Plenary Session #1 - Canada’s Place in South East Asia
Breakout Session #1
Political stability, a huge population base, a burgeoning middle class, ambitious plans to expedite the development of the infrastructure and manufacturing sectors and a wealth of natural resources make the country a very compelling growth story. However, nationalistic policies under the administration of President Jokowi have deterred more participation by foreign investors. How should Canadian companies navigate this this high-potential market?
A global trade recession and a slower-growing China have hobbled economic growth in most parts of Southeast Asia, except in Vietnam which has seemingly managed to defy gravity. Much of the growth is attributed to record foreign direct investments underpinned by the country’s growing attractiveness as an investment destination, low labour and operating costs as well as Vietnam’s participation in regional trade pacts. What can Canadian exporters offer to this frontier market? Who are the main competition and what attributed to the competitors’ successes?
Hailed as the poster child of the ASEAN region, the economy of the Philippines has grown at an impressive rate under the administration of President Aquino. With a new regime under the leadership of Rodrigo Duterte, will the reform instituted by the previous administration prevail? Which segments of the Filipino economy present the best potential for Canadian exports?
With ASEAN’s growing middle class and greater disposable income, the demand for Canadian agricultural commodities, fish and seafood, and processed food and beverages has tripled in the past 10 years with the ASEAN region no Canada's 6th largest agri-food and seafood export market globally. However, there are still major issues for Canadian companies who are interested in pursuing opportunities in Southeast Asia. How do Canadian companies compete against other foreign companies? What are the logistical challenges that face Canadian agri food businesses and how can be overcome? What are the key market access issues facing companies in the ASEAN region?
Plenary Session #2 - Free Trade in the Pacific
The rapidly-growing Asia-Pacific market is critical to Canada’s growth and economic prosperity. As such, Canada is participating alongside ASEAN members such as Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam in the TPP negotiations. How will Canada’s participation in the TPP boost Canada-ASEAN trade? Which sectors will stand to gain and loose the most? What is the current state of the negotiations and what major issues remained unresolved? Will TPP help to bridge Canada with the RCEP? What happens is TPP is not successful?
Breakout Session #2
- Technology - Innovation and Disruption
For countries or companies, innovation has been hailed as critical to both competitiveness and survival while digital technology is transforming markets and creating enormous value for the companies that master them. What sectors are going to be the most affected? What new markets and customer categories can be found in ASEAN? Is there anything companies can do to prepare for these new technologies? What challenges will disruptive companies face? How will these disruption affect how business is done in the ASEAN region?
- Technology - Clean Tech
Rising populations, rising incomes and increased urbanization in ASEAN also create tremendous environmental pressures. As a result, there are opportunities for companies that provide solutions that can minimize the environmental impact of these changes. As more focus is put on the cleantech industry, new questions and challenges arise for Canadian companies. What is the importance of Asia and ASEAN to the Cleantech industry? Are ASEAN governments creating the proper policy frameworks to help encourage cleantech investment and adoption? What are the key cleantech sectors in South East Asia?
As countries in the ASEAN region continue to surge forward with impressive economic growth, investments in infrastructure development have not kept pace. The roads in most of the capital cities in ASEAN are choking with traffic, most ports and airports in the region are operating beyond capacity, power shortages are becoming a common phenomenon, water resources are under duress and the list goes on. What are the opportunities for Canadian companies, where are these shovel-ready projects, what are the pitfalls, are there mechanism and tools in place to help you access these projects, is PPP the solutions to adopt and will it be a successful model for ASEAN?
- Natural Resources - Global Challenges
With a population of more than 600 million and a nominal GDP of $2.31 trillion, ASEAN has become a major economic force in Asia and a driver of global growth. With this growth comes an increase in demand for additional natural resources. How will ASEAN’s supply and demand requirements shape the natural resources sector? What kind of investment is required to support the natural resources sector in the ASEAN region? Are Canadian companies at risk of missing out?What are the major challenges moving forwards? Transfer of technology and Knowledge to region? How are companies in this sector encouraging sustainable development?
Breakout Session #3
1. Supporting Business
Expanding globally and entering new markets abroad are never easy. The need for additional human and financial resources at the backdrop of increased market risks and uncertainties coupled with exposures to international competition are major impediment to the diversification effort of Canadian companies. What assistance is available to help Canadian companies overcome these challenges? What are the roles of the Trade Commissioner Service, Export Development Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, Commercial Credit Corporation and other Canadian Government Services? Can non-Canadian companies access and benefit from these services?
- Risks and Security in the Asia Pacific Region
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the infiltration of IS terrorist group into the Asia Pacific region, piracy and disruptive actions of separatists and extremist groups in certain ASEAN nations are becoming increasingly worrisome to the stability of the ASEAN region. What can ASEAN do collectively to address this issue? Can Canada play a role in helping to mediate the situation? Which ASEAN nation is most susceptible to this development?
- Financial Services
The Canadian financial sector’s presence in Asia is long-standing. In addition, the massive demographic and urbanization shifts in the region could provide future opportunities for the Canadian financial sector. However, these are difficult times for the financial service sector. A volatile economic environment, disruptive innovations, new entrants to the market place and a changing regulatory landscape are providing new challenges for the industry. How are Canadian financial services preparing for this changing landscape? What are key challenges and opportunities that the new digital age brings? What are the possible macroeconomic and regulatory scenarios that financial services are facing in the ASEAN region?