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Business China and SBF are co-organising the FutureChina Global Forum and Singapore Regional Business Forum to present insights on ASEAN and China

At the FCGF® & SRBF® 2018, businesses can benefit from:
  • Broad and deep insights on innovation, resilience, Belt and Road Initiative, and their implications for ASEAN, China and Singapore.

  • More than 70 regional speakers sharing their perspectives on regional issues under the ASEAN track. The other two sub-tracks are “Belt and Road” and “Innovation”.
14 August 2018 [Singapore] - In view of Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018, Business China and Singapore Business Federation have joined hands to present their annual signature events as one – FutureChina Global Forum® and Singapore Regional Business Forum® (abbreviated as “FCGF® & SRBF®”) 2018 to be held on 27 and 28 August 2018.

This special edition forum will be organised in conjunction with the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM) which will be held on 29 August 2018. More than 600 foreign ministers, ambassadors, state government officials, representatives from business organisations and prominent businessmen from Singapore, China, ASEAN and the region are expected to attend this high-level Forum in Singapore.

In line with ASEAN’s guiding themes and regional priorities of “Innovation” and “Resilience”, the two-day forum, themed “Laying the Basis for Future Prosperity and Innovation”, will feature an exciting line-up of plenary discussions and panel sessions on ASEAN, the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as on innovation and connectivity. Highlights of this prominent and distinctive forum include a keynote address by our Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, speech by Chongqing Mayor Tang Liangzhi, dialogues with Minister Ong Ye Kung on innovation and enterprise in the age of disruption and Minister Chan Chun Sing on connectivity, as well as the launch of key initiatives to promote business, networking and collaboration within ASEAN and along the Belt and Road. Apart from speakers from governmental organisations, the forum will also feature prominent leaders from renowned private companies.

Together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Enterprise Singapore and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, Business China and SBF have dedicated a morning on 28 August to explore commercial opportunities at Southern Transport Corridor.

The plenary sessions will cover the following:

Aug 27

1. ASEAN 2030 and the challenges and opportunities for ensuring future prosperity. Topics include factors that could disrupt ASEAN’s growth, how ASEAN can remain competitive and the requirements for accelerating the region’s economic, trade and financial integration.

2. China’s growth model and how it impacts China’s connectivity to the global economy and ASEAN. The discussion will examine the differences between China’s model and the Western traditional economic model, how the two systems can co-exist for the benefit of the world and the lessons that can be drawn from China’s growth.


Aug 28

3. US’ commitment to ASEAN. This discussion will present insights on what the US can do to validate that ASEAN remains an essential partner and How ASEAN can enhance its role and positioning as a crucial player for the maintenance of peace, security and stability in the region.

4. Trade and economic tensions between the US and China. Topics to be examined include the global impact of permanent tensions and implications for trade-dependent ASEAN.

The two-day Forum will also feature concurrent panel sessions on each day helmed by industry captains, government representatives and think tanks focusing on the following three tracks:

ASEAN Track

The sessions will focus on steering ASEAN in a world of economic clusters, how e-commerce can be a major economic driver, the fast-rising potential of the sharing economy, and empowering rural markets as the next phase of growth in China and ASEAN.

Innovation Track

This track will feature discussions on networking ecosystems for start-ups to promote entrepreneurship and boost innovation, enhancing technological interactions between China and ASEAN, creating a network of smart cities and how China’s ambitious AI and blockchain programmes can reshape its economy and the world.

BRI & Connectivity Track

The sessions will examine what is next for the Belt and Road infrastructure plan, the opportunities for sustainable development and green finance investment along the Belt and Road, the implications of China’s financial market reforms and tapping on the Belt and Road Initiative to boost ASEAN’s connectivity.

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