ASEAN-INDIA Business Forum 2017

Fri, 21 Apr, 2017, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM (GMT+8)
Begonia Ballroom, Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore

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With a market of almost 2 billion people and a combined GDP of US$4.5 trillion, Southeast Asia and India are slated to be next growth engines of Asia. The Committee for the Future Economy (CFE) has similarly identified both markets as having strong potential that companies can tap into.

The ASEAN-INDIA Business Forum will focus on two fast growing sectors – Manufacturing and Consumerism – that companies can look forward to as next areas of growth.

This forum will gather thought leaders from the public and private sectors to share the opportunities and outlook of these two sectors. Invited Ministers will also share their future plans and views on how greater economic integration and connectivity among the markets could enhance the business environment.

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Event Details

Date: 21 April 2017
Time: 8.00am - 2.30pm
Venue: Begonia Ballroom, Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre

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Market/ Sector Information

Home to a quarter of the world's population, India and ASEAN have rarely been far from the minds of Singapore companies looking to grow beyond our shores. Singapore companies approach these markets with cautious optimism, balancing their strong potential with challenging investment environments. This balance is set to shift as a global economic slowdown coincides with a renewed will for economic progress and integration in India and ASEAN. The Modi government has formulated a series of domestic growth plans while the "Act East" policy calls for closer economic partnership with ASEAN. New administrations in Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam, amongst others, have made effort and progress to create a warmer welcome for foreign investors.
Singapore companies need to focus on India and ASEAN as they emerge as Asia's next growth engines, powered by a growing army of middle class consumers. Pan-regional strategies must complement country specific plans as these markets become more integrated. Manufacturing and Consumerism are sectors facing immediate growth and change as supply chains and product offerings shift to adapt to consumer demand. Technology will accelerate and intensify these shifts as we embrace the future economy.



0800 Registration
0915 Welcome Remarks
  Mr Lee Ark Boon, CEO, International Enterprise Singapore
0925 Opening Ministerial Address
  Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)
0940 Macro Insights
  Manufacturing: Trends and Opportunities in Southeast Asia and India
  Presented by:
  Mr Kunwar Singh, Partner and Leader of McKinsey Manufacturing Practice (Asia), McKinsey & Co.
0955  Manufacturing Panel Discussion
  Manufacturing: Regional Integration & Technology Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and Supply Chains across Asia
  Mr Kunwar Singh, Partner and Leader of McKinsey Manufacturing Practice (Asia), McKinsey & Company
  Mr Mark Lee, CEO, Sing Lun Holdings
  Mr Manohar Khiatani, Deputy Group CEO, Ascendas-Singbridge
  Dr Thaung Han, Group COO, Max Myanmar Group of Companies
  Mr Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director (Commercial Vehicles), Tata Motors
  Mr Steven Koh, Executive Director, Singapore Precision Engineering and Technology Association
1100 Tea Break
1120 Consumerism Panel Discussion 1
  Consumerism: Moving ahead with Disruptive Innovation and Business Transformation
  Mr Kaushal Upadhyay, Executive Director, The Nielsen Company
  Mr Nicholas Nash, Group President, Garena
  Mr Lim Kell Jay, Head, Grab Singapore
1155 Consumerism Panel Discussion 2
  Consumerism:The Convergence of Traditional and Digital Retail: Challenges and Opportunities in India and ASEAN  
  Mr Anil Antony, Head of Consumer Insights, The Nielsen Company
  Mr V.P. Sharma, Group CEO, PT Mitra Adiperkasa Tbk  (MAP Group)
  Mr Trần Ngọc Thái Sơn, CEO,
  Mr Bidyut Dumra, Head of Ecosystem, DBS Bank
  Mr Utkarsh Biradar, Vice-President (Products), ShopClues
1300 Networking Lunch
1415 End of Programme
* Programme is correct at time of update and subjected to further changes without notice.



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