ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2021

Monday, 25 October 2021
8:30AM- 6:00PM (GMT +8)
Hopin Platform

Brunei is delighted to be hosting the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2021. The event will be hosted online. It will be a pivotal event at a crucial time where the public and private sectors can come together and identify ways to promote inclusive sustainable growth in a digital age.

Morning session (08:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Time GMT +8 Programme
08:30 am – 9:00 am


Welcome remarks by Haslina Taib, Chair of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2021 and CEO, Dynamik Technologies

Opening Keynote Address by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam

Vote of thanks by The Hon. Yanty Rahman, Chair, ASEAN Business  Advisory Council 2021 

Special Remarks by Hajah Farida Dato Talib, Managing Director and CEO,  Brunei LNG 

Special Remarks by Mubashar H. Khokhar, Managing Director and CEO, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD)

09:00 am – 10:15 am


ASEAN’s Priorities in a New Normal: What are the social, economic and geo-political issues facing Southeast Asia? How can ASEAN balance economic recovery with sustainable growth? What does the investment and trading environment for the region look like?

Keynote Addresses by H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia

Followed by a Panel Discussion with:

  • The Hon. Dato Dr Amin Liew Abdullah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II and Chairman of the Bank Islamic Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) and Group of Companies.

  • H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General, ASEAN

  • Dr Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

  • Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy, International Institute for Strategic Studies

  • Rino Donosepoetro, Vice Chairman for ASEAN, Standard Chartered Bank

Moderated by Haslinda Amin, Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television

10:15 am - 10:30 am


Keynote Address by The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Virtual Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:15 am


ASEAN Investment Report 2020-2021: Investing in Industry 4.0

by Mr. Richard Bolwijn, Director of Investment Research, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

11:15 am - 12:30 pm


The Shape of Things to Come: How do we prepare for the future of work, education, health, travel and live with Covid-19 in ASEAN? What are the new business models and supply chain shifts? What are the key issues to watch out for?

Keynote Address by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Followed by a Panel Discussion with:

  • Dr Parag Khanna , Founder and Managing Director of Future Map and Author of 'Move'

  • John Graham, CEO, Zuellig Pharma

  • Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis, Shell Country Chair in Brunei Darussalam

  • Mr. Sasaki Nobuhiko, Chairman & CEO, The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Moderated by Dato Timothy Ong, Board Member, Baiduri Bank Group.

Afternoon session (12:30 pm - 6:15 pm)
Time GMT +8 Programme
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Networking Break

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation on ASEAN’s Care Economy

ASEAN’s Care Economy: How can ASEAN ensure no one is left behind?

By The Hon. Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Chair of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Presentation by Save the Children

'The Impact of Covid-19 on Children in Southeast Asia' by Hassan Noor Saadi, Regional Director, Save the Children

1:15 pm- 2:00 pm

Coffee and Conversation in the H.I.R.E.D Lounge

'H.I.R.E.D: Brunei’s Legacy Project on Digital Skills'

Over coffee, The Hon. Yanty Rahman, Chair, ASEAN Business Advisory Council 2021 will seek a range of brief views on 'Addressing the Digital Skills Gap in ASEAN' one-by-one with:

  • Natalie Black CBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pac
  • Mizan Adiliah Mohamad Deli, Human Resources and External Relations Manager, Brunei LNG
  • Ingo Imhoff, Programme Director, Regional Cooperation in TVET, GIZ
  • Dato' Palaniappan Joseph, Chairman of the ASEAN Future Work Force Council
  • Dr Dhruv Patel, founder and CEO of the Nisai Group
  • Noraini Sulaiman, Deputy Managing Director 1, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD)
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual Networking Break

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm


Advancing ASEAN’s Digital Economy: How can ASEAN develop a digital eco-system for sustainable and inclusive growth? How can Southeast Asian businesses accelerate their digital transformation? What are the challenges in connecting ASEAN digitally?

Keynote Address by The Right Honourable Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Navdeep Bains, Vice-Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC and former Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, Canada
  • Benjamin Joe, Vice President Southeast Asia and Emerging Markets, Facebook
  • Pengiran Shamhary bin PDP Hj Mustapha, Managing Director, Brunei Gas Carriers
  • Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura, President, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Verena Siow, President & Managing Director, SAP Southeast Asia

Moderated by Steve Lai, News Anchor, CNA

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presentation on the ASEAN BAC Brunei Digital Legacy Project

Introduction of the ASEAN Digital Gateway and ASEAN Travel Wallet using Ethereum Blockchain Solutions

Charles d'Haussy, Managing Director APAC, Consensys and Author of 'Block Kong: 21 Entrepreneurs and Financiers Leading Blockchain in Hong Kong' in conversation with Haslina Taib, Chair of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2021 and CEO of Dynamik Technologies

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm


Keynote Address by The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm


ASEAN's Circular Economy: How can Southeast Asia grow sustainably? What needs to be done to incentivise business, big and small, to transition and commit to net-zero?

Special Remarks by H.E. Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Scene Setting video by Sir David Attenborough

Followed by Panel Discussion with:

  • Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Surendra Rosha, Co-Chief Executive, Asia Pacific, HSBC
  • Farida Dato Talib, Managing Director and CEO, Brunei LNG
  • Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Moderated by Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Chair, UK-ASEAN Business Council

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm


Keynote Address by H.E. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Keynote Addresses by H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Concluding Remarks by The Hon. Yanty Rahman, Chair, ASEAN Business Advisory Council 2021, Chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council 2021

Handing over ceremony by Haslina Taib, Chair ABIS 2021 to the Chair of ABIS 2022.

ABIS Programme as of Sunday, 24 October 2021. Programme subject to change.


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