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Singapore Summit 2016 Programme


Day One

16 September 2016, Friday

Venue: Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Dress Code: Lounge Suit

1730 – 1845 Registration and Welcome Reception
1845 – 2115 Welcome Dinner
  Dialogue with Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Deputy Prime Minister
Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies
Republic of Singapore

(This session is open to registered media.)

Day Two

17 September 2016, Saturday

Venue: Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Dress Code: Business

0845 – 0905 Opening Remarks by Conference Chairman
George Yeo
Chairman of Kerry Logistics
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore
0905 – 1015 Plenary Session 1: Unsettled, Unpredictable – is Mediocre Growth the Only Certainty?

The global economy is facing strong headwinds as economies and financial markets adjust to volatile financial conditions and commodity prices, Brexit and China's rebalancing. These headwinds are occurring against the backdrop of weak productivity growth and an ageing population in the Western world that are pushing trend growth lower. The confluence of these forces appears to be pushing the global economy towards another crisis. While extraordinary monetary policy stimulus helped lower interest rates and support asset prices after the last crisis, there are signs that we have moved closer to the limits of monetary policy intervention.

  • Is the global economy destined for a prolonged period of low and volatile growth? What are the implications of such an environment across industries?
  • What solutions do policymakers have to deal with such challenges? How can corporations contribute to, and potentially profit from, these solutions?
  • How can companies, operating across geographies, prepare themselves for greater volatility and uncertainty in the global economy?
Huang Yiping, Professor of Economics / Deputy Dean, National School of Development, Peking University
Joe Kaeser, President & CEO, Siemens AG
Rich Lesser, President & CEO, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Hiro Mizuno, Executive Managing Director & CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund

Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster
1015 – 1030 Tea Break
1030 – 1135 Plenary Session 2: Spotlight on Southeast Asia

The long term growth prospects in Southeast Asia remain positive. Recent political renewals and economic reforms, along with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), continue to keep the region attractive to investors. To fully harness the opportunities in Southeast Asia and to keep pace with its developments, businesses will need to develop good insights and strategies that cater to the unique needs and traits of the region.

  • How can businesses successfully navigate the unique challenges of operating in different Southeast Asian countries?
  • What are the business opportunities arising from developments in various Southeast Asian countries? What prospects might businesses have overlooked?
  • What capabilities will companies need to build up to operate a successful business in Southeast Asia?
Serge Pun, Chairman, Serge Pun & Associates
Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, President & CEO, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited
Teresita Sy-Coson, Vice Chairperson, SM Investments Corporation
Truong Gia Binh, Chairman, FPT Corporation
Patrick Walujo, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Northstar Group

Teymoor Nabili, International Broadcaster
1135 – 1215 View from the Summit I

H.E. Thomas Trikasih Lembong, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Republic of Indonesia

Haslinda Amin, News Correspondent and Anchor, Bloomberg Television

(This session is open to registered media.)
1215 – 1315 Lunch
1315 – 1420 Plenary Session 3: "One Belt, One Road" – New Routes to Growth

With global growth remaining muted and China moving towards a more sustainable growth path, the "One Belt, One Road" vision can help spur growth through greater economic cooperation, increased infrastructure investments and enhanced regional connectivity. There is hope that initiatives arising from the "One Belt, One Road" and other growth programmes can give rise to opportunities by opening up new markets and creating new growth engines, including through a more accessible Eurasia and better-connected Asia.

  • What investment priorities should initiatives like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Silk Road Fund focus on, in order to open up potential new growth markets such as Eurasia? What more is needed to meet the region's connectivity, infrastructure and investment needs?
  • How can companies complement government-led efforts to encourage greater investments along the New Silk Road linkages, for example through consolidations, or mergers and acquisitions?
  • Beyond the possibilities presented by the "One Belt, One Road" vision, what are the other opportunities for companies, given the economic reforms and initiatives announced in government efforts such as China's 13th Five Year Plan?
Liew Mun Leong, Chairman, Surbana Jurong Group
Mark E. Tucker, Group Chief Executive and President, AIA Group Limited
Wang Yanzhi, President, Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd.
Bill Winters, CBE, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered PLC

Haslinda Amin, News Correspondent and Anchor, Bloomberg Television
1420 – 1510 View from the Summit II: Globalisation & its New Tensions – Perspectives on Brexit & the US Presidential Election

Lord Peter Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel
Jim Messina, President & CEO, The Messina Group and Co-Chair of Priorities USA Action
Matt Rhoades, Founder and CEO, America Rising & Definers Public Affairs

Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

(This session is open to registered media.)
1510 – 1530 Tea Break
1530 – 1635 Plenary Session 4: Engaging Tomorrow's Asian Consumers

Asia is one of the largest growth markets with an expanding and increasingly affluent middle class. Furthermore, the rapid penetration of digital technologies in Asia is changing consumption behaviours and presenting new business opportunities. The diverse preferences and growing sophistication of Asian consumers mean that companies, both local and global, need to offer more than just a functional product to build a strong brand in Asia. Companies that also understand, leverage and satisfy the expressive needs of the Asian consumer are those that will succeed in Asia.

  • What are the similarities and differences among Asian consumers? How can local and global companies innovate and develop effective business strategies to cater to the diverse Asian consumer market?
  • What are the new opportunities arising from the rapid adoption of digital technologies by Asian consumers? What unique advantages does e-commerce bring to companies seeking to grow their business in Asia?
  • How is the next generation of Asian consumers different from today's? How can businesses prepare to engage the next generation?
Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder & CEO, Snapdeal
Malina Ngai, JP, Chief Operating Officer, A.S. Watson Group
Magesvaran Suranjan, President, APAC, Procter & Gamble
Daniel Zhang, CEO, Alibaba Group

Christine Tan, News Anchor, CNBC Asia-Pacific
1635 – 1645 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
George Yeo
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