Record number of participants for the 9. ASEAN Business & Investment Summit

The South East Asian business elite and 16 Heads of States and Governments will meet in Pnom Penh when the 9. ASEAN Business & Investment Summit will be held as an official side event to the ASEN Leaders Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS)

“Interest is particularly strong this year as we are nearing a key point in ASEAN’s history”, says Cambodia’s Neak Okhna Kith Meng, Chairman of ASEAN-BAC in 2012 and President of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC).

Four weeks before the summit the organisers can report a record number of sponsors and participants.

“The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015 is a major point of interest for companies throughout the world as ASEAN is fast growing into a key global marketplace with enormous potential for the world economy. The business community wants to know what policies are being put in place, what the opportunities are, and how they can be explored”.

The Business Summit this year sets the stage in highlighting the position of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) vis-à-vis the global community.

The expected 700 delegates will discuss the potential for renewable energy in ASEAN; inter-ASEAN connectivity and infrastructure developments; how to create more opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMEs; the socialization of the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA), and how to further promote good corporate governance in ASEAN. In addition, the opportunities that arise in the frontier markets of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are a key element of the 2-day event.

Conducted successfully for the past nine years, the 2012 ASEAN-BIS continues to serve as a prime platform for knowledge exchange and networking between the regional business community and ASEAN’s political leaders. The summit provides insight into ASEAN developments by leading corporate, governmental and academic experts who are a major driving force for further ASEAN integration.

Among this years Keynote speakers are :
H.E. Samdech Decho Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
H.E. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce.
H.E. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN.
Donald P. Kanak, Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia.
Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chairman of Toshiba Thailand.
Gilles Plante, CEO Asia of ANZ Banking Group.

One of the highlights of the event is the ASEAN Business Awards (2012 ABA), which recognise the “Most admired ASEAN enterprises”. Renowned BBC ASIA journalist and ASEAN expert, Rico Hizon, will moderate the Gala Dinner as well as other key sessions of the Summit.

More information on the program can be found at http://www.asean-bis.com/

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