August 19 – 22 2013, Brunei Darussalam


 August 19 2013 (Monday)

04:00 pm – 06:30 pm
Registration of Participants
The Empire Hotel & Country Club
07:30 pm – 09:00 pm
The Empire Hotel & Country Club

Hosted by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Brunei

Welcome Speech by:

 August 20 2013 (Tuesday)
 International Convention Centre (ICC)

08:00 am – 09:00 am
Registration of Participants
09:00 am – 10:00 am
Breakfast Networking
10:00 am – 10:30 am

Welcome Remark by:
Fauziah DSP Hj Talib, Chair, ASEAN Business Advisory Council 2013

OPENING by His Majesty and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam,
ASEAN Chair 2013

10:30 am – 10:45 am
Acknowledgement of Sponsors
10:45 am – 11:00 am
"Economic Outlook & Structural Policy Challenges in ASEAN" by:
Keynote Speaker 2 –Mr. Kensuke Tanaka, Head of Asia Desk, OECD
Development Centre
11:00 – 12:15 am
"ASEAN 2015 – Turning Vision Into Reality: Where Are We At"

A Special Dialogue with the ASEAN Economic and Trade Minister on:

  • What exactly have ASEAN achieved to ensure regional economic integration by 2015 (AEC)?
  • What more does ASEAN need to do to turn vision into reality for the business community in ASEAN, and how can it really benefit the business community?
  • ''Regional vs National interests' – has this become a stumbling block for the AEC?
  • How can intra-Asean trade be enhanced and what more can be done to facilitate business activities in ASEAN.

Keynote Speaker:

  • HE U Win Myint, Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar (TBC)


  • Junie del Mundo, CEO of EON The Stakeholder Relations Firm
  • Sam Kim, Vice President - ASEAN, Procter & Gamble.
  • Matthew Russell, Head of Regions, South Asia, India & South East Asia, Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank


12:15 pm – 01:30 pm
  • Introductory Remark by Alexander Feldman, President of US ASEAN Business Council
  • Special Luncheon Address – "The importance of ASEAN - Regionally Integrated and Globally Connected" by Under Secretary Francisco Sanchez, Department of Commerce, US Government

01:30 pm – 03:00 pm
"Leveling The Playing Field - The Next Steps For ASEAN"

For ASEAN to stay relevant and given the current global and regional
economic landscape, there is a need to enhance ASEAN

  • What can ASEAN do to enhance the competitiveness of the region and be globally connected?
  • How can ASEAN businesses contribute towards the integration process.

Findings from the ASEAN 2011-2012 Survey highlighted the need to raise more awareness on ASEAN and especially in promoting related AEC activities.

  • What are the key findings of the ASEAN 2013 Competitiveness Survey? Do the findings highlight an improvement from previous years.
  • Are the challenges surmountable - how can we work together with ASEAN to get us beyond any impediments, to ease doing business in ASEAN?

Keynote Speaker:

  • Richard Bolt, Advisor to SE Asia Department, Asian Development Bank


  • John Goyer, Senior Director, Southeast Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Lili Yan Ing, Economist, Economic Research Institute for
    ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Dr Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Singapore


03:00 pm – 04:30 pm
"The Road to Growth And Prosperity – RCEP with Real Business Insights"

A Special Ministerial Session with Commerce / Trade and Economic Ministers of ASEAN's Trade Partners (China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand) to look at the issues of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnerships (RCEP); building stronger partnerships for growth and prosperity.

  • What are the key ingredients needed to build stronger partnerships for growth and prosperity?
  • What can the ASEAN business community expect from such a regional economic expansion of ASEAN with its Plus 1 dialogue partners?
  • Are the prospects real in terms of benefit to businesses?


  • Insights on RCEP from Economic / Trade Minister(s)
    • HE Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce & Industry, India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India
    • HE Tim Groser, Minister for Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, New Zealand (TBC)


  • Insights from Research Institute


  • Real Business Insights from
    • Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman, Sunwah Group, Hong Kong & Honorary President, Hong Kong General Chinese Chamber of Commerce
    • Anangga W Roosdiono, ASEAN BAC Indonesia and representative of Kadin



"Food For Thought – Securing Food Supply For A Sustainable Future"

Regulatory harmonisation plays a key role in trade and investment, and the success of regional economic integration will depend on the consistent application of these principles. For the food industry the challenge lies in reconciling practical business approach with regulation, as well as leveraging on opportunties made available through ASEAN agreements, free trade agreements and other schemes.

  • What are the issues affecting the food industry?
  • How will regulatory harmonisation effect the industry?
  • What are the benefits to business and how can existing regulation be adjusted toward not only addressing the need for harmonisation but also to meet the needs of businesses?
  • How can business help ASEAN to deliver a conducive environment for the food industry?


Keynote Speaker(s):

  • Bev Postma, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore


  • Mr. John G. Keogh, Global Advisor & Director, Product and Consumer Safety, GS1 Global Office
  • Andrew McConville (Asia Pacific) of Syngenta Asia Pacific
  • HE David Lee Carden, Ambassador of the US to ASEAN


06:30 pm – 07:00 pm

 August 20 2013 (Tuesday evening)

08:00 pm – 10:00 pm

GALA DINNER at the Plenary Hall of the International convention Centre
Hosted by his Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah

SPECIAL ADDRESS by HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah

ASEAN Business Awards | Cultural & Musical Entertainment


 August 21 2013 (Wednesday)
 The International Convention Centre

08:00 am – 08:30 am
Arrival of Participants
08:30 am – 08:45 am
SPECIAL ADDRESS by Yu Ping, Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Immediate Past Chairman of East Asia Business Council (EABC)
08:45 am – 09:00 am

Introductory Remark by Victor Tarusin, Executive Director, Russia ASEAN Business Council

Special Address on Connectivity – HE Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development Russian Federation

09:00 am – 10:30 am
"Accelerating ASEAN Connectivity – Linkages For Growth"

ASEAN has adopted the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan covering Physical, Institutional and People Connectivity and identified priority projects for fast track implementation.

  • How can ASEAN accelerate the implementation of the Connectivity Master Plan?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the Private Sector?

The development of an ASEAN Business Travel Card (ABTC) is one of the areas idenitifed by ASEAN in its efforts to facilitate business, specifially on the movement of business people and investment.

  • How can ASEAN make this a reality for business.

The development of an ASEAN Business Travel Card (ABTC) is one of the areas idenitifed by ASEAN in its efforts to facilitate business, specifially on the movement of business people and investment.

  • How can ASEAN make this a reality for business.

Keynote Speaker(s):


  • Lim Chze Cheen, Head of ASEAN Connectivity Division, the ASEAN Secretariat
  • Carsten Hess, VP, Head of AP & EEMEA Corporate Public Policy at Deutsche Post DHL
  • Alexander Böhmer, Head, MENA-OECD, Investment Programme


10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 12:15 pm

"Enhancing Business Cycle – From Cradle To Success"

  • How can MSME's in ASEAN be further developed to benefit from regional integration?
  • Access to captial is critical to all businesses, from the point of start up to trading across borders.
    • How can SMEs access to capital be enhanced?
    • Is there room for a ONE ASEAN SME Financing
    • Scheme and how does aternative financing fit into the
  • How does business integrity (business ethics) play a role in contributing to the success of MSMEs in ASEAN.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dato' Hafsah Hashim, CEO of SME Corp. Malaysia
  • Rubin Japhta, SME Banking Specialist and the Gender Finance Specialist for IFC in the East Asia and Pacific region, World Bank



  • Stuart Kemp, Consulting Partner, BizAdvize Services Sdn Bhd

"Business As Unusual – The Way Forward for ASEAN businesses"

Business thrive best in an environment which is market and business friendly. Barriers to business should be reduced and a process of
deregulation and liberalisation adopted to move ASEAN forward

  • What are the challenges facing business integration in ASEAN?
  • How to enhance cross-border mergers and acquisitions?
  • How to facilitate regional business expansion

Introductory Remark by Jay Juvalloa, President of Interior Basic Export Group, ASEAN BAC Philippines followed by moderating the session.


  • Wing Aung, President, Myanmar Federation of
    Commerce & Industry | Chairman, Dagon Group of Companies
  • Guiseppe Nicolosi, Regional Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Advisory Services
  • Prakash Chandran, President and CEO, Siemens Malaysia


12:15 pm – 01:30 pm

01:30 pm – 01:45 pm
Introductory Remark byAnangga W Roosdiono, ASEAN BAC Indonesia

Special Address on Canada and ASEAN: Partners in Prosperity – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister Of Trade, Canada

01:45 pm – 03:15 pm

"Leveraging Education, Technology and Innovation – Key Drivers of Future Prosperity"

Regional and National Competitiveness are driven by education, technology and innovation.

  • What are key success factors for an Innovation-led economy?
  • How can ASEAN collaborate on technology and information?
  • What are the opportunities in Education, Technology and Innovation?

Introductory Remarks by Haslina Taib, CEO, BAG Networks, Brunei followed by moderating the session.


  • Kieran Janin, Chief Executive Officer, MeSixty
  • Lisa Mihardja, CEO of Alleira Batik
  • Chong Kal Kok, Senior Director, Delta Electronics


03:15 pm – 04:45 pm
"Invest ASEAN – Best Practices Vis A Vis Competitive Environment"

Taking investment capability to the next level – post formalisation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA), what has
developed since?

  • How does the agreement faclitiate investment flow into and within the ASEAN region.
  • What are the major benefits to investment activities.
  • What is the next level of development of this agreement.

Keynote Speaker(s):



04:45 pm – 06:15 pm
"Moving Ahead Together - What Next? Where Do We Go From Here?"

This session will provide a conclusion on the outcome of the summit – a summary of key recommendations identified from the two days
discussion will be highlighted with the inclusion of discussions involving Presidents and Chairs of ASEAN +1 Business Councils as PANELISTs (as well as other +1 Business Councils (Programme Delegates) to intervene from the audience) on the way forward.

  • How can the various business councils together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council forge a reinforced and sustainable strategic partnership.
  • What are the common areas of interest that can be enhanced for the development of SMEs; and provide greater opportunities for businesses in ASEAN and its Plus 1s economy.
  • How can we pull together as one voice on recommendations to AEM and Leaders.

Keynote Speaker(s):


  • Fauziah DSP Hj Talib, Chair of ASEAN Business Advisory Council
  • Kevin Speed, President of Canada ASEAN Business Council
  • Xu Ningning, Executive Secretary General of China ASEAN Business Council
  • Stefano Poli, President of EU ASEAN Business Council
  • Dato Ramesh Koddamal, Co-Chair of India ASEAN Business Council
  • David Catty, Director for ASEAN New Zealand Business Council (Combined Australia – New Zeland)
  • Victor Tarusin, Executive Director of Russia ASEAN Business Council
  • Alexander Feldman, Chairman of US ASEAN Business Council
  • Mr. Tetsuya Kaneko, Assistant to the Director, Marubeni Research Institute, Marubeni, Representative, ASEANJapan Business Council (AJBC), Associate Advisor, the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Kim Min Hoon, Assistant Manager / International Affairs, Korea International Trade Association (TBC)


06:15 pm – 06:20 pm Closing Remark by:
Lisa DP Hj Ibrahim, Chair, ASEAN BIS 2013
- End of Programme -


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  2. We will try our very best to keep you informed of these changes through our web site, email communications and / or related press releases.

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ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ASEAN-BIS)

The ASEAN BIS is an annual summit that brings together private and public sector organizations, government representatives and captains of industry from within and outside ASEAN for dialogue and networking.

ASEAN BAC collaborates with ASLI to organize this annual summit aimed to increase ASEAN’s attractiveness and competitiveness.