Latin Asia Business Forum 2015
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Despite the physical distance, economic ties between Asia and Latin America prove strong, with bilateral trade growing at a CAGR of 21.3% in the last decade to US$446.2 billion in 2013. This exceeds the cumulative trade between Latin America and Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and signals enormous potential for deeper engagement between both regions.
Hosted in Singapore since 2004, the Latin Asia Business Forum (LAB) is a premier platform for business and government leaders to foster investment, trade and thought leadership between Latin America and Asia. Since its inauguration, LAB has brought together close to 3,000 business and government leaders from 50 countries in robust discussion.
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WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
- Engage in open dialogue and exchange insights with key Asian and Latin American business and government leaders
- Gather business leads and meet with prospective business partners
- Expand your business network
|9:30 – 10:15
||Registration and Networking Breakfast
|10:15 – 10:30
||Welcome Address by Teo Eng Cheong, CEO, IE Singapore
|10:30 – 11:30
||Keynote Panel – The dawn of the new economic normal: Where does the Latin America and Asia partnership stand?|
|Economic transformation in Asia in the 2000s has paved the way for Asia to become a key driver of the global economy while Latin America’s economic resilience and strong growth in the past decade has fuelled bullish attitudes towards the region. In an era of weakening commodity prices and slowing global growth, the existing inter-regional trade and investment linkages between Latin America and Asia will necessarily be more crucial for both regions.
Will political transition in Latin America and/or Asia bode well for economic relationships between the regions? What are the implications for ongoing trade negotiations, protectionism, and sustainable economic growth?
Moderator: Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society and Council of the Americas
1. Enrique Garcia, President and CEO, CAF, Development Bank of Latin America
2. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore
|11:30 – 12:30
||Panel 2 – Urbanising Latin America: What must be done to bridge the infrastructure gap?
Latin America is the most urbanised region in the world, where 80% of the population – or 485 million – reside in metropolitan areas. While rapid urban growth has followed from Latin America’s rise in the last decades, it has also put a strain on housing, transportation, water and waste management.
To bridge the region’s infrastructure gap, Latin American countries will need to double current levels of investment in infrastructure. Over the next decade, the potential project pipeline is estimated to be US$1.5 trillion. However, the lack of continuity in local policies and interests from one administration to the next has been a key impediment for long-term, government-sponsored infrastructure projects.
What are local companies and governments doing to mitigate the impact of such transitions, if at all? What are the best practices, technologies, and financing options or models to optimise returns in infrastructure investments in Latin America?
Moderator: Julian Goh, Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore
1. Alfonso Vegara, President, Fundacion Metropoli
2. Eduardo Santoyo, CEO, Interacciones Infrastructure Fund
3. Paulo Cesena, President, Odebrecht Transport
4. Renato Mazzola, Head of Infrastructure, BTG Pactual
5. Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong
|12:30 – 14:00||
|14:00 – 15:00
||Panel 3 – Living with creative disruption: How will Latin American and Asian business leaders innovate for the future?|
|15:00 – 15:30
|15:30 – 16:30||Panel 4 – Will oil fuel the Latin-Asia relationship for the long haul?|
|16:30 – 16:45
||Closing Remarks by LAB 2015 Advisory Board Chairperson, Jennie Chua, Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Mexico
|16:45||One-to-one Business Meetings and Networking Cocktail|
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