Summit Programme
Updated on 12 September 2013 and subject to changes

Day One

20th September 2013, Friday

Venue: Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Dress Code: Lounge Suit
1800 – 1930
Registration and Welcome Reception
1930 – 2130
Summit Keynote Address
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Welcome Dinner

Day Two

21st September 2013, Saturday

Venue: Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Dress Code: Business
0900 – 0910
Opening Remarks by Conference Chairman
George Yeo
Vice Chairman of Kerry Group and Chairman of Kerry Logistics
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore
0910 – 1010
Plenary Session 1: Going Fast in a Slow World

  • Where do growth opportunities lie — which geographies, industries and themes? What is the best way to tap this growth?
  • Developed Market (DM) MNCs are increasingly looking to the emerging markets (EM) as a source of revenue, whilst EM companies are also expanding in EMs and DMs. Is this trend likely to continue?
  • High economic growth generally translates into high sales growth, but not necessarily into high returns. This could be due to poor corporate governance, shrinking margins, dilution of shares, etc. How can businesses ensure a positive translation of economic growth to their bottom line and to returns, and what should investors look out for?
  • How can companies operate and sustain growth in a more uncertain/ volatile world? Has the world indeed become more uncertain/ volatile?
  • What are the key risks to growth? What could blindside businesses and portfolios? Is geopolitics under-priced?
Panellists:
Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.
Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd.
Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP
Wu Shangzhi, Chairman, CDH Investments

Moderator:
Nik Gowing, International Journalist and Broadcaster
1010 – 1025
Tea Break
1025 – 1125
Plenary Session 2: The Global-Asia Business Architecture

Asia’s rapid growth commands the attention of global businesses today. At the same time, a new generation of Asian enterprises and business leaders are taking their place at the global table. A Global-Asia business architecture, encompassing cultures and practices; business models; and partnerships and collaborations, is being installed. How should companies respond to thrive in this evolving landscape?

  • How will the management practices of global corporate leaders evolve as they seek to capitalise on Asia’s growth and tap into the global talent pool? How will Asian business leaders influence global business culture and practices?
  • How will the Internet and technology trends, such as additive manufacturing, robotics and big data, interact with Asian business models and change the way global companies structure themselves and operate in Asia?
  • How should businesses partner and collaborate in Asia, particularly through public-private partnerships?
Panellists:
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
Nobuyuki Hirano, President, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman, Credence Partners Pte Ltd
Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP AG

Moderator:
Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine
1125 – 1215
Distinguished Guest Speaker Address
His Excellency, Pak Muhammad Jusuf Kalla
Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Society
Former Vice President of Indonesia
1215 – 1255
Luncheon
1255 – 1345
Conference Keynote Address: Myanmar in Transition
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Chairperson of the Lower House Committee on the Rule of Law, Peace and Tranquility, Myanmar Parliament
Chairperson, National League for Democracy
1345 – 1450
Plenary Session 3: Southeast Asia Reimagined

Southeast Asia, long shadowed by the rise of China and India, has emerged as a global bright spot. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have made steady economic progress over the last decade and Singapore’s links to the global economy are stronger than ever. Add to mix a resource-rich Myanmar and the Philippines with its 90 million consumers, Southeast Asia is hard to ignore. As leading economies of the world continue to recover, the region offers a stable, vibrant market of some 500 million consumers with both growing domestic economies and strong links to international commerce.

  • What are the opportunities and challenges of operating in new markets such as Myanmar?
  • The Philippines has shown considerable improvement in its public finances which has resulted in an improvement in the business climate. How can the Philippines sustain this momentum?
  • Has the economic progress also led to improvement in governance in the region?
  • Will greater prosperity lead to faster regional integration or will domestic considerations drive the agenda?
  • How will the various political transitions across the region affect business climate?
Panellists:
Kurt M. Campbell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group, LLC
Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican, Chairman, Singapore Power Limited
Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jollibee Foods Corporation
Chairul Tanjung, Founder and Chairman, CT Corp
Thant Myint-U, Chairman, Yangon Heritage Trust

Moderator:
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
1450 – 1505
Tea Break
1505 – 1610
Plenary Session 4: China in Transition – Rebalancing; Restructuring; Regenerating

  • China will likely grow old before it grows rich. Can it shift to a more productivity-driven economy in time to prevent a significant deceleration in growth? To what extent will rebalancing its economy help? Can Southeast Asia, with its projected demographic dividend, be beneficiaries of this?
  • As China’s financial and economic reforms continue, how will the role of the state-owned enterprises evolve in this changing environment? Will private sector entities have a larger role to play in the Chinese economy? How can global and Asian corporates take advantage of these opportunities?
  • As regional economic and trade linkages deepen, will the increased use of the RMB for intra-regional trade and financial transactions contribute to greater stability and ease of doing business? Will a RMB-denominated capital market complement one which is denominated in USD or the local currency? What role can aspiring offshore RMB centres play to meet the increasing demand for RMB services from Asia and the rest of the world?
Panellists:
Stuart T. Gulliver, Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings plc
Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media
Michael Pettis, Professor of International Finance, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group

Moderator:
Nik GowingInternational Journalist and Broadcaster
1610 – 1615
Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
George Yeo

Day Three

22nd September 2013, Sunday

 
Closed-door Roundtable for the International Advisors of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore Economic Development Board, GIC and Temasek

Chairman: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam