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Bangkok - 28 Oct 2020

News Number: N/18/2020


Some 500 multi-stakeholders, in particular governments, businesses, civil society and academics from across the region are expected to participate in the Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2020 to foster public-private dialogue and identify innovative solutions and opportunities to address the current challenges faced by businesses – particularly SMEs - from the economic fallout of COVID-19 which has also been compounded by global trade tensions and market disruptions.

The Forum, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN), will take place virtually on 30 October 2020 under the theme “The Future of Global Value Chains and Implications for SMEs".

Members of the media are invited to participate:

When:               Friday, 30 October 2020, 9AM – 5PM (Bangkok time)

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Key Speakers:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Dr. Lee George Lam, Chairperson, ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council
  • H.E. Dr. Sansern Samalapa, Vice Minister for Commerce, Royal Government of Thailand
  • Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairperson, Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade Thailand
  • Ms. Dian Siswarini, President Director & CEO, XL Axiata, Indonesia
  • Mr. Robert Candelino, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Unilever Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Office
  • Mr. Sandeep Chauhan, President, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation
  • Mr. Stanley Kang, Chairman, Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce Thailand
  • Mr. Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys
  • Mr. John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce

For more information on the Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2020:

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