mechanism and policies for general economic management and some specific fields; on domestic investment, foreign investment into Vietnam and Vietnam’s investment abroad; economic zones (including industrial parks, border-gate economic zones, hi-tech parks and other types of economic zones); on management of official development assistance source (hereinafter called ODA for short) and foreign non-governmental aids; on bidding; on establishment and development of enterprises, and collective economy and cooperative sector; on statistics; performs the state management over public services in the sectors, fields under its management as prescribed by law.


Bangkok Bank is one of the largest regional banks in Southeast Asia. Established in 1944 and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, it is Thailand’s market leader in corporate and SME banking and has the country’s largest retail customer base of 17 million accounts. In addition to a nationwide domestic branch network of more than 1,200 branches, the bank’s 24/7 self-service network includes over 9000 ATMs and 1,200 cash deposit machines, plus mobile, phone and internet banking.

Internationally, Bangkok Bank has the largest overseas branch network of any Thai bank with 30 overseas branches in 14 economies, including branches in nine of the countries which make up the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While its international network is focused on Southeast Asia and China, its global presence includes branches in New York, London and Tokyo. It is the only Thai bank with a local license in China, Bangkok Bank (China) and it also has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bangkok Bank Berhad, in Malaysia.

The bank’s ongoing market leadership is due to its philosophy of developing long-term supportive partnerships with its customers. The complementary synergies between its international, corporate, investment, business and personal-banking services means the bank offers an impressive breadth and depth of services to both local clients and international investors.

PXP Vietnam Asset Management (“PXP”) is an independent boutique investment manager which focuses solely on equity investment in Vietnam. PXP is a fundamental, bottom-up, research-driven investment manager with current assets under management of approximately US$ 180 million and a track record of significant outperformance against the benchmark Viet Nam Index since inception on 31 December 2003, when Viet Nam had only 22 listed companies.

We manage two Cayman Islands domiciled mutual funds, namely PXP Vietnam Emerging Equity Fund and PXP Vietnam Smaller Companies Fund. From our office in Ho Chi Minh City we cover over 120 of Vietnam’s nearly 700 listed companies, representing in excess of 90% of total market capitalisation.

PXP was co-founded by Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer Kevin Snowball in October 2002.

Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline with low-cost and diversified services to meet customers’ demands. It provides not only transport services but also uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services for consumers. Vietjet recently became a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) after receiving the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate years ago. Vietjet was also named as one of the Top 500 Brands in Asia 2016 by global marketing research company Nielsen and “Best Asian Low Cost Carrier” at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, which compiles votes from travelers, travel agencies and tour operators in throughout Asia. The airline was also rated as one of the top three fastest growing airline brands on FaceBook in the world by Socialbakers.

Currently, the airline boasts a fleet of 40 aircraft, including A320s and A321s, and operates 350 flights each day. It has already opened 53 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Myanmar. It has carried nearly 30 million passengers to date.

Looking ahead, the airline plans to expand its network across the region. To prepare for this plan, Vietjet has signed agreements with the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers to purchase more brand-new and modern aircraft.

Like Vietjet on Facebook,, follow us on Twitter, @Vietjetvietnam, and watch our videos at

Vingroup Joint Stock Company is one of the largest listed companies in Vietnam by market capitalization, our mission is “To create a better life for the Vietnamese people.”

Vingroup today bases its strategy on the principles of sustainability and professional management to operate in four main business segments property, hospitality, entertainment, consumer retail, and social infrastructure services (healthcare, education, agriculture).

VINHOMES sales of nearly 34,000 apartments, villas and shop-houses

5,000 five-star VINPEARL hotel rooms throughout Vietnam

3,500,000 VINPEARL LAND guests a year

VINSCHOOL enrolment of over 13,000 K-12 students

1,000 VINMART supermarkets and VINMART+ convenience stores, grow their presence in Vietnam, in 56 of a total 63 cities and provinces

26 VINCOM shopping centres, with nearly 1 million square metres of retail space

Nearly 40,000 employees plus thousands more jobs created for the economy in construction and other services supporting our activities

TOTAL ASSETS VND158 trillion ($6.9 billion)

MARKET CAPITALIZATION VND120 trillion ($2.2 billion)


The British Business Group Vietnam (“BBGV”), started as a luncheon club in 1991, was first licensed in 1998. We were the first ever Foreign Business Group to obtain formal recognition in Vietnam.

Now boasting more than 460 members, we pride ourselves on our friendliness and approachability. Our main objective is to promote our members’ business interests in Vietnam, through various business and social events. Our Business Centre aims to facilitate better trade ties between British and Vietnamese companies via our trade services. Apart from business links, we focus our resources and dedication on our charity work. For example, the annual Fun Run for Charity has been operating in HCMC since 2000 and Hanoi since 2015, this is one of the events as part of our commitment to building linkages with the local community.

For more information please visit

For over 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia. ASEAN now represents more than 620 million people and a combined GDP of more than US $2.4 trillion across Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Council’s 150+ members include the largest U.S. companies working in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for a century or more.

The Council is the only U.S.-based organization recognized in the ASEAN charter. In service of its members, the Council leads major business missions to key economies, convenes multiple meetings with ASEAN heads of state and ministers, and is the only U.S. organization to be given the privilege to raise member company concerns in consultations with the ASEAN Finance, Energy and Economic Ministers, as well as the ASEAN Customs Directors-General at their annual meetings.

With long-established personal and professional relationships with key ASEAN and U.S. decision makers, the Council is able to arrange genuine dialogues, solve problems, and facilitate opportunities in all types of market conditions, and provide market entry and exclusive advisory services.

The Council has offices in Washington, D.C, New York, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) is the leading UK-based organisation promoting trade and investment between the UK and ASEAN’s dynamic markets.

The UKABC are passionate about helping UK companies of all sizes build new contacts, provide market insights and raise awareness of the vast commercial developments in what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting, vibrant and fastest growing regions in the world.

Working closely with the UK and ASEAN governments, key partner organisations, including the British Chambers of Commerce in ASEAN, influential corporates, experienced SMEs, market experts and professional services providers, UKABC have created an extensive UK-ASEAN business network that links UK innovation and expertise with ASEAN’s commercial developments.

UKABC brings ASEAN to the UK through a sustained calendar of country briefings, targeted meetings with ASEAN decision-makers and promotional events. In addition they have an all new digital platform, a one-stop-shop for all things ASEAN, including events, news, opportunities and publications.

You can find us at

The EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) is the primary voice for European business within the ASEAN region, being endorsed by the European Commission and recognised as such by the ASEAN Secretariat. Independent of both bodies, the Council has been established to help promote the interests of European businesses operating within ASEAN and to advocate for changes in policies and regulations which would help promote trade and investment between Europe and the ASEAN region.

Established in 2012, the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is known as “the voice” of the Canadian private sector in ASEAN. The CABC’s mission is to educate and guide its members toward concrete commercial opportunities and to facilitate the creation of a sustainable and prosperous Canada-ASEAN business corridor.

The council has three primary offering for its members: to provide/produce region-specific educational materials in partnership with leading universities and think tanks; serve as an advocacy engine to Canadian and regional governments in order to provide a platform through which to enact change; and facilitate high-level networking opportunities between Canadian and ASEAN companies, using our extensive network to provide an effective means for our members to make key connections in the region. The CABC hosts the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum, in addition number of sector-specific events.

Based in Singapore, the CABC has recently launched its first Canadian office in Calgary, Alberta.

The ASEAN Business Club is a fully private sector driven initiative for ASEAN’s major home grown corporations to come together and fully engage in ASEAN’s integration efforts. Being the first regional business club with the aim of achieving regional integration, ABC will be leading networking vehicle to form relationships across the region; thus serving as a platform to speak to each other across the ten ASEAN countries to identify challenges and areas of opportunity. It also aims to provide support an advocacy for governments to achieve an ASEAN Economic Community that will benefit its citizens.

Participation in the summit is by invitation only.

To request an invitation or inquire for more details, please email us at