Asean Outlook Conference 2018

As a region, ASEAN has a growing population of over 620 million people and make up the third largest combined GDP in Asia at US$2.7 trillion in 2017. ASEAN is also the second fastest growing economy in Asia after China.

Overall economic growth for South-east Asia is forecast at about 5 per cent in 2017 and 2018 as countries in the region continue to enjoy robust domestic activity.

Resilience and innovation will be the focus of Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship in a world whereby change is the only constant. This is to ensure that the regional bloc remains a central and dynamic driving force that can deal with challenges and opportunities.

Currently, Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise almost all of private enterprises across the ASEAN region, but only account for around 10 to 30 per cent of total exports. Though progress has been made in the ASEAN economic integration, there are various challenges facing SMEs. These include a relatively lower level of labour productivity when compared to the United States, access to finance, a reluctance to internationalise and look beyond national borders.

More importantly, AEC represents a market of 630 million people for Singapore. Singapore is the right place to have access to this population size of 630 million up and coming middle income group; very discerning consumers demanding of good quality products and the progressively increasing spending power. 

In this 17 January - SBF Asean Outlook Conference, the first panel session will discuss Business Outlook & trends in this region. The second panel will look at the do’s and don’ts in order to successfully operate in the Asean region.

The tentative programme of the event can be found below.

17 January 2018– ASEAN Outlook Conference

Venue : Supply Chain City (8 Bulim Avenue, 648166)



1.30 pm


2.40 pm

Welcome Address -by YCH Dr Robert Yap, Chairman, ASEAN Business Advisory Council (2018)

Sharing of ASEAN 2018 plans. Introduction of Singapore Legacy Project.

2.55 pm

Address by GOH –Senior Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon, MTI

3.05 pm

Market Outlook from the perspective of a Think Tank – by Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd

3.25 pm

ASEAN as a growth region, and how Government isinvolved – by Ivan Tan, Group Director, South East Asia, IE Singapore

3.40 pm

Doing Business in ASEAN – by Mr Dane Chamorro, Senior Partner, Control Risk

4.00 pm

Tea Break

4.10 pm

Panel Discussion – ASEAN Business Outlook & Trends

Business opportunities branches out from Macro Trends. What are the macro trends like for ASEAN in 2018? How would it impact Business opportunities in the region?

Moderator : Mr Tay Woon Teck – Managing Director, RSM

Panel Members:

  • Dr Robert Yap – ABAC Chairman – Singapore
  • Mr Arin Jira – ABAC Chairman - Thailand
  • Mr Oudet Souvannavong - ABAC Chairman - Laos
  • Mr Nick Nash – Group Chairman, SEA Limited

5.10 pm


Panel Discussion – Operating and growing in ASEAN

What should you know when entering into ASEAN. What are the do’s that companies should adopt? What could be the dont’s that companies should take note of?

Moderator :Mr Douglas Foo – ABAC Council Member, Sakae Holding Chairman

Panel Members:

  • Ms Lin Shuimei -Vice President of Public Affairs & Sustainability,

    UPS Asia Pacific

  • Mr Loh Hung Chee- COO, Rigel Technology (S) Pte Ltd

    (Ex-ABA Winner)

  • Mr Dane Chamorro-Senior Partner, Control Risk
  • Mr Low Boon Seong-Managing Director, Align Group,

6.10 pm

End of Programme

1/17/2018 1:00 PM - 1/17/2018 6:00 PM

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