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ABOUT THE FORUM
The AXIATA ASEAN Leadership Forum is an Annual Series organised by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the ASEAN Business Forum and ASEANAFFAIRS. Now in its 7th edition, the Axiata ASEAN Leadership Forum has brought together Government, Business and Thought Leaders to reflect on the key challenges facing ASEAN, evaluate the business and investment opportunities brought about by AFTA and regional FTA’s ASEAN has forged with other countries like China, India, Korea, Australia and New Zealand as well as to feel the pulse of ASEAN. The signing of the ASEAN Charter, the establishment of the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights and the accession to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation by the USA last year are major landmark events for ASEAN.
This year 2010 sees the full realisation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) opening up a combined market of 550 million people. This year also sees the coming into effect of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) which creates the world’s largest free trade area in terms of population. ASEAN has rebounded rather strongly from the Global Financial Crisis. 2010 provides ASEAN with new opportunities. Regionalisation strategies by ASEAN companies have seen the success stories of several ASEAN companies becoming regional MNC’s. The ASEAN Leadership Forum provides participants with timely updates and information on ASEAN, in-depth analysis of ASEAN’s strategic issues and the emerging trends as well as the business prospects created by AFTA, CAFTA and other regional FTA’s. Past editions of the ASEAN Leadership Forums have been held in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta. Previous keynote speakers include Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, then Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan.
 
BRIEF PROGRAMME
8.30 am Arrival and Registration of Participants.
9.00 am ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE – ASEAN’S ECONOMIC POTENTIAL AND CHALLENGES.
(ASEAN has emerged from the Global Economic Crisis stronger than ever. The coming into effect of the China-ASEAN FTA in January this year and the coming into full effect of AFTA also this year presents new opportunities and challenges for ASEAN business. Already intra ASEAN trade is growing rapidly.
How will the ASEAN economies fare in 2010? What are the key issues and challenges facing ASEAN economic integration? Where will new opportunities come from?)
Speakers:-
•   H.E. Ong Keng Yong
Ambassador at Large Singapore & Former ASEAN Secretary-General / Director, Institute of Policy Studies Singapore.
●   Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hj.
Mokhtar Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
●   Dato’ Dr. Mahani Zainal Abidin
Chief Executive, Institute of Strategic & International Studies Malaysia.
●   Mr. Rajiv Biswas
Director, Southeast Asia, Corporate Network, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist, Singapore.
Moderator:-
●   Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam
Group Adviser, Sunway Group / Chairman, ASLI’s CPPS.
10.15 am Morning Refreshments.
10.30 am BUSINESS LEADERS FORUM – Globalizing ASEAN Companies and Building World Class ASEAN Companies
(ASEAN companies need to go global and compete internationally. The creation and development of ASEAN champions are new challenges facing the private sector in ASEAN. How can ASEAN companies compete in the international markets? How to build world class ASEAN companies? What are lessons to be learnt?)
Speakers:-
● Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim,
Managing Director / President and Group CEO, Axiata Group Berhad.
● Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim,
Managing Director / President and Group CEO, Axiata Group Berhad.
● Dr. Jannie Tay
President, Asean Business Forum and Deputy Chairman, The Hour, Singapore.
● Dato’ Mohamed Iqbal Rawther
Chairman, MIM / Vice-President, ASEAN Business Forum.
● Mr. Khairussaleh Ramli
Chief Financial Officer, Malayan Banking Berhad.
Moderator:-
● Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazir
Abdul Razak Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group Berhad
12.00 pm PARTNERING ASEAN FOR MUTUAL GROWTH AND PROSPERITY
(The US recently signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation marking closer relationship and stronger commitment to ASEAN. The EU is interested to discuss a FTA with ASEAN. Australia and New Zealand and India have concluded FTA deals with ASEAN. These recognise the growing potential of the ASEAN market. Will these FTAs benefit ASEAN businesses? How can ASEAN SMEs cope? What are the prospects of more regional FTAs?)
Speakers:-
● H.E. Vikay K. Gokhale
High Commissioner, High Commission of India.
● Datuk Nicholas Zefferys
President, American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce.
● Mr. Thai Quang Trung,
Regional Coordinator, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Regional Office, Singapore.
Moderator:-
● Mr. S. Roy
Founder and Publisher, ASEANAFFAIRS, Bangkok.
1.00 pm Lunch and KEYNOTE LUNCHEON PANEL – LEADING ASEAN: THE ROAD AHEAD
1.00 pm - 1.05 pm Welcoming Remarks by Chairman, ASEAN Leadership Forum and CEO ASLI Dato’ Michael Yeoh.
1.05 pm - 1.55 pm Lunch.
1.55 pm - 2.00 pm Introductory Remarks by Mr. Karl- Peter Schoenfisch, Regional Director, Hanns Seidel Foundation.
2.00 pm - 2.15 pm Address by H.E. Keo Puth Rasmey, Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia / Deputy Prime Minister, Cambodia.
2.15 pm - 2.30 pm Address by H.E. Secretary Annabelle T. Abaya, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Republic of the Philippines.
2.30 pm - 2.35 pm Presentation of Mementoes.
2.40 pm End of Luncheon Session / Guests to adjourn for Prime Ministerial Keynote Session.
3.00 pm – 4.00 pm PRIME MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE SESSION
3.00 pm - 3.10 pm Welcoming Remarks by Chairman, ASEAN Leadership Forum and CEO ASLI Dato’ Michael Yeoh.
3.10 pm - 3.20 pm Introductory Remarks by Managing Director / President and Group CEO, Axiata Group Bhd Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim.
3.20 pm - 3.40 pm Keynote Address by Prime Minister of Malaysia The Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak.
3.40 pm - 3.45 pm Reading of Citation for ASEAN Transformational Leader Award by Dato’ Dr. Jannie Tay, President, ASEAN Business Forum.
3.45 pm - 3.50 pm Joint Presentation of ASEAN Transformational Leader Award by Chairman of ASLI, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah; and Founder of ASEANAFFAIRS Magazine Mr. S. Roy.
4.00 pm Afternoon Refreshments.
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm PARALLEL SESSIONS:
(1) YOUNG LEADERS FORUM
(How the younger generation perceive the future of ASEAN. What the younger generation do to make ASEAN more relevant?)
Speakers:-
Tunku Zain Abidin Tuanku Muhriz
President, Institute for Democracy and Economics Affairs, Malaysia.
● Mr. Benjamin Quinones,
Chairman, Coalition of Socially Responsible SMEs, Philippines.
● Mr. Karim Raslan
Regional Columnist / Group CEO, KRA Group.
Moderator:-
● Ms. Ng Yeen Seen
Director, Centre for Public Policy
Studies, ASLI.
(2) WOMEN LEADERS FORUM
(How ASEAN Women Leaders can foster closer collaboration? How Women Leaders can make a difference in ASEAN?)
Speakers:-
Dato’ Dr. Norraesah Mohamad
Executive Chairman, MY E.G. Services Berhad, Malaysia.
● Ms. Penny Low
President, Social Innovators Forum and Member of Parliament, Singapore.
● Ms. Cherie Nursalim
Chair, Three on the Bund, Shanghai.

Datuk Rafiah Salim
Director, NAM Institute for Women Empowerment.
● Ms. Norma Sit
Chief Executive Officer, Foundation of the Future.
Moderator:-
● Dato’ Dr. Jannie Tay
President, ASEAN Business Forum / Vice Chairman, The Hour Glass, Singapore.
5.30 pm End of Forum.
NOTE:-  
The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme in the best interest of the Forum.

Dated: 18th March 2010
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