Past Events
 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.

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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 Malaysia

Join us when the EABA visits Malaysia on October 22 to 24 to gain a better understanding some of these major policy decisions that are being made in the early days of the new government and what the new Malaysian government wants to do next.

Malaysia’s 14th General Election in May 2018 saw an unprecedented change of government, ending UMNO’s 61-year rule since independence in 1957. Following his appointment as the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had made major political decisions, most notably freeing his former political rival turned ally, Anwar Ibrahim who was imprisoned in 2015. Mahathir had also promised to restore democratic institutions, in a scale perhaps not seen before in recent years in Southeast Asia.

More importantly the Mahathir administration had also made decisions that could potentially impact the business environment in Malaysia. The government had zero-rated the consumption tax, which was projected to contribute almost one-fifth of the national revenue and he had also reinstated fuel subsidies and review major infrastructure projects launched by his predecessor Najib Razak.

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