14 Feb - 31 Aug, 2018
Kiyev Kiyev, город Киев, Украина

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International Enterprise (IE) Singapore's Latin Asia Business Forum (LABF) is the premier platform for government and business leaders from Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean to foster closer business ties and partnerships.This edition will see a participation of approximately 300-350 delegates comprising foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, state government officials and prominent businessmen from Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean.

The Latin Asia Business Forum 2017 will examine how Latin America & the Caribbean and Asia can find new growth strategies, and mitigate the impact of volatility in light of the continuing challenges facing the global economy. The forum will focus on untapped Latin-Asia economic opportunities and the potential for even deeper engagement between both regions. 




  • Keynote Panel: Latin Asia Economic Partnership with Roberto Jaguaribe (President, Apex Brazil), Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia (Executive VP, CAF), and Yew Sung Pei (Assistant CE, IE Singapore) moderated by Susan Segal (CEO, Council of the Americas)
  • Network with business owners, decision makers, policy makers and government leaders from LAC and Asia.


Following a turbulent 2016, Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) is now at a turning point, with recovery expected to take hold this year. Brazil, LAC's largest economy, is also projected to emerge from its recession. New pro-business administrations of Argentina and Peru also form bright spots within LAC. Against this backdrop, GDP in LAC is expected to grow by 1.3% in 2017.

Addtionally, in light of the uncertainties in the US, countries such as Mexico are expected to turn towards Asia as part of their diversification strategies. This wave of change presents an opportunity for LAC and Asian businesses to forge close ties and unlock trade and connectivity linkages between the economies.


Registration and networking reception
Keynote Address
Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry)

MOU Signing
Keynote Panel: Latin Asia Economic Partnership*
Trade and investment ties between Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region and Asia have strengthened, spurred on by closer trade linkages and more bilateral trade agreements. While some advance economies may appear to look inwards, it is important for Asia and LAC to keep trade linkages open. There are large untapped opportunities to do trade and invest with LAC.
LAC is at a turning point, with recovery expected to take hold this year. Governments have recognised that beyond macroeconomic policy adjustment, structural reforms are essential to support medium-term growth.
Singapore can continue to play a part in strengthening the economic partnership between LAC and Asia. As a diversification strategy, Asia is an attractive market as it continues to outperform global growth performance and can support the development of a stronger LAC.

This panel will discuss:
  • Critical issues facing Latin America & Caribbean and Asia
  • Ways in which the Latin-Asia economic partnership can be deepened, despite the current wave of trade protectionism across some countries 
  • How trade and economic policies will shape future policies for urban and social development


Networking Tea


Breakout Session A: Mapping the Latin-Asia Connectivity*
As a whole, the Latin America & Caribbean region (LAC) is already the largest net food exporting region in the world, and yet has only scratched the surface of its potential to expand agricultural production for global consumption and export. The region’s production prowess can be seen from the massive farms in Brazil to the meat packing plants of Argentina and Uruguay, the asparagus fields of Peru and the corn fields of Mexico.
Today, in Asia alone, the population of 4.4billion is equivalent to more than 50% of the total world population. Currently, 30% of the Asian population are from the middle income class, and rapid growth in China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia will cause Asia’s share of the new middle to more than double from today. By 2030, Asia will host 64% of the global middle class and account for over 40% of global middle-class consumption.
Advanced connectivity in logistics and distribution is crucial to ensure that LAC production goes from where it grows in abundance to where it doesn’t. Businesses and governments will have to work together to increase productivity, encourage innovation, and improve integration in supply chains. Tapping on Singapore’s role as the key global hub, there remains room to advance in the space of connectivity, financing and innovation to facilitate greater trade between both regions.
This panel will discuss:
  • Rising Asian demand for LAC products and the vast untapped potential for greater trade flows between Asia and LAC
  • Opportunities for businesses and governments to work together on connectivity (logistics, supply chain) to facilitate greater trade flows between both regions
  • Opportunities for Singapore as the hub in Southeast Asia to support the ecosystem and trade facilitation

Breakout Session B: Smart Solutions for Latin America & Caribbean Cities
Urbanisation and major smart infrastructure investments in LAC have largely contributed to the rise of smart cities, including in Bogota, Bueno Aires, Medellin, Mexico City and Santiago. Governments are moving beyond traditional urban planning approaches and embracing technology-driven innovations to sustain large cities. Coupled with a regional investment, of around US$100 billion per annum, it is no wonder that most cities are aspiring to go “smart”. With smart solutions, cities can address urban challenges in areas such for mobility, environment, and at the same time, seek new ways to ensure economic growth and job creations. Cities are also tapping on public and private partnerships to implement smart solutions, to enable better public services and utilities, to engage citizens and to make cities more liveable.

The smart city momentum is also growing extensively in Asia, and nations see smart solutions as a way to make the leap from emerging to developed economies. Cities in Southeast Asia have made varying progress based on their infrastructure, technical advancements and quality of human resources. Singapore is still in the early stages of building its version of a Smart City. Some of the notable smart services in Singapore lie within the urban mobility and e-Governance sector.
This panel will discuss:
  • The rise in Smart Cities and development of Smart Solutions in LAC
  • Opportunities for innovation collaboration and exchange of knowledge between Asia and LAC
  • Success stories in developing Smart Cities, and how these could be applied across cities from LAC to Asia 

Breakout Session C: Energy in Latin America & the Caribbean
Latin America & the Caribbean region holds the world’s largest oil reserves from shale formations in Argentina, the pre-salt layer in Brazil, the world largest oil reserves in Venezuela to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Despite the current outlook for the Oil & Gas sector, the investment environment in LAC is improving. Some domestic oil & gas industries are on the upswing, creating jobs, prime example being Mexico. Mexico’s energy reform has successfully allocated 41 fields for shallow water, deep water, and onshore exploration and production with international companies such as Total, Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton, BP, Shell, Chevron, ChinaOil, Petronas and Mexican operating companies such as Petrobal, Sierra Oil and Gas, and Grupo R each securing fields. The total committed investment of US$49 billion is poised to spark new activities in the sector. 
As businesses evolve, emerging opportunities could lie in LNG and Renewables. The abundance of natural gas in LAC presents significant opportunities for economic growth, partnership and investments in physical infrastructure, technology and regulatory know-how. Countries including Colombia, Peru and Mexico are developing terminals, upgrading LNG infrastructure and looking at LNG imports for fuel oil substitution in their power plants. The renewable energy sector is also increasingly fuelling power in LAC, with LAC being the world’s leader in clean energy. The potential for the sector is large enough to cover its projected 2050 electricity needs 22 times over.
This panel will discuss:
  • LAC regulations and frameworks to create new opportunities and attract foreign investments in Oil & Gas sectors
  • Insights into operating in LAC’s Energy sector
  • Looking at diversifying into adjacent sectors such as LNG and Renewables
  • There is also increasing focus to invest in Renewable Energy. What are the opportunities and driving forces to develop Renewable Energy?
Networking Cocktail
End of Event
Programme timing and schedule is subject to change. 
*Simultaneous translations will be available (English to Spanish & English to Portugese)


imageLuis Enrique Berrizbeitia
Executive VP
CAF,  Development Bank of Latin America
imageRonaldo Veirano 
Founding Partner Veirano Advogados
Robert Yap
Executive Chairman
YCH Group
Marcos Jank
Chief Executive Officer
Asia-Brazil Agro Alliance
Susan Segal
Chief Executive Officer
Council of the Americas & Americas  Society
Andres Osorio
Managing Director
Avianca Cargo
Chan Han Meng
Managing Director
ADL Capital Group
Eric Farnsworth
Vice President
Council of the Americas & Americas  Society
Joe Poon
Chief Technology Officer
Managing Director

Surbana Jurong 

José Carrera
Vice president of Social Development
CAF, Development Bank of Latin  America 

Juan Acra López 
Mexican Energy Council, COMENER
Law Chung Ming
Group Director, Transport & Logistics Group
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore 
Yew Sung Pei
Assistant CEO
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore 
Nicholas Wee
Chief Architect
imageRoberto Jaguaribe
President Apex Brasil
imageJames Pang
Managing Director, Commercial and Business Development
Pacific Radiance
imageDiego Martinez
Association of Berries Exporters (ANEBERRIES)
imageIain Mars
Minerva Foods
imageSam Cheong
Managing Director of Commercial Banking
Head of Group Foreign Direct Investment  Advisory

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors
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Knowledge Partner
Supporting Organisations

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Bootcamp Latin Asia 
Experience Singapore, Your Gateway to Asia 2017
Date: 26-28th September
Venue: PwC and EDB offices, Singapore
Contact: Mr Julio Freitas or Mr Chen Pengfei
Organised by:  
Singapore Economic Development Board 

Seminar on Trade and Investment Opportunities of the Pacific Alliance
Date: Thursday, 28th September
Venue: Little Red Dot Seminar Room, International Enterprise Singapore
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Contact: Ms Andrea Rojas
Register here! Password: PAVIP
Organised by: In Collaboration with:
Embassy of Chile in Singapore
Embassy of Colombia in Singapore
Embassy of Mexico in Singapore
Embassy of Peru in Singapore
Singapore Business Federation
Latin American Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by:  

Why Invest in Argentina: Business Opportunities for Asian Strategic Investors
Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017
Venue: IE Singapore Rooms 1 & 2
Time: 2:00 pm 
 3:00 pm
Contact: Javier Sagaseta
Organised by: Supported by: 
Embassy of the Argentina Republic in SingaporeInternational Enterprise Singapore

Food Business Networking for LATAM and Singapore by AVA

Date: Thursday, 28th September
Venue: Little Red Dot Seminar Room, International Enterprise Singapore
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Contact: Ms Abigail Lai or Ms Eva Tanudjaja
Organised by: Supported by: 

Discover Business and Investment Opportunities in Ecuador
Date: Friday, 29th September
Venue: Little Red Dot Seminar Room, International Enterprise Singapore
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am
Contact: info@latamcham.org
Register here!
Organised by: Supported by: 
ProEcuadorInternational Enterprise Singapore
Latin American Chamber of CommerceSingapore Business Federation



Entrance from Nicoll Highway is nearer to the Ballrooms


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