Conference schedule

Day 1 – 12th April

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01:30 am - 02:00 am Online

Opening Remarks

Opening remarks and welcoming of participants to the Think Global Conference

Ranjani Rangan Ranjani Rangan International Trade Council - Chairperson SEA
02:00 am - 02:30 am Online

PHILIPPINES: Make It Happen in the Philippines: Investment Opportunities in the Philippines

The Philippines: Located within one of the world’s fastest growing economies, the Philippines is an ideal investment destination, offering businesses unique access to a large consumer market and excellent trade options both within Asia and beyond. Its business-friendly laws attract international companies into the Philippines and with a government committed to creating a business-friendly landscape. The Filipino workforce: The Philippines is home well-educated, English-speaking, and highly motivated workforce. The country’s young workforce and competitive labor costs are just two more attractions. The Philippine market: Besides the huge domestic market of 110 million people, the country also offers access to the 600 million population ASEAN market and to other key markets through FTA with EFTA, EU GSP+ and US GSP. Key industries for promotion: aerospace, automotive, copper, IT and business process management, and electronics. Opportunities in the horizon: As the Philippines opens the economy, the government is implementing REBUILD (REvitalizing BUsinesses, Investments, Livelihoods and Domestic Demand), an industrial strategy with the goal of building back a better, more modern Philippines. #MakeItHappenPhilippines #REBUILDPH

Rosa Katrina V. Banzon Rosa Katrina V. Banzon Commercial Attaché of the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTIC) in Singapore and in Malaysia
02:30 am - 03:00 am Online

SINGAPORE: Next Wave of Innovation and Gateway to ASEAN

From the world’s large multinational corporations to the fastest-growing startups, Singapore continues to be the partner of choice for businesses. With the rise of Southeast Asia, companies looking to deepen their presence can also leverage Singapore as a base to build consumer insights, innovate and commercialise solutions for the region and beyond. Singapore continues to be a gateway to the region for top MNCs and fast-growing start-ups, with their top decision-makers choosing to call Singapore home. As a global hub for innovation, Singapore has built a vibrant ecosystem featuring global R&D labs for leading Fortune 500 companies, as well as over 150 venture capital funds, incubators and accelerators. With our deep engineering and innovation capabilities, Singapore is recognised as a global leader in high-value manufacturing. We are also the world’s fourth largest exporter of high-tech products.

YC Choy YC Choy Regional Vice President  International Ops (WEU) Singapore Economic Development Board - SINGAPORE
03:00 am - 03:30 am Online

SWITZERLAND: Emerging technologies: Swiss opportunities for foreign investors

In this session you will hear why Switzerland is a preferred location for international companies to test and scale their tech products and services for the European market. It is a playground for startups, academia and corporates to innovate and to collaborate on emerging tech applications. Switzerland’s pioneering and business-minded regulations offer a safe framework for blockchain, AI, drones and other tech ventures to experiment and at the same time protect intellectual property. Find out how Switzerland can help your business grow.

Sirpa Tsimal Sirpa Tsimal Director Investment Promotion at Switzerland Global Enterprise - SWITZERLAND
03:30 am - 04:00 am Online

IRELAND: Your Gateway to Europe

Ireland is a committed member of the EU and provides companies with guaranteed access to the European market. As the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone, it provides the ideal hub for organisations seeking a European base. The brightest talent from across Europe is attracted to Ireland, offering a highly-educated multinational and multilingual melting pot of skills with a positive attitude to match. Ireland has an enviable track record as the European location of choice for many of the world’s leading multinational companies and is also one of the easiest places in Europe to set up your EU operation. Learn why Ireland is your ideal gateway to Europe.

Gerard Whitty Gerard Whitty Director, ASEAN & Taiwan, IDA Ireland - IRELAND
04:00 am - 04:30 am Online

MONGOLIA: Investment Environment and Opportunities in Mongolia

The presentation will cover the active policy measures taken to attract inward foreign direct investment, international and national investment framework capturing the Long-term development policy “Vision-2050” of Mongolia; further highlighting the incentives for FDI and protection of investors; latest statistics of FDI in Mongolia and detailed overview of potential investment opportunities in Mongolia.

Bulganchimeg Bayasgalant Bulganchimeg Bayasgalant Deputy Chairperson in charge of foreign direct investment and multilateral cooperation at National Development Agency - MONGOLIA
04:30 am - 05:00 am Online

BHUTAN: Investment Opportunities in Bhutan

The presentation will cover the following areas: - Brief profile of Bhutan - Why invest in Bhutan? - Business opportunities - Incentives and business environment

Tashi Dorji Tashi Dorji Dy. Chief Industries Officer, Foreign Direct Investment Division, Department of Industry, Ministry of Economic Affairs - BHUTAN
05:00 am - 05:30 am Online

MAURITIUS: Re-engineering Regional Value Chain

Explore opportunities in Mauritius as the ideal Trade and Investment platform linking Africa to the World. Through bilateral and multilateral agreements, Mauritius offers very efficient market access to 70% of the world population. Mauritius is ranked 13th in the world and 1st in Africa for Ease of Doing Business. Over the years, Mauritius has consolidated its leadership position as a competitive and attractive jurisdiction for Investment and for Trade and Development in Africa.

Geerish Bucktowonsing Geerish Bucktowonsing Director – Industry Sector, Economic Development Board - MAURITIUS