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10th ASEAN & Asia Forum

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05 Oct 10th ASEAN & Asia Forum

A Future Ready ASEAN: People & Growth in an Uncertain World

ASEAN is celebrating its 50th anniversary at a time when the regional architecture is fast evolving. Firstly, the region’s equilibrium of peace is challenged by the USA’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This has introduced new questions regarding the credibility of US leadership in the region at a time when China and Japan are engaging in strong economic diplomacy.

Secondly, growing anti-globalisation sentiments have brought widening income gaps to light, raising doubts over the benefits of free trade. As American and European markets become less supportive of globalisation, intra-Asian links will matter more than ever before.

To help businesses understand these emerging trends and their potential impact on the region, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is organising the 10th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), focusing on the theme of “A Future Ready ASEAN: People & Growth in an Uncertain World”. The SIIA invites business leaders, diplomats, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to tackle these issues collaboratively and advance regional thinking in pertinent issues, facing ASEAN and Asia.

Keynote Speaker

Mr. S Iswaran
, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), Singapore

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 5th October 2017
Time: 8:00am – 3:40pm (Registration starts at 8am; Conference commences at 9am)


  • Panel 1: Bridging ASEAN’s Infrastructure Gaps (The Hatakeyama Panel)
  • Panel 2: A People-driven ASEAN – Trends Influencing the Region
  • Panel 3: Balancing ASEAN’s Next Phase of Economic Reforms – Rising Populism and its Impact on Growth
  • Workshop 1*: AEC and the Future Economy: Redefining the E-commerce and the Digital Space
  • Workshop 2*: Singapore as a Regional Hub – What Now, What Next?

*Kindly note that seats for the Workshop(s) are subject to availability.

About the ASEAN & Asia Forum (AAF)

The SIIA’s annual flagship event is also Singapore’s leading conference for private sector representatives to better understand the region’s political, economic and other strategic challenges and their implications for business. The Forum draws more than 200 high-level corporate leaders and policy makers who are also keen to expand their regional networks.

Previous AAFs have featured Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, former Prime Minister of Singapore; Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin bin Yassin, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia; and U Soe Thane, Union Coordinating Minister for Economic Development, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

The AAF attracts significant media coverage, widely covered by both local and regional media outlets. News coverage of the AAF appears in media outlets such as TODAY, Channel NewsAsia (CNA), and Bloomberg, as well as via social media platform Twitter and Facebook. The media engagement has been useful in promoting awareness about ASEAN and international affairs.