About the 11th ASEAN and Asia Forum
30 August 2018
Singapore is chairing ASEAN at a time when there are new risks posed to economic growth. Growing trade disputes, heightened geopolitical volatility and a protectionist USA have collectively exposed economies to different financial vulnerabilities. The future economic order remains uncertain and export oriented economies in ASEAN need to diversify their growth engines.
To remain competitive, ASEAN is doing more than moving up the value chain. A new investment landscape is emerging in ASEAN with businesses capitalising on sustainable infrastructure and technology. ASEAN’s demand for infrastructure is growing and businesses are facing growing pressure to incorporate green finance into infrastructure planning. The digital economy is also unfolding at an unprecedented pace, with a growing danger of smaller businesses being left out.
To help businesses understand these emerging trends and the new drivers of the global economy, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is organising the 11th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF) focusing on the theme of “Charting ASEAN towards a Sustainable and Digital Future.” The SIIA invites business leaders, diplomats, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to tackle these issues collaboratively and advance regional thinking in pertinent issues facing ASEAN and Asia.