At 52 years old, Asean is officially middle aged. Far from nearing retirement, the next few years will require Asean to fully utilize its years of experience to avoid a mid-life crisis. With trade wars upending the region’s position within global supply chains, over 65% of the entire population going to the polls, and China continuing its regional assertiveness, the next year could be one of Asean’s most disruptive.
To navigate the chaos, Asean has some options: It can increase global connectivity, improve environmental sustainability, improve its patchy record on gender equality and utilize technology to leap up global value chains.
The 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit will gather global business and regional policy leaders to identify how to grab these opportunities. Hosted in partnership with the Thailand Ministry of Industry as a part of Thailand’s Asean chairmanship in 2019, the summit will serve as a key platform to create an actionable roadmap for accelerating Asean’s growth.