10th ASEAN-EU Business Summit
Sofitel Brussels Europe, 13 December 2022
ASEAN and the EU are celebrating the 45th Anniversary of their dialogue partnership on 14th December 2022 in Brussels, and in commemoration of this special event, the EU-ASEAN Business Council will be holding its 10th Business Summit on the sidelines of the official bilateral meeting.
Since 1977, the ASEAN-EU relationship has grown in depth and breadth. It was elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2020, and a year later, the EU demonstrated its recognition of ASEAN’s centrality by putting the region at the heart of its Indo-Pacific Strategy. On the economic cooperation front, both sides remain important trading partners – the EU was ASEAN’s third largest trading partner in 2021, and the second largest source of FDI among ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners. Bilateral trade continues to grow.
There are vast opportunities in ASEAN. Rapidly expanding middle-class, strong economies, and a dream to become an economic community – it is with the support of strong, trusted partners like the EU that ASEAN can live up to its fullest potential.
Bilateral free trade agreement negotiations and discussions continue to take place with ASEAN Member States, with deals concluded in Singapore and Vietnam. Meanwhile, the EU has poured millions of dollars in funding and technical assistance on various programmes, notably those that go towards ASEAN’s regional integration process and on climate change action. And, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU was a major donor of COVID-19 vaccines and other related support to Southeast Asia.
It is clear then that the EU has been among ASEAN’s biggest supporters and a trusted strategic partner. However, given the pressing need to tackle climate action, alleviate poverty through the digital economy, improve connectivity, and present concerns around food security, it is important to further enhance exchanges and cooperation between these two complementary regions. On ASEAN’s part, it has demonstrated strong political commitment to pursue sustainable development. However, it continues to require assistance and positive engagement from the EU to achieve its goals.
The 10th ASEAN-EU Business Summit will be a platform to facilitate this important dialogue. Held along the theme: “Deepening ASEAN-EU Trade: Sustainable Development for All,” the Council hopes the conversations and ideas generated from the Summit will reinforce the existing strong trade and investment relationship between ASEAN and the EU, and to reignite Europe’s interest in Southeast Asia as a region of opportunities.
1430 – 1435
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Martin Hayes, Chairman, EU-ASEAN Business Council
1435 – 1445
H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council
1445 – 1455
H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, (to be confirmed)
1455 – 1505
H.E. Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (to be confirmed)
1505 – 1550
Reinvigorating the EU’s interest in ASEAN: Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy
H.E. Alfredo E. Pascual, Secretary of the Department of Trade & Industry, the Republic of the Philippines
H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, the Kingdom of Cambodia
Koen Doens, Director-General DG INTPA, European Commission
Jackie King, Executive Director, Ibec Global
Dr. Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asia Trade Centre
Moderator: Paolo R. Vergano, Partner, FratiniVergano – European Lawyers
1550 – 1600
H.E. Håkan Jevrell, State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs,the Kingdom of Sweden
1600 – 1615
1615 – 1625
H.E. Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General, ASEAN
1625 – 1710
Sustainability vs Trade: Achieving Balance
ASEAN Minister (to be invited)
Sabine Weyand, Director General, DG Trade
Tan Sri Dr Munir, President, ASEAN Business Club, Chairman, CARI ASEAN Research and Advocacy, & Chairman, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia
Diana Marina Cooper, Global Head of Policy and Regulations, Supernal
Laura Houldsworth, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Booking.com
Moderator: Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
1710 – 1740
H.E. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President and Trade Commissioner, European Commission & ASEAN Minister (to be invited)
Moderator: Noel Clehane, Global Head of Regulatory and Public Policy, BDO & Executive Board Member, EU-ASEAN Business Council
1740 – 1750
ASEAN Head of Government (to be confirmed)
1750 – 1755
Jens Rübbert, Vice-Chairman, EU-ASEAN Business Council, President, Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Managing Director & Regional Head Asia/Pacific, LBBW
1755 – 1900
Networking Drinks & Canapés