ASEAN Business Forum 2019: Advancing Partnerships for Sustainability - Business Opportunities in ASEAN

24 Juni 2019

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Maandag 24 Juni 2019
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Thailand, as the current chair of ASEAN for 2019, together with ASEAN Embassies based in The Hague (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam) will be organizing the ASEAN Business Forum 2019. With an interesting mix of session-topics related to the theme Advancing Partnerships for Sustainability - Business Opportunities in ASEAN, this event provides you ample opportunity to inform yourself on everything that ASEAN has to offer. This event is organized in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland.


The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has been a milestone in the integration process of the diverse economies into a single market. Together, ASEAN’s ten member states currently represent the 6th largest economy in the world, and ASEAN is projected to rank as the fourth-largest economy by 2030. Not surprisingly, investors and multinationals are increasingly turning their gaze southward to the variety of business opportunities in the region. The primary aim of the ASEAN Business Forum 2019 is to inform the Dutch business community of the opportunities that ASEAN has to offer. At this forum, ASEAN Trade and Investment representatives will present the latest developments that were undertaken in the AEC to further economic integration, and will inform the audience on the opportunities and benefits of the five ASEAN Member States.



You are cordially invited to attend the ASEAN Business Forum.
Please confirm your attendance and your preference (first option, and back-up option) for the break-out session you’d like to attend, i.e.
[1] Connectivity, [2] Innovation, or [3] Sustainability,

via this link before Friday 14 June 2019.


Program (tentative)

Time Event Remarks
13:00 Welcome/Registration with coffee and tea  
13.30 Opening: "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability" - Business Opportunities in ASEAN • Welcome by H.E. Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi,
Ambassador of Thailand and ASEAN Chairmanship 2019
• Keynote speech by host Mr. Hans de Boer,
President VNO-NCW
• Keynote speech by Mr. Guido Landheer,
Deputy Vice Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs
14:00 Round 1: Panel discussion with the ASEAN Economic Communities on Dutch-ASEAN cooperation • The Free Trade Agreement
• Opportunities within each country
15:00 - Break -
15:15 Round 2: Breakout Sessions

Please, choose one of the following sessions

1. Connectivity - Logistics
- Automotive / Aviation
- Transportation
2. Innovation - Digital
- Creative Industry
- Life Sciences & Health
-High tech
3. Sustainability - Agriculture / Agri-food
- Water management
- Bio fuel / Bio food
- Circular Economy
16:30 Plenary session: conclusion  
17:00 Network Reception - Sector information available on each country
-With drinks and 'ASEAN snacks'
Country Information Market on Doing Business in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines - Event calendar
- Tools & Incentives
- Business Network