BRIF 2018

Belt and Road Initiative Forum 2018

Belt and Road: Opportunities and Networking Enabler (一带一路会议:机遇与关系网的桥梁)

Following the success of the inaugural HCS Internationalisation Forum in 2016, aimed at supporting Singapore companies to build up their export-capability and to venture overseas. Building on this success, HCS will be organising the Belt and Road Initiative Forum (BRIF) on 4 May 2018 as a platform for businesses to establish their bearings in the context of BRI, explore potential projects and collaboration, and develop appropriate strategies and approaches for overseas expansion. In line with the Singapore Government’s intent to position Singapore as a key interlocutor for BRI, and to continue the momentum for Singapore companies to succeed in overseas ventures, the theme of the BRIF2018 is “Belt and Road: Opportunities and Networking Enabler (一带一路会议:机遇与关系网的桥梁)”

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HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM THE FORUM?

  • Hear the latest trends and developments from senior government officials, renowned thought-leaders and industry captains, pertaining to BRI and the key winning strategies for successful ventures;
  • Valuable networking opportunities with C-suite level participants;
  • Strengthen capabilities and sharpen strategies for your overseas ventures to BRI countries;
  • Understand trade relations, government rules and regulations and the BRI; and
  • Learn how to manage cross-border transaction and supply chain in the digital economy.

Note: Bilingual (English/Chinese) session. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

 

Guest-of-Honour (Morning)

Sim Ann

Ms Sim Ann

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry

 

 

 

Guest-of-Honour (Closing Dialogue)

TBD

 

 

Programme at a Glance

Market and Non-Market Strategy: Navigating the political economy along the BRI countries

By Marc L. Busch, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

The session discusses the political economy of international business along the BRI countries: Market access, non-market strategy, and the means by which companies seek to contend with barriers to trade. In some countries, there are security concerns and political instability which cause project implementation to be delayed. What are the non-market strategies that can help businesses secure projects in such countries and how can they shape the playing field on which they compete?

Opportunities

30% of China’s Belt and Road investments globally are in Singapore. Currently, 60% of ASEAN project finance transactions are led by Singapore-based banks. Singapore and China have agreed on three areas of cooperation in the BRI: infrastructural connectivity, financial connectivity and third-country collaboration. Singapore and China have also committed to augmenting economic cooperation and deepening two-way investment ties, including an upgrade of the China-Singapore FTA. In addition, there will be greater access as a result of Singapore’s new FTA with Sri Lanka and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP). Against this backdrop:

  • How can Singapore companies capture new opportunities?
  • How can Singapore companies collaborate overseas companies on international projects or other business opportunities?
  • What can Singapore companies do to stay ahead of the competition? 

Moderator: TBC

Network

BRI links 63% of the world’s population from 65 countries, accounting for 40% of global trade. To facilitate this massive project, the Chinese Government has committed billions of dollars on infrastructure-related projects in BRI countries.

This session will discuss different approaches for coordinating and working with suppliers and strategic partners in the context of BRI, and strategies for aligning the incentives of the different players throughout the supply chain to develop successful collaboration relationships.

Given the opportunities and challenges, how do businesses develop stronger business, distribution and logistics networks within Southeast Asia and the region?

Speakers:

1) Mr James Chang (Co-Founder & Group Chief Crossborder Officer at Lazada Group)
2) Mr Sam Goi (Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group)
3) TBC

Chair: Prof Ho Teck Hua (Provost and Senior Deputy President, NUS)

Special Luncheon Conversation with TBD 

Avoiding the ‘island mentality’ – Equipping business leaders and workforce with global skills and knowledge – how and why?

Moderator: TBD

Enabler

The session will discuss the roles played by the Governments, trade/business associations, as well as businesses in facilitating flow of trade, goods, services, and people along the BRI. What are some of the approaches and facilities available in organisations which serve as a bridge that enable businesses and individuals to benefit from the BRI?

Speakers:

1) Ms Fong Pin Fen (Director (Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions), Singapore Economic Development Board)
2) Dr Lim Tai Wei (Adjunct Research Fellow, NUS East Asian Institute)
3) TBD

Chair: TBD

Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy

According to the Google-Temasek e-Conomy SEA Spotlight 2017 South-east Asia’s Internet economy will hit US$50 billion (S$67.6 billion) in 2017 and will potentially exceed US$200 billion by 2025. Investments in Singapore-based companies like Grab, Lazada, and Sea Ltd. bolster Singapore’s position as Southeast Asia’s financial and tech hub, but the report also highlights the challenges that these companies faced, namely shortage of local, homegrown talent, particularly in senior engineering roles. Against this backdrop, what are the opportunities for Singapore businesses? How to overcome challenges? What should Singaporeans do to better prepare for the future opportunities created by the rapidly growing Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy?

Speakers:

1) Mr Teo Ser Luck (Chairman, Nufin Data and Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC)
2) TBD
3) TBD

Chair: TBD

TBC

 

 

Who should attend?

Business owners, Entrepreneurs, C-suite leaders, Vice Presidents, Directors and Functional Managers of companies who are interested to venture abroad, planning to internationalise or are already working on overseas projects.

 

Luminary Speakers from the Private, Public and People sectors

Stay tuned for more updates!

Marc BuschProf Marc L. Busch

Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Marc L. Busch (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Professor of Government and Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University. He is an expert on international trade policy and law. He serves as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC-16), a public-private group reporting to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. He has addressed a wide variety of governments and international institutions, including the Advisory Centre on WTO Law, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the United Nations. He has testified before the US Congress on Airbus-Boeing litigation, and before the Canadian Senate on softwood lumber litigation. He has consulted to Booz Allen Hamilton, Bell Canada, Frontier Strategy Group, Goruck, Health Canada, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey, Monitor, Nomacorc, Philip Morris International, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada, on behalf of which he addressed a NAFTA 2022 panel on dispute settlement.

 

Programme Details, Fees and Registration

Time 

Programme

8.30am

REGISTRATION

9.00am 

WELCOME 

9.15am

MASTERCLASS

Prof Marc Busch, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

10.00am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry 

10.35am

CONVERSATION WITH MS SIM ANN

Opportunities

Moderator: TBC

11.10am

NETWORKING TEA BREAK

11.30am

PANEL DISCUSSION 1

Network

Speakers:

1) Mr James Chang, Co-Founder & Group Chief Crossborder Officer at Lazada Group
2) Mr Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group
3) TBD

Chair: Prof Ho Teck Hua (Senior Deputy President and Provost, NUS)

12.45pm

SPECIAL LUNCHEON CONVERSATION WITH:

Avoiding the ‘island mentality’ – Equipping business leaders and workforce with global skills and knowledge – how and why? 

Moderator: TBD

2.30pm

PANEL DISCUSSION 2

Enabler

Speakers:

1) Ms Fong Pin Fen, Director (Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions), EDB 
2) Dr Lim Tai Wei, Adjunct Research Fellow, NUS East Asian Institute 
3) TBD

Chair: TBD

3.45pm NETWORKING TEA BREAK
4.15pm

PANEL DISCUSSION 3

Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy

Speakers:

1) Mr Teo Ser Luck, Chairman Nufin Data 
2) TBD 

Chair: TBD

5.05pm CLOSING DIALOGUE
6.00pm END OF FORUM

Individual

Early Bird / Group

S$400 per pax 

Incl GST

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