ASEAN: Sustaining the Recovery, New Opportunities
A Luncheon Panel Discussion co-organized with the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute
ASEAN nations have rebounded strongly from the global economic crisis that has crippled many parts of the world. Having learnt the lessons of the Asian financial crisis a decade earlier, ASEAN countries have embarked on major economic stimulus packages and continued to liberalize their economies. Member nations are now more open, competitive and dynamic, while business and investment opportunities are available to foreign investors.
The first U.S.-ASEAN Summit attended by President Barack Obama took place in November, signaling that the U.S. was taking the organization representing southeast Asian nations more seriously. Meanwhile, China continues to court the regional body, indicating greater commitment to southeast Asia. This year, the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area comes into full effect, creating the world's largest free trade zone, making ASEAN a far more dynamic market.
How sound are the economic fundamentals in the ASEAN region? What is the economic and investment outlook of ASEAN nations? What are the new growth opportunities and what are the strategic challenges and key issues of concern for investors?
Invited speakers include:
- The Hon. Dato' Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah, Minister of Finance II, Malaysia
- The Hon. Korn Chatikavanij, Minister of Finance, Thailand
- The Hon. Bambang Susantono, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Indonesia
- Mr. Jose Isidro Camacho, Asia Pacific Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse & former Secretary of Finance, Philippines