ISD and The Habibie Center Present the Business Forum on Trade and Investment

Jakarta, November 23, 2016. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the most ambitious economic integration project of Southeast Asia, was officially launched at the end of 2015. Despite almost a year of its implementation, a large section of business community remains unaware of this regional commercial pact. Question remains amongst businesses as to how they could make effective use of the AEC.

Moreover, despite ASEAN’s achievements in the area of economic integration, much can still be done to further expand trade and investment in the ASEAN region. In addition to policies to facilitate trade and investment, ASEAN and its member states could, for instance, carry out more aggressive campaign and outreach initiatives to attract private sector from within and beyond the region to conduct business in the region. In this connection, a forum which attempts to make the business sector—both from within or outside of ASEAN—more familiar with AEC and able to tap into its potentials is both timely and necessary.

In light of this background, The Habibie Center, in partnership with the Indonesia Services Dialogue Council (ISD) and the Indonesian Youth Entrepreneur Association (HIPMI), organizes a Business Dialogue Forum on Open for Business: Seizing Trade and Investment Opportunities in ASEAN in Jakarta.

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This Business Dialogue Forum features an opening remark from Dr. –Ing. Ilham Akbar Habibie, MBA (Chairman of the Institute For Democracy through Science and Technology, The Habibie Center and Vice Chairman of IT, Broadcasting, Research and Technology, Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry), a keynote speech from Mr. Tim Condon (ING Asia Chief Economist), and a business talk-show featuring Mr. Anangga W. Roosdiono (Chairman of Indonesia ASEAN Business Advisory Council), Mr. Glenn Pardede (Managing Director, PT. East West Seed Indonesia), Dr. Lili Yan Ing (Senior Advisor on Trade and Investment, President’s Office of the Republic of Indonesia), Mr. Noke Kiroyan (Board of Founders, ISD), Mr. Bagas Adadhirga (Head of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, HIPMI), and moderated by Ms. Florence Armein (Head of Jakarta Globe News Channel).

The Business Dialogue Forum, which attracts the participation of businesses from ASEAN and the Netherlands, aims to: (a) familiarize economic actors within and beyond ASEAN, especially those from the Netherlands and Indonesia, about business opportunities and constraints deriving from the full implementation of the AEC; (b) provide a networking platform for business from ASEAN and the Netherlands; and (c) contribute to the potential expansion of trade and investment both within and beyond ASEAN.

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