AEC Business Forum “2020: The Age of ASEAN Connectivity”
Bangkok Bank hosted the AEC Business Forum “2020: The Age of ASEAN Connectivity” on November 14, 2019 at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, Central World. The Forum was intended to help Thai investors and entrepreneurs navigate a changing world and prepare for opportunities and challenges in ASEAN.
Dr. Sung Cheng Chih, CEO of Avanda Investment Management, Investment Advisor to Ministry of Finance and Central Banks in Singapore, Norway and Thailand and a Board Member of MIT Endowment, delivered the introductory speech on “ASEAN Economy in a Multi-Polar World & Investment Implications”. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring an international lineup comprising Mr. Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures PCL, Mr. James Wu, Group President for Southeast Asia of Huawei, China, Mr. Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO of Frasers Property Limited, Mr. Paul Lim, Group CEO of PESTECH International Berhad, and Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group and Chairman of the Executive Committee of True Corporation PCL. This session explored the topic of “ASEAN CEO’s Vision 2020 & Beyond” and was moderated by Ms. Veenarat Laohapakakul, news anchor of “One31” variety HD channel.
The afternoon’s panel discussion was divided into two sections and featured executives from a wide range of industries. The first session “Rising Sectors of AEC” was joined by Ms. Preeyanart Soontornwata, President of B.Grimm Power PCL, Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO of Dusit Thani PCL, Mr. Suwat Chaopricha, Chairman of Ritta Co., Ltd. and Ms. Niramarn Laisathit, SEVP of Bangkok Bank PCL. This section was moderated by Mr. Burin Adulwattana, Chief Economist of Bangkok Bank PCL.
The second session “Strategies for Growth: ASEAN’s E-Commerce Trends & Tips in 2020” featured Mr. Jack Zhang, Deputy CEO of Lazada (Thailand), Ms. Maneerut Anulomsombut, CEO of Sea Group (Thailand), Ms. Somwalee Limrachtamorn, MD of the Nielsen Company (Thailand), and Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, Executive Director of Bangkok Bank PCL. This section was moderated by Dr. Sudsanguan Chusacultanachai Executive Vice President of Bangkok Bank PCL.