EABA Lunch Briefing – “The political view ahead for the ASEAN region in 2019” with Ambassador Ong Keng Yong
EABA Lunch Briefing – “The political view ahead for the ASEAN region in 2019” with Ambassador Ong Keng Yong

What does 2019 have in store for businesses in the ASEAN region? Will upcoming national elections in the region result in significant domestic or policy change? What risks might companies in the region be facing?

We are joined by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, as he looks ahead at t what political change and challenges may lie ahead in the ASEAN region. As a veteran Singapore diplomat, he served as the 11th Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from January 2003 to January 2008 and was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from July 2011 to October 2014 and his perspective and insights are highly sought after at numerous platforms and global events.

With elections in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and possibly more 2019 is shaping up to be in impactful year in Southeast Asia. This event will allow further insights into evaluated what new opportunities this shifting landscape might create for business in Southeast Asia.

There is limited seating for this event, so I encourage you to register by emailing executivedirector@europe-asean.org.

We look forward to you at this highly insightful event.

 Lunch Seminar: “What is Government Affairs: Understanding Your Environment”

The Europe ASEAN Business Alliance is pleased to launch a lunch series designed to provide individuals with government affairs responsibilities with greater insight into the practice of government affairs and public policy advocacy.

For our inaugural event, Hans Vriens, Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, will speak on “What is Government Affairs: Understanding Your Environment”. His presentation will look at strategies, methods, and best practices that drive effective government affairs in Southeast Asia.

This presentation is ideal for individuals with government affairs responsibilities, who are new to the industry or Southeast Asian region, or those who are looking to understand the latest methodologies used in government affairs.

This event will take place on July 10, 2018 from 12:15pm to 1:30pm at Rabobank Singapore in the Raffles Boardroom. To register for this event please click on the button below. Spaces are to just 16 participants and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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“Free Trade Agreements in Southeast Asia and their impact on European Business” with Deborah Elms


As the ASEAN region becomes more important to the global economy, the number of free trade agreements in Southeast Asia under negotiation are increasing. But what do they mean to you and your company? Is your company ready to take advantage of the opportunities that these new agreements could bring?

On June 8th, the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance in conjunction with Vriens & Partners has asked Deborah Elms, Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre to come give an update on the various trade agreements under negotiation and her insights into what these agreements may mean for European companies.

To register for this email, please use the register button below

There is limited seating for this event, so we encourage you to register early.

Details of briefing

Date:   June 8, 2018 (Friday)

Time:   12:30pm – 2:00pm

Venue:   ABN AMRO BANK NV | Asia Pacific

Level 25, China Room, One Raffles Quay, South Tower | Singapore 048583

Light food and drinks will be available at this complimentary event which is hosted by ABN AMRO, the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance and Vriens and Partners.


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2018 Corporate Affairs Forum: Public Affairs in an Asian Century

Taking place on April 26, 2018, the eighth annual Corporate Affairs Forum examines leading edge innovation and best practice in corporate affairs and stakeholder engagement. It is a unique platform to drive awareness of emerging trends, practices and thinking about new approaches to corporate public affairs. This year we explore Public Affairs in the context of The Asian Century.

The Corporate Affairs Forum is an annual interactive conference designed for C Suite professionals in public affairs, communications and corporate affairs. Delegates include middle and senior representatives in roles including: Government Relations, Corporate Affairs, Public Affairs, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Communications, CSR, Sustainability and Shared Value.   

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General Election in Malaysia: Status Quo or Change Afoot?

The 14th Malaysian General Election, with dissolution of Parliament likely to take place before April 16*, will pit Prime Minister Najib Razak against a reworked opposition coalition lead by his mentor and predecessor, the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, running on an anti-corruption platform.

Our speaker, Adib Zalkapli, Senior Associate at Vriens & Partners provided an update on recent political developments in Malaysia, likely election scenarios, and the impact on the next government’s policy options.

Security Challenges in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, companies, governments, critical infrastructures and individuals are facing an increasingly challenging security and cybersecurity environment.

Our key speaker, Harold O’Connell – Director of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, at INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore outlined Interpol’s role in South East Asia, the key challenges they face in the region and what their approaches to these problems. In addition, he also addressed how these challenges are currently affecting companies in the region.

Our panel discussion introduced you to key industry players who shared their assessment of the next level of cybersecurity threat and what key questions business leaders should be asking about cyber security. The panelists are Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific; Apala Ray, Senior Scientist at ABB Corporate Research; Christian Karam, Director and Global Head of Cyber Threat Intelligence at UBS.

Thailand – A New Era in Thai Politics?

Led by Daniel Henderson, Country Director, Vriens & Partners (Thailand Office) and Punyaphan Klykoom, Senior Associate of Vriens & Partners (Thailand Office), this briefing will help you understand the effects of the Thai government’s political and economic reform agenda and how it will affect European companies operating in Thailand.

In the year ahead, Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s government faces a series of challenges in 2018: successfully recalibrating the Military’s relationship with traditional centers of power, advancing an economic reform agenda, and navigating a commitment to elections at the end of the year. How the Thai Government chooses to manage these challenges will have long term ramifications on the country.

Business Mission to Philippines

In May 2018, the EABA and its members visited Manila, Philippines to gain an understanding of what actions the Government is taking to meet their long-term development vision and how our members can help them meet their goals.

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 a consistent annual GDP growth performer of 6.1% from 2018-2022.  

Delegates from various multi-national corporations met with senior government officials from the Philippines Ministries of Finance, Trade and Industry, Transportation, Energy, EU Delegation to Philippines, and the Central Bank to learn about the government’s agenda, and to engage the government on its policy direction.

Thanks to all that took part in the mission!

Business Mission to Thailand

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 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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Business Mission to Vietnam

Half-way into its term, the Vietnamese government continues to steer the country towards liberalization while implementing administrative and business reforms.

 Vietnam continues to capitalize on favorable macroeconomic trends such as the migration of manufacturing south from China and on expanded trade relationships with a diverse roster of commercial allies. With GDP growth of 6.8 percent in 2017, Vietnam is again a top performer in ASEAN and developing markets and has attracted record levels of foreign director investment.  

Participants in the mission will receive first-hand updates and viewpoints from Thai and European policymakers and give input to relevant government bodies and institutions. Through direct interaction with key stakeholders, mission delegate will gain an understanding of the policy directions, regulatory developments, and political climate of Vietnam.

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