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Risk and Reward: The Outlook for ASEAN in 2020

22 Jan Risk and Reward: The Outlook for ASEAN in 2020

For ASEAN, 2020 is shaping up to be just as eventful as it has been for 2019. On the one hand, the Indonesian and Thai elections progressed relatively smoothly, while Singapore and Myanmar can look forward to polls of their own within the year. Even without India, the conclusion of text-based negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is also a significant achievement for ASEAN. The US-China Trade War continues to undermine the international system, and is now approaching its second anniversary with no clear end in sight. The threat of a China slowdown and issues such as Brexit are also stoking concerns about global economic stability. Against such external headwinds, ASEAN economies must remain alert to calibrate their policy responses, and continue to engage external partners such as India and Europe to reinforce the international system.

The SIIA Seminar Series aims to discuss –

  • How did Singapore and regional economies fare in 2019, and what major challenges lie ahead for them in 2020?
  • How are regional governments adapting their domestic policies to respond to the opportunities and challenges posed by the Trade War, China slowdown, Brexit and other external challenges?
  • How should ASEAN further its engagement with external partners via frameworks such as free trade agreements, and what challenges does the bloc face in doing so?


Dr. Taimur Baig, Managing Director and Chief Economist, DBS Bank
Mr. Manu Bhaskaran, Director and CEO of Centennial Asia Advisors, Singapore

Event Details
Topic: Risk and Reward: The Outlook for ASEAN in 2020
Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm; a cocktail reception with refreshments will start at 7:00pm.)
Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road (Level 4M) Tower 1,
The Atrium @ Orchard, International Involvement Hub,
Singapore 238890
Dress Code: Office Attire

5:30pm     Registration
6:00pm     Opening Remarks by Assoc Prof. Simon Tay
6:05pm     Remarks by Panellists on Risk and Reward: The Outlook for ASEAN in 2020
6:30pm     Discussion and Q&A Session
6:55pm     Closing Remarks by Assoc Prof. Simon Tay
7:00pm     Cocktail Reception
8:00pm     End

This event is exclusive to SIIA members only. If you wish to express your interest in joining the talk, please kindly email us at events@www.siiaonline.org.