ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS)

Date Nov 02, 2019

ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS)

ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2019.

    ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) is ASEAN’s premier annual business and investment event organized by ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC). This summit is held in conjunction with the ASEAN Summit every year in the host country. ABIS serves as a platform for the business community to engage with Leaders from ASEAN and beyond, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and key decision-makers who are shaping and influencing ASEAN’s economy.

   The organizing of ABIS has returned to Thailand after a ten-year circle. The two-day conference will provide an ideal platform for the private sectors and stakeholders from ASEAN and beyond to identify, discuss, and develop proposed solutions to pressing issues that affect the region’s economic activity, investment attractiveness and business potential. The summit will be touching on relevant key global issues and providing participants with the opportunity to explore different pivotal strategic directions that they can undertake to overcome challenges faced by businesses in the world today.

   This year is an important year for Thailand as the country takes over the Chair of ASEAN. ASEAN Business Advisory Council-Thailand also assumes the ASEAN private sector’s Chairmanship. This year the Summit will be held under the theme of “Empowering ASEAN 4.0”. The theme of ABIS 2019 is to build on the Singapore Model and prepare for ASEAN member countries to take advantage of and be ready for the digital era. ASEAN 4.0 offers opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) at an accelerating speed. Technology change is delivering exciting solutions to persistent problems, yet distributing jobs and solid structures. The labor force is forecast to expand every day for the next 15 years. And yet, individual robots now outcompete low-skilled manufacturing labor. Artificial Intelligence threatens ASEAN’s service jobs. In addressing these issues, there is a need to call for all ASEAN countries to embrace the 4IR for the benefits of ASEAN people and ASEAN community. Hence, the main focus of the theme includes (i) Digital Infrastructure (ii) Digital Connectivity (iii) ASEAN Human Empowerment and Development (iv) MSME.


    The Summit is a platform for ASEAN governments and private sectors to showcase business opportunities, generate greater awareness on the impact of the emergence of 4th Industrial Revolution in various dimensions of digital infrastructure, digital connectivity, digital workforce, and digital MSMEs.

Key Topics.

  1. Advancing ASEAN 4.0 in the Global Value Chain
  2. Sustainable ASEAN 4.0: Circular Economy
  3. Next generation MSME access to Finance
  4. ASEAN Digital Transformation and Connectivity
  5. ASEAN Human Empowerment and Developmen ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network for MSMEs

Target Audience.

    ABIS 2019 will feature 1,000 participants across the region including high-level government officials from ASEAN countries, private sectors, ASEAN’s dialogue partners, civil society organizations, and academic and research institutions.



E-card Agenda of ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2019



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