|8:30 - 10:15
||Plenary 2: Improving Business
Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific
||To identify the key issues and policies for improving business
connectivity of the Asia-Pacific region, with particular focus on the effective integration of SMEs into global
and regional value chains.
||Oudet Souvannavong, Secretary General,
GMS Business Forum
||H.E. Dalrai Davaasambuu
, Ambassador, Economic Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the State Ikh Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia
Tariq M. Rangoonwala, Chairman, Rangoonwala Group of Companies
Robert Yap, Chairman, YCH Group
Jagdish Saxena, Chairman and Managing Director, Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Lamine Dhaoui, Director, Business,
Investment and Technology Services Branch, UNIDO
||• What are the key impediments to effective business connectivity
in and among subregions in Asia and the Pacific and what can be done to remove them?
• What are the logistics requirements for the smooth functioning of regional value chains and
what policies should be adopted for this purpose?
• In particular, how can government and business work together to facilitate trade and remove
non tariff barriers, reduce transit lead-time and harmonize sectoral standards and procedures in
transportation and customs?
• How can SMEs improve their competitiveness and be more effectively integrated into
regional value chains? What is the role of marketing and branding in this regard?
• What are the requirements to facilitate the effective implementation of government policies,
commitments and agreements for business?
|10:15 - 10:30
|| Networking Break
|10:30 - 12:30
||Parallel Sessions: Capturing
Business Opportunities in Asia and the Pacific
||Parallel 1 HARNESSING BUSINESS-GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS TO PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
Parallel 2 INNOVATIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY AND FOOD SECURITY
Parallel 3 SMALL BUSINESS ICT DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
Parallel 4 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR A GREEN ECONOMY AND ENERGY SECURITY
Parallel 5 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ARISING FROM FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS
|12:30 - 14:30
||Lunch hosted by
the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking of Thailand (JSCCIB)
Special side event of APBF:
Ending Human Trafficking is Smart Business
in collaboration with the End Human Trafficking Now!
|16:30 - 16:45
|| Networking Break
|16:45 - 17:30
|| Capturing Post-Crisis Business
Opportunities in Asia and the Pacific: Outcomes and Recommendations by Session Moderators
|17:30 - 18:00
Chair: Mr. Chote Sophonpanich, Vice Chairperson of the Business Advisory Council to the APBF
Concluding remarks: Dr. Ravi Ratnayake, Director,
Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP