Canada-ASEAN: Accelerating the Partnership

  • Breakfast Plenary Session – The Big Picture 22 March 2018 – 09:00 to 10:30 

While Canada’s trade with ASEAN exceeded $21 billion last year, it is still a relatively small player in the region. Our panelists will discuss the status of the Canada ASEAN economic relations, how companies can increase their market share in the region and how they can influence their government’s agenda to ease their path to doing.

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  • Afternoon Plenary Session – Politics of Trade and Investment 22 March 2018 – 13:00 to 14:00

Global trade is expected to expand by 2.4 percent in 2017, though there is deep uncertainty about economic and policy developments. In an atmosphere of increasing protectionism, companies face increasing political and economic risks in their trade and investment decisions. What is the impact of this uncertainty in global trade for ASEAN and Canadian companies and how can companies best navigate around it?

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Innovation
  • Transitioning to Clean Technologies 22 March 2018 – 11:00 to 12:oo

Strong economic growth in ASEAN continues apace and with it, so do environmental impacts, opening up significant opportunities for clean technology solutions from Canada, which was recently ranked 4th in the Global Cleantech Innovation Index.

But this is not a one-size-fits-all opportunity. So where exactly do Canadian capabilities in cleantech match up with ASEAN needs? And how do Canadian companies compete in an ever-more crowded marketplace with Europeans and a range of Asian neighbours clamouring for market share, often with more direct government support than offered by Canada?

Join this panel of experts as we dive deep into the true potential of cleantech opportunities in ASEAN and what it will take for Canadian companies to realize that potential.

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  • Building a Smarter Nation 22 March 2018 – 11:00 to 12:oo

A Smart Nation is defined as one where people are empowered by technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives. A Smart nation has the potential to improve every aspect of community life. As many countries move towards creating a smart nation or smart cities, what does this mean for citizens, companies and governments? How do communities grow into smart cities? How can companies help in building a smarter nation?

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  • Driving Global Innovation 22 March 2018 – 11:00 to 12:oo

Innovation is critical to both competitiveness and survival, while digital technology is transforming markets and creating enormous value for the companies that master it. Disparate levels of technological development across the region mean opportunities for those who can innovate to meet the market needs. What new markets and customer categories in ASEAN hold the most promise? What challenges will innovative companies face and how can they disrupt how business is done in the ASEAN region?

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  • Dr. Mahammad Keyhani

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  • Country Specific Session (Myanmar) 22 March 2018 – 11:00 to 12:oo

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Key Industrial Sectors

  • Financial Services 22 March 2018 – 14:30 to 15:3o

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  • Infrastructure 22 March 2018 – 14:30 to 15:3o

As the world’s economic centre of gravity shifts towards Asia, increased investment in infrastructure is also necessary to support this economic growth. This growth will require new roads, railways, ports, airports and the energy, water and telecommunication infrastructure to support. The ADB has recently revised its estimates of Asia’s infrastructure needs. Asia will require CAD 22.6trn to fund infrastructure through to 2030, amounting to about CAD 1.5trn per year. These estimates rise to over CAD 26trn, when the costs of climate change mitigation are taking into account. How do companies involved in developing, construction, consulting, supplying and other services related to infrastructure and financing, take advantage of these opportunities in ASEAN? What effect will the One Belt One Road Initiative have on the region? How can Canadian and ASEAN companies partner together to be successful?

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  • Aerospace 22 March 2018 – 14:30 to 15:3o

The ASEAN region is one of the world’s fastest growing regions in terms of passenger travel and freight transportation volumes, buoyed by an expanding middle class and lower airfares brought about by budget carriers. This raises the prospect of increased deal flow and opportunities in the travel, aerospace and other related sectors. How can companies in the aerospace sector take advantage of this projected long-term growth?

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  • Country Specific Session (Singapore) 22 March 2018 – 14:30 to 15:3o

Singapore is a thriving metropolis offering a world-class infrastructure, a fully integrated island-wide transport network, dynamic business environment and has been rated by the World Bank as the second easiest place to do business in the world. To attract businesses ready to invest in Singapore, the government keeps its tax rates and tax laws competitive and takes a strategic, holistic approach towards stewardship of key pillars of the economy, such as petrochemicals, electronics, and clean energy. How should Canadian companies navigate within this market? Which segments of the Singapore economy present the best potential for Canadian exports? How can companies use Singapore as a regional platform for the rest of ASEAN?

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Canada and ASEAN – The Trading Environment

  • “Supply Chains and Logistics” 22 March 2018 – 15:30 to 16:3o

As supply chains become increasingly important to companies, this panel will discuss how Canadian and ASEAN companies can work together, the innovation and disruption that is changing the supply chain industry, the future of the industry with increased automation and what steps that the two regions should take in order to improve connectivity.

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  • The Latest on Free Trade Agreements in South East Asia 22 March 2018 – 15:30 to 16:3o

RCEP, CPTPP, FTAAP, Canada-ASEAN, ASEAN+ FTAs – The number of free trade agreements implemented, signed or under negotiation in the ASEAN region are complex for companies to understand. However, their implementation will have long term strategic impacts on companies and their suppliers in the region. This panel will examine the current status of the agreements and how companies should prepare to deal with them.

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  • How to Engage Governments in South East Asia 22 March 2018 – 15:30 to 16:3o

With varying levels of economic development, rules of law and business regulations, companies in the ASEAN region often must engage on multiple levels with diverse governments. This panel will discuss how to approach public policy in the region, how government affairs are different in Asia from Canada, Europe and elsewhere, and how to shape the political and regulatory environment in which companies operate.

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  • SMEs in a Global Environment 22 March 2018 – 15:30 to 16:3o

SMEs, by number, economic input and employment, dominate the ASEAN market and with the announcement of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development in 2016, these companies are starting to look internationally for clients, goods and services. Canadian businesses are well positioned to partner with their SME counterparts throughout ASEAN and to take advantage of one of the fastest growing regions in the world. While the opportunities are readily apparent, how can Canadian companies successfully navigate such a diverse set of countries? Hear from industry experts and companies with boots on the ground about the successes, failures and strategies of entering and thriving in ASEAN.

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