Understanding the Alternative Financing Landscape in ASEAN


(In a report published by the World Bank, ASEAN’s economy is expected to grow on an average of 5.2% annually over the next five years. In addition, the recent US-China trade war may have hindered global growth, but it also ironically offers opportunities for ASEAN, which Singapore SMEs will look to take advantage of. The ability to secure financing will be a key to ease the path for SMEs to grow and venture abroad, however only 60% of SMEs in the ASEAN region have access to bank loans and around 50% are unserved or underserved by financial institutions. Tighter covenant enforcement and tough credit requirements mean that many are growing increasingly receptive to alternative sources of funding.

During this session, our panellists will discuss about how SMEs can address various challenges and difficulties when venturing into ASEAN by looking into different supply chain and alternative financing options that are available in the ASEAN region for cash flow to bridge their working capital needs.

Event Details

  • Date:Friday, 26 April 2019
  • Time:9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Venue:SBF Office Centre, Seminar Room

    160 Robinson Rd #06-01, SBF Center, Singapore 068914

  • Fee per pax: Complimentary
  • Attire: Business Attire


Event Programme


9:00am – 9:30am




9:30am – 9:35am

Welcome Remarks by Singapore Business Federation


By Mr Thian Tai Chew, Assistant Executive Director, Global Business Division ASEAN, SBF


9:35am – 10:00am

Challenges SMEs face when venturing abroad into ASEAN

Size of ASEAN as a region compared to other major economies e.g. China, India

• Imbalance of developed ASEAN countries vs developing ASEAN countries

• Opportunities for developed ASEAN countries like Singapore to expand regionally and also play a role to help developing ASEAN countries like Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

• Highlights of opportunities and key development areas in developing ASEAN – infrastructure, construction, tech etc.

• While there are opportunities, there will also be challenges in areas including:

- Market entry

- Regulatory considerations

- Exchange controls. Regulatory considerations

• Fostering the spirit of ASEAN citizenship and cooperation


By Mr Kevin Lee, Managing Consultant, Light Bulb Advisory


10:00am – 11:00am

Panel Discussion – Alternative Financing Landscape in Singapore & ASEAN



Kevin Lee



Denise Ang, Nufin Data representing Domestic Financing

Dimitri Kouchnirenko, IncomLend representing Cross Border Financing

Berlitz Offshore and Marine

11:00am – 11:15am

NEMO Live Demo (Present Use Cases & Showcase Demo)


By Alan Lee, Project & Technology Director

11:15am – 12:30pm


4/26/2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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