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2nd ASEAN and Asia Forum
 
Date/Time: Apr 17, 2009 / 8.30am-7.00pm
Venue: Meritus Mandarin Singapore
 

The 2nd ASEAN and Asia Forum was held on on the 17th April 2009 at the Meritus Mandarin Singapore, Level 6, Grand ballroom. Our thanks go out to all our speakers, especially YB Tan Sri Dato' Muhyiddin Hj. Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia.

 

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About the ASEAN and Asia Forum 2009

Globalization has transformed economics, trade, and culture world-wide, exerting varying influences, some of which are unique to Asia and The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).  The global economy was tested with the deepening continuation of the 2008 US financial crisis, demonstrating that global financial markets are highly interrelated and that the emerging markets of Asia and ASEAN are not immune. It remains an open question as to how the recommendations from the G-20 Leaders Summit will affect Asia and, in particular, ASEAN.

US National Intelligence predicted in their report analysis, “Global Trends 2025” that the world will shift from a unipolar world (one superpower, the USA) to a multipolar world (USA, China, India, with Japan and Russia) exerting influence. Asia would be looking at vast investor opportunities if this paradigm shift does in fact happen. However, inherent risks are tied with these opportunities.

This 2nd ASEAN and Asia Forum will thus address how governments, multinational corporations and institutions in Asia should individually and collaboratively position themselves in the wake of Asia and ASEAN’s era of risks and opportunities.

 

Programme Schedule: 

 


TIME

EVENT

SPEAKERS
08.30 Registration and Networking  
09:00
Welcome Address
Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Schwartz Fellow, The Asia Society, USA; Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
09:15
Opening Keynote Address
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
09:45 Session 1: What’s the difference: ASEAN’s Past and Present 
ASEAN has continued to develop a framework and infrastructure that will allow it to embrace future opportunities. The ASEAN Charter defines the legal and institutional framework for ASEAN, while the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint aims to transform ASEAN into a strategic single market and production base.

 

  • What are the differing factors between ASEAN now and 40 years back?
  • The negatives and positives of ASEAN: what is in store for ASEAN in the next 40 years?
  • What is ASEAN’s vision and how are we gearing towards achieving them?
  • What is the significance of introducing the ASEAN Charter and Blueprint?
  • How will it aid disputes while observing “The ASEAN Way”?
Panelists:
H.E. Mr. Ong Keng Yong
, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director, Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand)
Tan Sri Jawhar Hassan, Chairman and CEO, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS)
Chair:
H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of Cambodia; President, University of Cambodia
Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Schwartz Fellow, The Asia Society, USA; Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
10:45 Q & A  
11:00 Tea Break  
11:30 Session 2: Economic Challenges facing ASEAN & Asia
Asian markets have been severely affected by the plummeting confidence in the West’s financial arms and instruments. The spike in unemployment, production losses and difficulty in securing credit has aggravated further economic contraction. ASEAN successfully survived the financial crisis of 1997, but it is unclear if the same approach will suffice in the current financial and economic crisis.

 

  • How will ASEAN engage India and China, the two rising economic giants?
  • Has ASEAN and Asia decoupled from the rest of the world?
  • Can ASEAN and Asia take up global economic leadership?
  • Are the existing agreements in the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Area (ACIA) adequate in supporting a solution to the current financial and economic crisis?
Lead Panelist:
Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Panelists:
YM. Dato Paduka Timothy Ong, Chairman, Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB)
Prof. Neo Boon Siong, Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI)
Dr. Muh. Chatib Basri, Director, Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM)
Chair:
Mr. Joseph Tan, Asian Chief Economist, Credit Suisse; Council Member and Treasurer, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
12:30 Q & A  
13:15 Lunch Dialogue: APEC- What should we hope for?
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) established in 1989 has since expanded to 21 Pacific-Rim countries. APEC has played an important role in forging global and regional trade and investment liberalization. As Singapore will host the 2009 APEC Summit, this session discusses:

 

  • The outcome of the 2008 APEC Summit
  • A review of the common security threats that threaten prosperity
  • An overview of the APEC Trade Facilitation Action Plan
  • Next steps to promote economic growth through collaboration and partnership
Discussants:
H.E. Mr. Michael Tay, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
Mr. Han Kok Juan, Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Division
Commentator:
Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Schwartz Fellow, The Asia Society, USA; Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
14:30 Session 3: Social Challenges – Back to Basics of Energy, Food, Water & Other Resources
With global economies surging towards economic wealth and prosperity, there is also an emergent need for sustainability in managing our diminishing natural resources. Urgency to find a new approach to manage ecogenetics, production, the dwindling supply and immense demand on earth’s resources is paramount.

 

  • Competition and conflicts over natural resources
  • The Fuel vs. Food debate and ASEAN’s position on biofuels
  • Possible benefits and return on investments for nations who commit to having a sustainable energy model for the near future.
Panelists:
Mr. Choo Chiau Beng, Chief Executive Officer, Keppel Corporation; Chairman Singapore Petroleum Company
Ms. Olivia Lum, Founder, Group CEO and President, Hyflux Group
Mr. Warren Fernandez, Regional Director, Communications Strategy, Asia Pacific, Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd
Chair:
Mr. Linus Koh, President & COO, Singapore Mercantile Exchange; Council Member and Secretary, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
15:30 Q & A  
15:45 Tea break  
16:00 Session 4: Political Challenges - Leadership in Turbulent Times
Approval ratings have declined for leaders in both the private sector and public service. Mistakes and the lack of foresight have caused the public to lose faith and trust in the leadership of organizations. The interactive session with thought leaders in the region will discuss a model of adaptable leadership for 2010 and beyond.

 

  • What qualities are the people of ASEAN looking for that the modern leader should embody?
  • What style of leadership do we require in today’s ASEAN and Asia?
  • Should mistakes be made during their watch, do processes allow the leader to rectify them or be dismissed?
  • How should ASEAN build up the next generation of leaders?
Panelists:
H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of Cambodia; President, University of Cambodia
Rt. Hon. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister, State of Penang, Malaysia
Ms. Irene Ng Phek Hoong, Member of Parliament (Tampines), Parliament of Singapore
Mr. Jimmy Tay, Chief Executive, Southeast Asia, Hill & Knowlton
Chair:
Dr. Dawn Dekle, Dean, Leadership Center, SP Jain Center of Management; Assoc. Council Member, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
17:00 Q & A  
17:15 Closing Keynote Address

YB. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Bin Hj. Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia
[speech]

18:30 Registration for Gala Dinner  
19:00 Gala Dinner Guest of Honour:
Mr. George Yeo,
Minister for Foreign Affairs Singapore
Speaker(s): 

Our panelists include:

  • YB Tan Sri Dato' Muhyiddin Hj. Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia 
  • Mr. George Yeo, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
  • Rt. Hon. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister, State of Penang, Malaysia
  • Dr.
    Noleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and
    Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
    Pacific (ESCAP)
  • H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary of State
    for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of
    Cambodia; President, University of Cambodia
  • H.E.  Mr. Ong
    Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore;
    Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
  • H.E. Michael Tay, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
  • Ms. Irene Ng Phek Hoong, Member of Parliament (Tampines), Parliament of Singapore
  • Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Schwartz Fellow, The Asia Society, USA; Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
  • Tan Sri Jawhar Hassan, Chairman and CEO, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS)
  • YM. Dato Paduka Timothy Ong, Chairman, Brunei Economic Development Board
  • Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director, Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand)
  • Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Mr. Han Kok Juan, Director, APEC Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Dr. Muh. Chatib Basri, Director, Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM)
  • Prof. Neo Boon Siong, Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute
  • Dr. Dawn Dekle, Dean,Center for Leadership, S.P. Jain Center of Management
  • Mr. Joseph Tan, Asian Chief Economist, Credit Suisse; Council Member and Treasurer, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
  • Ms. Olivia Lum, Founder, Group CEO and President, Hyflux Group
  • Mr. Choo Chiau Beng, Chief Executive Officer, Keppel Corporation; Chairman Singapore Petroleum Company
  • Mr.
    Linus Koh, President & COO, Singapore Mercantile Exchange; Council
    Member and Secretary, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
  • Mr. Jimmy Tay, Chief Executive, Southeast Asia, Hill & Knowlton (SEA) Pte Ltd
  • Mr. Warren Fernandez, Regional Director, Communications Strategy, Asia Pacific, Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd
Event Report: 

The 2nd ASEAN and Asia Forum was held on Friday 17 April 2009 at the
Meritus Mandarin Hotel. More than 300 business leaders, public servants
and members of academia attended.

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Organiser:


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Co-Organisers:

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Supporting Partner:

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For almost four decades, the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) has been engaged in socio-political education in Germany, and technical cooperation around the world.
In the international context, initiatives and projects in the field of development cooperation are undertaken by the HSF Institute for International Contact and Cooperation, based in Munich, and with some 50 project offices around the world. HSF has established its credibility as a partner of choice for many regional and national institutions, because of its regional Leadership and Management Programme, which has served as a catalyst for development cooperation in various fields.
Established since 1987, the HSF Office in Singapore is regional in its scope, and currently covers activities under the framework of the Regional Programme on Leadership, Reform and Capacity Building for ASEAN Integration.

Platinum Sponsors

screenhunter_01-mar-04-1531The International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) is a non-profit organization (NPO) based in Japan, which was created to help facilitate international exchange in the field of art, culture and academic pursuits and development. A further founding objective of IFAC is to promote social welfare and international goodwill through these arenas.
IFAC’s ultimate goal is to contribute towards the creation of an artistic culture that is able to bridge the divide between countries, religions and ethnic identities and one that crosses over artistic genres.
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The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM Group) is the largest and most comprehensive solutions provider of higher education and professional training in Singapore. It was founded in 1964 as a membership society under the Economic Development Board and today, boasts over 29,000 corporate and individual members. As a membership society, SIM serves as an important nexus for members to network, exchange ideas and collaborate. The SIM Group offers its core services through three educational brands, namely the SIM University (UniSIM), SIM Global Education programme and SIM Professional Development programmes.

Gold Sponsor

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The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) is a new international organization that supports the ASEAN Secretariat by making policy recommendations at regional governmental meetings, such as the East Asia Summit (EAS), aimed at furthering East Asia’s economic integration.

In the rapidly growing East Asian region, dubbed the “world’s growth center”, intraregional economic integration is progressing rapidly with ASEAN as the hub. At the same time, however, the region is facing a number of pressing issues, including gaps in regional development, climate change & the environment, energy security and also development of logistics networks, IT, human resources and supporting industries. All of these issues need to be addressed on a regional level, if East Asia is to deepen economic integration and achieve sustainable development.

 

Silver Sponsors

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Hill & Knowlton
 is a leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York with 74 offices in 41 countries, as well as an extensive associate network.
The Singapore office was established in 1963 and is today the centre of its Southeast Asia operations. The agency has a team of more than 40 specialists in the areas of analyst relations, corporate & marketing communications, crisis planning & communications training, digital communications, financial communications & investor relations, healthcare public relations, public affairs counsel and technology public relations. The team was voted the number one public relations agency in Singapore by senior client marketers in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
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Keppel FELS
, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), is a world leader in the offshore rig-building industry. Since 2003, it has delivered over 50% of the world’s jackup rigs and 45% of the world’s semisubmersible rigs. The company designs, builds, upgrades and repairs the complete range of mobile offshore drilling units, floating production systems, production topsides and other specialized vessels such as tension leg platforms.
Drawing on the synergy of its global network of 20 yards in regions including Asia Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the Caspian Sea, Middle East and the North Sea, Keppel FELS adopts the Group’s “Near Market, Near Customer” strategy and is positioned to remain close to its markets and customers. This helps reinforce Keppel FELS’ reputation as the premium provider of choice and partner in solutions for the offshore industry.

Bronze Sponsors

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Haw Par Corporation Limited
 has been listed on the Singapore Exchange since 1969.
The Group's core healthcare and leisure businesses promote healthy lifestyles through its healthcare products, and oceanariums. The Group owns and operates two oceanariums, namely the Underwater World Singapore at Sentosa and Underwater World Pattaya in Thailand.
The Group also has interests in investment properties and manages its own portfolio of investments in securities. The Group's corporate strategy is to expand its core healthcare and leisure businesses through product extensions under its own established brands, form strategic alliances with partners in various key markets and acquisitions of suitable businesses. It also aims to manage efficiently its portfolio of investments in properties and securities to achieve a reasonable return.
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Max Strategy Group
 is a professional services firm which aspires to be the thought leader in addressing contemporary leadership challenges facing the emerging economies of Asia and the Middle East. The portfolio of services ranges from keynote speeches to quantitative and qualitative assessment, design, and delivery of tailored programs to suit organizational needs, including team-building and group dynamics for top executives aboard Solarmax. Max Strategy Group is distinctive in knowledge management, talent identification, and capability building geared towards launching internal training centers and corporate universities.

Patron

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Lee Foundation Charitable foundation established by businessman Lee Kong Chian. The foundation was established in 1952 with an initial capital sum of $3.5 million. Its objectives include the advancement of education, medicine and cultural activities; helping the poor; and assisting victims of fire, flood and famine. When he died in 1967, Lee Kong Chian left half of his shares in the Lee Rubber Company to the foundation. Income earned from these assets continues to finance the Lee Foundation. The Lee Foundation is Singapore’s largest foundation. Over the years, it has contributed to Singapore’s society, education, welfare, research and the arts. Lee Seng Gee was made chairman of the foundation in 1967.

Sponsorship Opportunity

For information on how to contribute to the ASEAN and Asia Forum 2009, do contact Mr. Anndy Lian at anndy.lian@siiaonline.org, or call +65-67349600

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