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ASEAN-EU Business Summit 2020

The ASEAN-EU Business Summit is back for its 8th edition, slated to be held in Singapore on 19 November 2020. This year's edition follows on from a highly successful run in Thailand 2019 during their ASEAN Chairmanship, graced by ASEAN Ministers, Ambassadors and prominent business leaders who spoke at the event attended by high-level delegates.

This year's edition of Business Summit is slightly different from the previous ones with the COVID-19 pandemic posing challenges, bringing about new 'norms' and acceleration on the digitalisation front at a global level. Embracing technology, and keeping in line with social distancing measures, for the first time we will be conducting the Summit through a hybrid virtual/physical model, to provide guests the option of attending the event virtually. 

The ASEAN-EU Business Summit was founded in 2011 in Indonesia and has since developed to an established meeting point in ASEAN with several hundred delegates attending each event. The Summit is designed to be a platform for business leaders, thought-leaders and policy makers to interact and debate the key business and trade issues of the day. 

Date: 19 November 2020
Venue: The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 

Time: 12.30pm (Registration) to 6pm

The event will be complimentary to full members of the EU-ABC, and a charge of SGD 50 and SGD100 will apply to Associate and non members respectively.

  • As seats are limited, priority to attend the event onsite will be given to members and representatives of the diplomatic corps. 

  • Members and guests have the option of attending the event virtually. A link to the event will be sent upon payment completion.

  • Register for the event via the registration button and we will be in contact to complete the registration process.


ASEAN 4.0 - Digital Tools for an Inclusive Future

COVID-19 has accelerated ASEAN’s to pivot towards the digital economy, forcing companies to rethink how they operate. However, the task at hand is considerable. The region’s uneven customs regulations, large connectivity deficits, and limited regulatory frameworks to protect consumers and online businesses continue to present huge roadblocks, especially for SMEs.  Beyond the e-commerce sector, more needs to be done to ensure that the region’s digital ecosystem is inclusive

Promoting Sustainable Health Care Financing in  ASEAN  

As ASEAN climbs up the value chain, the provision of affordable healthcare is crucial. Demographic shifts are set to create a host of uncertainties, including a rapidly ageing demographic between now and 2050. The challenge for ASEAN leaders is to ensure that healthcare is readily available to everyone, even those in the most remote locations, at an affordable price. 

Towards a Resilient and Sustainable Tomorrow- Understanding ASEAN’s Post-Pandemic Recovery & The Opportunities for European Businesses

The swift and massive shock of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown measures to contain it has plunged the global economy into a severe downward spiral. According to World Bank forecasts, the global economy will shrink by 5.2% this year., making it the deepest recession since the Second World War. The blow is hitting hardest in countries which rely heavily on global trade, tourism, commodity exports, and external financing. 


Our Speakers


H.E. Chan Chun Sing

Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore


H.E. Trần Tuấn Anh

Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam

H.E. Valdis Dombrovskis

EU Trade Commissioner 

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Ajarin Pattanapanchai

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand

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Jane Lim

Assistant Chief Executive 

 Sectoral Transformation Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore 

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Joo-Ok Lee

Head of the Regional Agenda, Asia-Pacific

World Economic Forum

Jeff Paine

Managing Director

Asia Internet Coalition 


Marianne Gilchrist

Managing Director, Head Global & L&H South Asia, SwissRe

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The Hon. Ar Yanty Rahman

Co-Chair ASEAN BAC, Legislative Council Member Brunei and ASEAN Future Workforce Council 

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H.E.  Igor Driesmans

EU Ambassador to ASEAN 

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Ada Wong

Public Affairs Lead, Sanofi

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Eric Mansion

General Manager

Sanofi Pasteur Asia  

H.E. Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo

Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community 

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Donald Kanak


EU-ASEAN Business Council


Eastspring Investment

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Khor Chern Chuen

Chief Operating Officer 

SAP Southeast Asia

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Santitarn Sathirathai 

Group Chief Economist, Sea

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Kirk Mitchell

Vice President, Corporate Development 
HERE Technologies, Asia Pacific 

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Ryan Huang

Presenter, Money FM 89.3 


Professor Tikki Elka Pangestu

Visiting Professor of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine &

Former Director of WHO Research Policy

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Chris Hardesty 

Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences , KPMG 

Stuart Tait

Group General Manager, Regional Head of Commercial Banking Asia-Pacific, HSBC

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Abdul  

Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and

President, ASEAN Business Club 



Get in Touch

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L19 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place
Singapore 048623  |


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The EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) is the sole voice for European Business within the ASEAN region, formally recognised as such by the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. Established to help promote the interests of European businesses operating within ASEAN and to advocate for changes in trade and investment policies and regulations, the EU-ABC raises the profile of European businesses in the region through formal events and high-profile dialogues.

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Summit Venue

Fullerton Hotel Singapore 

Address: 1 Fullerton Square

Singapore 049178


Phone+66 6733 8388