Conference Topics

Theme 1: Luncheon Session
Food For Thought:
Future of Malaysia in ASEAN
6 September 2018
1:00PM - 2:15PM
A keynote address from an industry leader on Malaysia’s next steps to meet the goal of regional economic integration of ASEAN.
Theme 2: Deciphering ASEAN
Digital Trends in ASEAN’s Hospitality Sector
6 September 2018
2:30PM - 3:30PM
This panel session will discuss the transformation of ASEAN’s booming hospitality and tourism industry as a result of emerging digital technologies and business models.
Retail in ASEAN:
A New Approach
6 September 2018
4:00PM - 5:00PM
In this panel session, key industry leaders will share insights on the ever-evolving retail industry and explore strategies businesses can implement to accelerate growth in the world of consumerism.
The Manufacturing Opportunity:
The Future of Production in ASEAN
6 September 2018
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Panellists will analyse the main trends affecting production in the region, assessing the competitiveness of the ASEAN market in manufacturing, and identifying specific levers that will improve the region’s readiness for the future of production.
Theme 3: ASEAN Economic Integration
Regional vs. Global:
Tackling Trade in ASEAN
7 September 2018
10:00AM - 11:30AM
A panel made up of representatives of government bodies and associations will discuss the different strategies that regional and global brands take to tackle trade within the ASEAN region.
Investing in ASEAN Economic Community:
The Challenges and Opportunities
7 September 2018
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Global brands looking to enter the ASEAN market and local brands aiming to grow across the region, can participate in a panel discussion on strategies businesses can implement to tackle the vast ASEAN region as one unified market and leverage on the AEC network.
AEC Updates:
What’s Now? What’s Next?
7 September 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
Following ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary, get up to speed on the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community since its establishment in 2015 and hear what’s in store for the development of the community in the next 50 years.
Theme 4: Entrepreneurship (Youth & Women)
Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs in ASEAN
7 September 2018
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Hear youth entrepreneurs from across ASEAN share their success, challenges and insights in expanding their business within the region.
Cultivating Female Leadership Excellence in ASEAN
7 September 2018
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Female entrepreneurs come together to share their experience of growing their business across the ASEAN region while also inspiring change.
Theme 5: Halal
Selangor As a Global Halal Ingredients Hub
7 September 2018
8:00AM - 7:00PM
The rapid growth of the Halal Sector pushes brands operating within the segment to continuously evolve to keep up with ever-changing global trends. Learn from industry leaders on the strategies brands must implement to embrace Industrial Revolution 4.0 while abiding to Syariah laws in their day-to-day operations.

The conference will also deep dive into emerging trends in the Halal food sector and discuss Selangor’s role as a Global Halal Ingredients Hub while showcasing what’s to come for Halal in the next decade with the Selangor Halal Action Plan.
Theme 6: Belt and Road Initiative
The ASEAN Economic Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative
7 September 2018
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Witness a panel discussion on the Belt and Road Initiative as they discuss its influence on the economy in ASEAN. It will also explore the initiative’s role of building a trade, investment and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.