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Be a part of the next economic revolution in the 6th Selangor ASEAN Business Conference (SABC) 2022 to discover the most recent developments and way forward in vital economic integration, market access and opportunities in the ASEAN region in a gathering of key economic leaders from around the world including government delegations, high-profile industry players, trade associations, business chambers and international investors.

Why Attend?

Discover the future roadmap of the ASEAN economic landscape

Take part in the discussion for economic integration, market access and new opportunities in the ASEAN region

Network with key economic leaders from around the world from both government and private sectors both physically and virtually

SABC Themes (2017 - 2022)

2017

Gateway To Trade & Investment Opportunities In ASEAN

Encompassing key industries such as Food & Beverages, Life Sciences and Bio-technology. During that year, SABC also included a 1-day industrial site visit to Pulau Indah (Selangor’s Halal Hub and Selangor Bio Bay)

2018

Driving Sustainable Economic Growth Within The ASEAN Economic Community

Took on current issues and opportunities that impact the business landscape in ASEAN. Featured panel discussions that analysed market insights as well as trends, with the primary aim of driving sustainable economic growth within the ASEAN Economic Community (AC). Key topics themed; Food for Thought, Deciphering ASEAN, ASEAN Economic Integration, Entrepreneurship (Youth & Women), Halal and Belt & Road Initiative (Mandarin session)

2019

Towards Enriching The ASEAN Economic Community

Initiated discussions on the ASEAN Economic Community Vision 2025, with strong emphasis on creating a cohesive and competitive environment that is innovatively dynamic through an economic strategic alliance. Also included a panel session on REP and how the agreement may bring threats and opportunities tone business communities.

2020

ASEAN: A Beacon Of Light In A Pandemic-hit World Economy

Initiated discussions on opinions and expert advice regarding key issues affecting ASEAN member countries in the light of a pandemic-hit world economic scenario and ASEAN’s response to it.

2021

Sustaining Growth Within ASEAN Through Innovation

The global pandemic has restricted movement on a personal and an economical scale, resulting in a unique opportunity where “Survival of the Fittest” became a New Norm for the global economy. According to the World Bank, Malaysia is set to fare better than other ASEAN countries, with timely decisions on the economy, an effective public health response and a robust macroeconomic policy support all helping to weaken the pandemic’s effect. Malaysia became the main beneficiary to date in which foreign investors relocated their manufacturing bases, with Selangor as the epicentre of these new growing and expansion opportunities, leading the charge in Malaysia towards the 4th Industrial Revolution.

2022

Selangor, Gateway to ASEAN and Beyond: From the Heart of Malaysia’s Economy To the Heart of Southeast Asia’s Economy

Initiated discussion on a myriad of topics concerning the region such as market access, regional economic integration and entrepreneurship.

A Few Words from Our Notable Speakers

In progressing towards the planned target of high-income country status by 2024, Malaysia might want to focus on productivity growth with structural reforms to move up the value chain and improve skills as the leader of Digital ASEAN.

Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura

President of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

To succeed, we need to draw on foreign investment and what is required is to strengthen ourselves, especially in terms of stability, quality workforce and incentives we can provide.

Tan Sri Datuk Kamal Salih

Former Chairman of Malaysia Institute of Economic Research (MIER)

ASEAN also had “multiple gears”, with Singapore on the one side, countries like Myanmar on the other side of the spectrum and of course, not forgetting Malaysia.

Dr. Nungsari Ahmad Radhi

Economist

When we think about the future of business, we must really think into account the hopes and the dreams of the young people. So we must do business in a manner that is sustainable.

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

President and Chairman PEMANDU Associates, Malaysia 

What COVID-19 has done is, I think, accelerated that belief or strengthened and cemented that belief that digital is indeed the way forward.

Dr Mohammad Fahmi Ngah

Managing Director, SSDU Innovations Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

In all three divisions, Malaysia is one of the very few countries in the world where we are very well represented with footprints.

Raymond Lim

Head of Country, Airbus Malaysia

ASEAN has many strengths, one of which is the extensive Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with many countries in the region. Whether it be ASEAN FTAs, bilateral FTAs or the RCEP agreement, they help connect ASEAN with their major trading partners and should be capitalised upon.

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon

Director General Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

Prospects for ASEAN are relatively positive in spite of the unpredictable virus evolution, and if governments do not retreat behind borders but remain open and outward-looking.

Dr. Jayant Menon

Visiting Senior Fellow ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

The systematic role of the Government should be not only as the backbone, the bearing of the success of partnership between enterprises, private sector, SMEs, and financial partners but also as the identifier of the overall growth.

Dr. Ir Her Dewanto

President of Institution of Engineer Indonesia (PI), Indonesia

Malaysia or Selangor’s role as a gateway to ASEAN is attributed to its geographical location, and its educated workforce makes Malaysia a desirable destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Mr. Alex Feldman

President & CEO of US-ASEAN Business Council

In progressing towards the planned target of high-income country status by 2024, Malaysia might want to focus on productivity growth with structural reforms to move up the value chain and improve skills as the leader of Digital ASEAN.

Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura

President of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

To succeed, we need to draw on foreign investment and what is required is to strengthen ourselves, especially in terms of stability, quality workforce and incentives we can provide.

Tan Sri Datuk Kamal Salih

Former Chairman of Malaysia Institute of Economic Research (MIER)

ASEAN also had “multiple gears”, with Singapore on the one side, countries like Myanmar on the other side of the spectrum and of course, not forgetting Malaysia.

Dr. Nungsari Ahmad Radhi

Economist

When we think about the future of business, we must really think into account the hopes and the dreams of the young people. So we must do business in a manner that is sustainable.

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

President and Chairman PEMANDU Associates, Malaysia 

What COVID-19 has done is, I think, accelerated that belief or strengthened and cemented that belief that digital is indeed the way forward.

Dr Mohammad Fahmi Ngah

Managing Director, SSDU Innovations Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

In all three divisions, Malaysia is one of the very few countries in the world where we are very well represented with footprints.

Raymond Lim

Head of Country, Airbus Malaysia

ASEAN has many strengths, one of which is the extensive Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with many countries in the region. Whether it be ASEAN FTAs, bilateral FTAs or the RCEP agreement, they help connect ASEAN with their major trading partners and should be capitalised upon.

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon

Director General Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

Prospects for ASEAN are relatively positive in spite of the unpredictable virus evolution, and if governments do not retreat behind borders but remain open and outward-looking.

Dr. Jayant Menon

Visiting Senior Fellow ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

The systematic role of the Government should be not only as the backbone, the bearing of the success of partnership between enterprises, private sector, SMEs, and financial partners but also as the identifier of the overall growth.

Dr. Ir Her Dewanto

President of Institution of Engineer Indonesia (PI), Indonesia

Malaysia or Selangor’s role as a gateway to ASEAN is attributed to its geographical location, and its educated workforce makes Malaysia a desirable destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Mr. Alex Feldman

President & CEO of US-ASEAN Business Council

All quotes are taken from our past speakers during the previous conference.

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Conference Topics

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Speech by YB Dato’ Teng Chang Khim Selangor State Executive Councillor for Industry and Trade, Malaysia

Officiating Speech by YAB Dato’ Seri Amiruddin bin Shari The Honourable Chief Minister of Selangor, Malaysia
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Panel 1: GATEWAY to the ASEAN, the World’s Fifth Largest Economy and Beyond

ASEAN is on track to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030 according to the ASEAN Development Outlook report. Despite a decline in FDI during the pandemic in 2020, ASEAN remains an attractive investment destination. 61% of its 600-million are below the age of 35 and are active users of digital technologies. The ASEAN- led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which came into force on 1st January 2022...
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fireside Chat with a startup company on “My Journey from Startup Idea to IPO”
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Panel 2: GATEWAY to ESG in ASEAN: A Shared Vision of Sustainable Recovery

Greater awareness of climate change, sustainability and supply chain transparency has raised the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. In November 2021, ASEAN released its Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance–providing a common language for all ASEAN countries. It is a timely development for ESG criteria for businesses as the region is reeling from the effects of climate change. In ASEAN, ESG represe...
1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Networking Luncheon Hosted by Sponsor
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Panel 3: GATEWAY to a $1 Trillion Digital ASEAN Economy by 2030

ASEAN is the fastest growing Internet market in the world. According to the latest e-Conomy report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company, the internet economy is projected to reach US$1 trillion in gross merchandise value (GMV) by 2030. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digitalisation in the region. Over the past two years alone, over 60 million new users have come online, bringing the internet penetration to 75%. T...
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One-on-One with regional bank on “The Adventure to Building an ASEAN Universal Bank”
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Ambassadorial Session: Outside Looking In – Opportunities and Challenges in ASEAN

The ambassadors of these countries represent the top investors in ASEAN. The conversation between the ambassadors will provide insights on the opportunities and challenges in ASEAN from their vantage points.
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Hi Tea Session with YAB Dato’ Menteri Besar
The Honourable Chief Minister of Selangor, Malaysia

Special Keynote Address

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