More than 300 business leaders from across the
ASEAN region will converge on Singapore to attend the ASEAN
Business Club (ABC) Forum 2014 on 8 and 9 September.
The leaders will address concerns on the ASEAN
regionís readiness for an integrated economic region under the
ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
initiative, the corporate sectorís expectations and challenges to
AEC, which is set to come into effect on 31 December 2015.
forum will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.
ASEAN Business Club Advisory Council member and
AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes will chair the forum.
Lim Hng Kiang, Minister of Trade and Industry of
Singapore, will be the guest of honor at the forum.
The forum will focus primarily on six sectors: 1) Legal and
Tax; 2) Automotive and Manufacturing; 3) Financial Services and Capital Markets; 4) Minerals, Oil and Gas; 5) Food and
Agriculture; and 6) Retail.
Discussions in the forum will be
included in the ASEAN Business Clubís ďLifting-the-BarriersĒ
reports on each of the sectors, and the reports Ė which will
highlight industry barriers and bottlenecks as well as propose
solutions Ė will be delivered on a later date to ASEAN officials,
all economic ministers in the region and the media.
Independent research partners Frost & Sullivan, AT Kearney,
ZicoLaw, Ernst & Young, Bain & Company and Accenture are spearheading research for the reports.
forum, the ASEAN Business Club aims to promote sector-based
discussions to enhance the ASEAN agenda. It seeks to help better
prepare the ASEAN regionís business community for AEC, which will
establish a single market and production base by 2015. It also
aims to help attract more investments in the region, initiate
reforms, prepare the work force for market integration and improve
the regionís competitiveness alongside neighboring economic giants
China, Japan and India.
The ASEAN Business Club is
a fully private sector-driven initiative that serves as a forum
for ASEANís top business leaders to network, collaborate and play
a leading role in the process of ASEAN economic integration.
members include some of the most prominent business leaders in the
region, including council members Nazir Razak, Tony Fernandes,
Patrick Walujo, Chairul Tanjung, Chartsiri Sophonpanich, Tos
Chirathivat, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Cezar Consing, Chew Gek
Khim, Goh Yew Lin and Thura K. Ko.
The forum is
organized by the ASEAN Business Club and the CIMB ASEAN Research
Institute (CARI), a public organization committed to the
development of the ASEAN Economic Community and which serves as
the secretariat of the ASEAN Business Club.
This yearís forum is
sponsored by Silverlake Axis, DBS Bank and CIMB.
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