Asean faces a pivotal year ahead: As an economic bloc, it has a unique opportunity to build on economic gains and capitalize on manifold investment opportunities.
The international world order is undergoing a tectonic shift – the US is preoccupied with domestic issues, Brexit is rattling the EU and China’s trajectory towards global dominance appears unchecked. Against this changing backdrop, the future of the bloc of ten southeast Asian countries is in limbo. Can Asean seize the opportunity and transform itself into a powerhouse capable of challenging the new global paradigm – if not, will its influence erode? The way the political and business leaders of this bloc react to the current climate will be key in determining Asean’s future.
Thought it was originally conceived to address geo political stability in the heart of a dynamic and diverse region, Asean’s key driver now is economics – it is the engine that drives rising incomes and prosperity. As an expanding middle class gets wealthier, international companies tap domestic markets, local businesses push ahead with international expansion and technology impacts every facet of daily life, Bloomberg Live convenes the 4th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit in Bangkok on July 12th.
Join us for a day of invigorating solution oriented discussions as we bring together market moving international and regional CEO’s, government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thinkers. Backed by Bloomberg’s unmatched journalism, data and analysis, the summit will discuss pivotal opportunities and the main challenges facing Asean which will allow the region’s leaders to make smart choices and informed decisions so Asean, a huge market of over 630 million people, can control its own economic destiny.
July 12 - Thursday
Registration Opens & Welcome Refreshments
We look at some of the big infrastructure projects aimed at kickstarting growth in Asean economies – can ambitious projects like the Eastern Economic Corridor and Thailand 4.0 help countries work their way out of the middle income trap? What impact will BRI have on Asean economies?
ASEAN Head & Citi Country Officer, Singapore
Chairman and Group CEO, WHA Corporation PCL
Secretary General, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand
President, Bangkok Bank
Columnist, Bloomberg Opinion
Spotlight: The Future of Central Group
Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate is expanding its footprint both domestically and internationally. The company, which already has a presence in Europe and Vietnam is eyeing big investment opportunities in neighbouring Asean countries specially Cambodia, Lao and Myanmar as it plans to double the number of stores in Vietnam by 2022. What about the giant in the neighbourhood, China? Central Group has announced a $500 mn joint venture with JD.com, China’s online behemoth.
President, Central Group
Bangkok Bureau Chief, Bloomberg
ASEAN's Consensus Dilemma
Asean’s future will be defined by how it handles external challenges such as shifting trade dynamics and Beijing’s growing dominance in Asia. Could it counter China’s rise or will be a beneficiary? What will play an even greater role in determining Asean’s relevance, however, is how its ten members co-operate between themselves. Given the stark linguistic, cultural, religious and political differences that range from authoritarian regimes to democracies, many member states do not see eye-to-eye. Do differing national priorities mean it is time to abandon the Asean principle of consensus?
In addition to the recent national elections in Malaysia, the region also faces upcoming elections in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. This panel looks at the potential and challenges for the Asean region through a geo political lens.
Senior Partner, Asia Pacific, Control Risks
Professor of Law, Singapore Management University (SMU)
Director, Asian Power and Diplomacy Program, Lowy Institute
Senior International Editor, Bloomberg
Spotlight: Developing a Financial System for the Future
The Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Veerathai Santiprabhob shares insight into his plan to support economic growth and preserve financial stability.
Governor, Bank of Thailand
Asean will have a significant impact on energy and commodities in the coming decade due to the region’s insatiable demand and its favourable geography and demographics. As the regions young population grows and creates a burgeoning new middle class, demand for housing, infrastructure, appliances, cars will rise. All of this will require energy and steel among other commodities. Does Asean have the resources to meet this demand? What impact will sanctions on Iran have on Asean countries where millions of people still live in the dark? We check the status of Asean’s push towards renewable energy, keeping in mind coal is expected to become the region’s predominant fossil fuel in another 15 years, and we get the view from environmentalists – in our commodities conclave.
Managing Director, Novastra Group
Chief Strategist, JTD Energy Services Pte
Senior Project Advisor, The Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Oil Trading Asia Reporter, Bloomberg
ASEAN Business: Beyond Borders
We sit down with some of the regions most exciting cross border businesses to gain insight into how Asean businesses can succeed internationally – and we hear from companies that have chosen to cross borders or entered into cross border partnerships to achieve success.
President, South Asia District, UPS
Group Chief Economist, Sea Group
Southeast Asia Economy Reporter, Bloomberg
How to Spend It: Where is Asean's Middle Class Putting its Money?
We look at the spending habits of Asean’s growing middle class – what are they buying? Where are they investing their money? What defines the Asean millennial consumer? We look at the changing order of household balance sheets.
Founder, Crayon Data
Vice President, Communications, Asia & Oceania, Nissan
Managing Editor, Asia Markets, Bloomberg
The executive chef behind Asia’s best restaurant shares his story and tells us what it takes to create a globally renowned business. Known as a master of reinvention, Gaggan Anand has created an experimental international menu that draws inspiration from his Indian heritage. He speaks to us about his journey that started with him arriving in Bangkok with two pairs of jeans and some petty cash to 2018 – the year he was awarded the title of Asia’s Best Restaurant for the 4th year in a row.
Owner & Executive Chef, Gaggan
Reporter, Social Velocity, Bloomberg
Lunch address by TCEB
Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya
President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
Lunch Session: Profit With a Purpose
Sponsored by TCEB
The founder of the global charity Room to Read speaks about his new book Purpose, Incorporated. His message: cause and capitalism don’t have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, corporates can do better by doing good in the world.
Founder, Room to Read
Senior Editor, Asia Pacific, Bloomberg Live
Business Intelligence: Asean Economies, Spotlight Malaysia
Asean Economist, Bloomberg Economics
The Year Ahead for Investing
Investors and market makers offer their vision for how global and regional markets will play out into the second half of 2018 and onwards.
Chief Investment Officer, Multi Asset Solutions, Eastspring Investments
Managing Director, Forum One, VCG Partners Vietnam Fund
Dr. Pakorn Peetathawatchai
President, The Stock Exchange of Thailand
Executive Editor for global markets, Bloomberg News
Spotlight: Sintesa Group
A formidable businesswoman, she is the CEO of Indonesian conglomerate Sintesa, one of the nation’s largest distributors of consumer products.
Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
CEO, Sintesa Group
Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television
Tourism: A Growth Engine
South-east Asia’s travel and tourism industry has incredible potential to transform the region by generating growth, creating jobs, boosting infrastructure and enabling development. We look at how tourism can be a key growth engine in the ASEAN region.
Managing Editor, Southeast Asia, Bloomberg
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
One of the fastest growing regions in Asia Pacific, Asean is projected to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030. Growth will be heavily powered by the digital economy. Technology, which is indispensable in every area of our life, has the potential to change businesses and society. The possibilities are infinite.
CEO, SCB Abacus
President, Southeast Asia, SAP
Head of Asean Region, SWIFT
Senior Analyst, Asia Financials, Bloomberg Intelligence
Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television
End of Summit
H.E. Dr. Uttama SavanayanaKingdom of Thailand Minister of Industry
Veerathai SantiprabhobBank of Thailand Governor
Sutapa AmornvivatSCB Abacus CEO
Gaggan AnandGaggan Owner & Executive Chef
Claus AndresenSAP President, Southeast Asia
John BrownAgoda CEO
Dane ChamorroControl Risks Senior Partner, Asia Pacific
Linda DokuNovastra Group Managing Director
John DriscollJTD Energy Services Pte Chief Strategist
Colin GrahamEastspring Investments Chief Investment Officer, Multi Asset Solutions
Amol GupteASEAN Head & Citi Country Officer, Singapore
Locknie HsuSingapore Management University (SMU) Professor of Law
Kattiya IndaravijayaKasikornbank President
Chiruit Isarangkun Na AyuthayaThailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) President
Jareeporn JarukornsakulWHA Corporation PCL Chairman and Group CEO
Shinta Widjaja KamdaniSintesa Group CEO
Dong KeThe Nature Conservancy (TNC) Senior Project Advisor, The Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT)
Hervé LemahieuLowy Institute Director, Asian Power and Diplomacy Program
Naveen MenonCisco Asean President
Thu NguyenVCG Partners Vietnam Fund Managing Director, Forum One
Jim O'GaraUPS President, South Asia District
Dr. Pakorn PeetathawatchaiThe Stock Exchange of Thailand President
Yol PhokasubCentral Group President
Santitarn SathirathaiSea Group Group Chief Economist
Kanit SangsubhanEastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand Secretary General
Suresh ShankarCrayon Data Founder
Chartsiri SophonpanichBangkok Bank President
Sharon TohSWIFT Head of Asean Region
Lavanya WadgaonkarNissan Vice President, Communications, Asia & Oceania
John WoodRoom to Read Founder
Marcia YuInternational Finance Corporation (IFC) Senior Investment Officer
Haslinda AminBloomberg Television Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia
Otis BilodeauBloomberg Senior Executive Editor, Asia Pacific
Melissa CheokBloomberg Reporter, Social Velocity
Serene CheongBloomberg Oil Trading Asia Reporter
Linus ChuaBloomberg Managing Editor, Southeast Asia
Diksha GeraBloomberg Intelligence Senior Analyst, Asia Financials
Tamara HendersonBloomberg Economics Asean Economist
Sunil JagtianiBloomberg Bangkok Bureau Chief
Michelle JamriskoBloomberg Southeast Asia Economy Reporter
Mallika KapurBloomberg Live Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
Madeleine LimBloomberg News Executive Editor for global markets
Sarah McDonaldBloomberg Managing Editor, Asia Markets
Andy MukherjeeBloomberg Opinion Columnist
Jodi SchneiderBloomberg Senior International Editor
Bangkok Bank is one of Southeast Asia’s leading regional banks, Thailand’s market leader in corporate and business banking, and has the country’s largest retail customer base. Its nationwide network includes more than 1,200 branches, including self-service outlets, over 9,000 ATMs and 1,200 cash deposit machines, and extensive mobile and internet banking services.
Internationally, Bangkok Bank has the largest overseas branch network of any Thai bank with 32 overseas locations in 15 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 first Thai bank with a local license in China, held by Bangkok Bank (China), and it also has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bangkok Bank Berhad, in Malaysia.
The Bank’s 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 and international clients.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (also known as TCEB) is a public organization tasked with promoting and developing business events in Thailand. TCEB has worked toward establishing Thailand as Asia’s premier business events destination, by providing flexible, service-oriented support to meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions business.
TCEB is solution partner in all aspects for event owner, conference and exhibition organizers who plan to hold business event in Thailand – what happens inside the venue is just the beginning. We’re dedicated not only to facilitating world-class business events, but to making business travelers experience of the Kingdom’s remarkable array of destinations, activities and attractions.
Towards this end, key strategic role of TCEB are:
YOUR KEY GOVERNMENT PARTNER; Supporting bids to stage global and regional business events in Thailand
YOUR STRATEGIC BUSINESS PARTNER; Delivering creative ideas and providing strategic solutions as well as supporting schemes designed for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions.
CALLABORATION WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS; Elevating your organization through successful business events in Thailand
TCEB supports more than 200 business events and wins bids around 20 events each year. For more information, please visit www.businesseventsthailand.com
The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) is the leading international business association in Thailand.
Our mission is to create value for our members through advocacy, business intelligence, and networks. We are dedicated to promoting an open and robust business climate between Thailand and the U.S., contributing to Thailand’s stature as an international business hub.
AMCHAM helps our members to:
- Access crucial thought leadership and understand the local, regional, and global operating environment.
- Engage in advocacy through AMCHAM’s collaborative relationship with the U.S. and Thai governments.
- Network with a select group of current and future business leaders at more than 200 events a year.
- Develop best practices and attract top talent while exchanging ideas with peers from leading businesses.
- Gain industry-specific insights through high-level working groups and our 21 committees.
- Increase brand visibility in Thailand through our different communication channels
The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), established in 2012, facilitates increased trade and investment in the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor and provides its members with concrete commercial opportunities to grow their companies. It advocates regularly on behalf of its members, and is known as the voice of the Canadian private sector in ASEAN.
The CABC’s flagship event is the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum (held every 18 months), which brings together over 300 of the top decision-makers from ASEAN and Canada. CABC also hosts sector-specific events on a regular basis, always in response to the specific business needs of its members.
Since its founding, CABC has produced numerous key initiatives to enhance outcomes for Canadian businesses in the region, including a first-of-its-kind report detailing the specific economic benefits Canada and ASEAN could expect from a free-trade agreement between the regions.
CABC membership includes leading enterprises conducting business or considering doing business between Canada and the ASEAN region. The Council is based in Singapore, and has a representative office in Calgary, Canada.