More than 1,000 business leader, high-level government officials and representatives of private sectors as well as academics and members of civil society from across the region are expected to attend the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) to be held in Bangkok on November 2-3.
The summit, which is ASEAN’s premier annual business and investment event, will be held in conjunction with the ASEAN Summit to be hosted by Thailand. It serves as a platform for the business community to engage with ASEAN leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs and key decision-makers who are shaping and influencing ASEAN’s economy.
Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Prime Minister Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei will be among the key-note speakers of the forum, to be held at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre, Muang Thong Thani.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver the opening keynote address on November 2 while Group CEO of AsiaAsia Tony Fernandes will also attend as guest speaker along with several other economic, businessmen and investment experts.
The two-day conference, which is returning to Thailand after a 10-year circle, will see government leaders, private sectors and stakeholders from ASEAN and beyond identify, discuss and propose solutions to pressing issues affecting the region’s economic activity, investment and business potential.
This year’s summit will be held under the theme “Empowering ASEAN 4.0” to highlight how ASEAN member countries should seize the opportunities and face challenges in the new digital era.
The summit will also hear from Femi Owolade-Coombes, an award-winning young inventor, who will be a guest speaker. The 13-year-old British boy has been using technology to inspire a new generation of coders – from the UK to Bangladesh and beyond.