Business Missions

EABA business missions are one of our key activities that offer opportunities for small delegations to have quality face-to-face time with the leading business leaders, policy makers and governments in the ASEAN region, allowing members to inquire about industry specific issues and developments at the highest levels. Mission destinations are chosen by the members of the EABA on an annual basis.

Philippines (May 3 to 4, 2018)

The Philippines is one of the most dynamic economies in Southeast Asia region. With increasing urbanization, a growing middle-income class, and a large and young population, the Philippines’ is expected to remain as an consistent annual GDP growth performer of 6.1% from 2018-2022.

Yet despite the strong economic fundamentals, growing political risk threatens to discourage foreign investment in the country while Philippines has also dropped to 8th in the ASEAN region in the most recent Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum.

The upcoming EABA mission will allow companies to engage with senior Philippines officials, policymakers and influencers to gain a better understanding of the direction of the Government over the next few years.

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Thailand (June 20 to 22, 2018)

Over the last 40 years, Thailand made progress in social and economic development as it moves from a low-income country to an upper income country. In 2017, Thailand has laid out its long-term economic goals in its 20-Year National Strategy for attaining increase growth which has lagged its regional neighbours over the past few years.

With a new constitution and electoral system in 2017 and a general election scheduled for this upcoming November, 2018 is going to be an important year for Thailand. The EABA mission will allow participants to gain insights into the resumption of electoral politics of Thailand and to meet with high-level key policy makers to learn more about regulatory trends, and policy initiatives.

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Vietnam (August 21 to 23, 2018)

Two years has passed since the 12th Vietnamese Communist Party Congress and the swearing in of a brand-new government, ushering in a change in the country’s top leadership.

Pledging to improve Vietnam’s business environment, the Government continues to pursue a series of administrative reforms on the back of a steady above-six-percent growth. It also faces numerous developmental challenges, including a massive fiscal deficit, a still-bloated state sector and the lingering impact of a series of environmental disasters, all of which will test the dexterity and resolve of the new administration.

A year after Vietnam’s hosting of APEC 2017, EABA will convene a special delegation to meet with senior Vietnamese officials and policymakers. This delegation will seek to learn more about the new government’s reform agenda as well as the opportunities and challenges facing one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies.

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Singapore (October 23 to 24, 2018)

As a highly developed and successful free-market economy, Singapore enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a per capita GDP higher than that of most developed countries. The economy depends heavily on exports, particularly in consumer electronics, information technology products, pharmaceuticals, and on the financial services sector. Singapore has attracted major investments in pharmaceuticals and medical technology production and will continue efforts to establish Singapore as Southeast Asia’s financial and high-tech hub.

The EABA mission will allow companies to learn more about Singapore plans for future development, what they are achieving as the 2018 Chair of ASEAN and to build better connections with current officials, policymakers and thinkers.

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