Witness The Pinnacle Of Regional Private Sector Engagement At ABIS 2015

18 November 2015
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Southeast Asia’s premier and flagship private sector event, the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit (ABIS) is returning to Malaysia for its 12th edition. It will once again serve as the central platform for private sector input and discussions on economic issues in the region.

Organized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN‐BAC), the mandated private sector representative in ASEAN, the pivotal ABIS 2015 will be held at the Shangri‐La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on November 20-21.

The packed program will involve discussion of current as well as future economic and business issues. The ABIS platform will also feature distinguished addresses by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Malaysian Prime Minister and 2015 ASEAN Chair Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will officially launch ABIS 2015 as well as hosting more than 20 speakers from around the globe consisting of thought leaders, regional economists, key business players and other ASEAN experts. A number of ASEAN Economic Ministers will discuss and review progress of the AEC.

“ABIS 2015 is expected to attract some 800 participants representing multi‐national corporations, regional conglomerates and businesses from around the world,” ABIS 2015 chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Abdul Majid pointed out in a media release. Bloomberg TV Malaysia is the media partner for ABIS 2015.

Munir also noted that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is a requisite framework in the regional integration process and its progress will be the main topics discussed at ABIS, alongside the all‐important post‐2015 economic agenda for ASEAN.

Themed Business for the People, ABIS will have designated discussions on the overarching issues of financial integration in the ASEAN economy and prevailing people‐centric issues such as the SME agenda, women and young entrepreneurship.

Post‐2015, emphasis will be placed on the importance of innovation, digitalization and sustainable development, taking into consideration their significant and long‐term impact on the community‐building process.

According to Munir, ASEAN‐BAC will be presenting its second report made up of findings from various private sector discussions to the highest level of the regional decision‐making process at ABIS 2015. In April this year, ASEAN‐BAC presented its maiden report at the ASEAN‐BAC Dialogue with ASEAN Leaders and subsequently deliberated the content of the report further in its engagement with the ASEAN Economic Ministers (in August).

Elsewhere, ABIS 2015 will also see the presentation of the Eighth ASEAN Business Awards (ABA), the leading business success showcase program in recognition of regional business excellence. ABA which is held for the first time in Malaysia will incorporate a total of 21 awards, including the recognition of SME Excellence and the identification of successful young and woman entrepreneurship.