The 7th ASEAN-EU Summit, co-organised by EU ASEAN Business Council and EABC, was held on 9th September 2019 at the Okura Prestige, Bangkok. The welcoming from Mr. Donald Kanak, President of Eastspring Investments and Opening address by H.E. Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola talked of the value of a rules-based world trading order and expressed a positive regard towards a future EU-Thailand FTA. HSBC, lead sponsor, provided a case for data normalization. The two panels – Digital, then Finance followed. H.E. Dr. Uttama Savanayana, Finance Minister talked of financing an ageing society.

On the Digital Panel (Moderated by Mr. Bob Fox, Chair of EABC’s Digital Economy/ICT Working Group), all panelists agreed that the one single bit of regulatory development would be standardized treatment of data. The panel walked through issues using a structured, three layer approach.

The Finance panel , Chaired by Dr. Kirida Bhaopichitr of TDRI examined public finance, PPP and ways of financing an ageing society.

Mr. Jan Eriksson, Vice President of EABC, made the closing remarks, including noting the long-term view of European business.

Thanks were offered to the co-organisers, including the EABC team which provided much to the success of the Summit. The 8th Summit is planned for Vietnam in 2020.

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