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RHT CABA ASEAN Summit 2022

ASEAN member states have widely divergent relations with the US and China. The growing East-West rivalry and the Russia-Ukraine war are creating new tensions within ASEAN. Singapore and many ASEAN member states maintain neutrality in the US-China rivalry despite the occasional incoherent signals from within ASEAN. Coupled with the post-pandemic landscape and the new uncertainties created by European war, building resilience while recovering from the pandemic has become a top priority for many member states. 2016 saw the inception of the ASEAN Economic Community. RCEP was signed in Nov 2020 and upon ratification, it will become world’s largest trade agreement by economic output and would increase trade and integration among the Asian economies. As China consolidates, RCEP may push the world’s factories from China to the rest of Asia; chiefly into the ASEAN member states.

Will the supply chain dislocation help ASEAN achieve economic integration? Where are the bright spots within ASEAN? Is technology driving the kind of growth we used to see in the last decade? Will ESG and Sustainability remain relevant in ASEAN? New security concerns have arisen recently. How has geopolitics affected the way we do business? The pandemic’s cumulative effects on labour, capital flows and productivity are challenging. Together with geopolitics introducing inflation and new supply chain bottlenecks; economic life is set to get worse. What can we do about it?

Key Discussion Topics

  • ASEAN Macroeconomic Growth Outlooks & Risks 
  • Updates & Challenges in Settling Disputes Across China & ASEAN 
  • The Rise of ASEAN’s Digital Economy 
  • New Opportunities in Energy Security & Investments


(GMT +8 / SGT)
10:00AMOpening Address
Professor Walter Woon, SC
Chairman, RHTLaw Asia

Introduction to RCAS 2022
Azman Jaafar
Managing Partner, RHTLaw Asia
Chairman, ASEAN Plus Group
10:10AMGuest-of-Honour Address
Ms Rahayu Mahzam, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health & Ministry of Law
10:20AMKeynote Presentation
Dr Leo Suryadinata, Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore)
10:40AMPanel 1
ASEAN Macroeconomic Growth Outlooks and Risks
  • Unfolding Developments in Geopolitics: Navigating the impact on ASEAN economic stakeholders of the continuing sagas of the US-China decoupling and Russia-Ukraine conflict
11:40AMRebel Labs Unveiling
Victor Tay, Founder & CEO, Rebel Labs
12:00PMPanel 2
Updates & Challenges in Settling Disputes Across China & ASEAN
  • Exploring traditional and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including international commercial arbitration, recourse against arbitral awards and enforcement of foreign judgments
12:30PMLunch & Networking Opportunity
2:00PMPanel 3
The Rise of ASEAN’s Digital Economy
  • A robust discussion on ASEAN’s digital economy, covering strategic tech investments, cross-border data transfers and managing cybersecurity risks across digital trade regimes
3:00PMPanel 4
New Opportunities in Energy Security & Investments in Emerging Sectors in the Green Economy
  • With the impact of geopolitics and COVID-19 in ASEAN, what are the new investments in emerging sectors in the green economy and opportunities to enhance energy security amidst a framework of regional cooperation?
4:00PMClosing Address
Teng Theng Dar
Founding Chairman, Asia Entrepreneurs Exchange
Member, CABA Advisory Council

Opening Address by Prof Walter Woon, SC
Introduction to RCAS 2022 by Azman Jaafar
Guest-of-Honour Address by Ms Rahayu Mahzam
Keynote Presentation by Dr Leo Suryadinata
Panel 1: ASEAN Macroeconomic Growth Outlooks & Risks
Rebel Labs Unveiling
Panel 2: Updates & Challenges in Settling Disputes Across China & ASEAN
Panel 3: The Rise of ASEAN’s Digital Economy
Panel 4: New Opportunities in Energy Security & Investments in Emerging Sectors in the Green Economy
Closing Address by Teng Theng Dar

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