November 4, 2019

Welcome Remarks

Kalin Sarasin
Chairman, Thai Chamber of Commerce

The Indo-Pacific and the Changing Global Trade Landscape: A U.S. Business Perspective

Charles Freeman
Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Opening Address-Royal Thai Government

Jurin Laksanawisit
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce

Keynote Address: United States Government

Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Coffee Break
Expanding Commercial Opportunities in the Indo Pacific

Southeast Asian economies are the fastest growing in the world, with immense opportunity for commercial development. This session will discuss which sectors see growth and how countries can create welcoming environments for companies that are interested in meeting this growing demand.

Panelists include (in alphabetical order):

  • Jay Collins
    Vice Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, CITI
  • Brian Davis
    President for ASEAN, Honeywell
  • Kobsak Pootrakool
    Deputy Secretary General to Prime Minister of Thailand
  • Kimberly Reed
    President and Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

Kasemsit Pathomsak

Deputy Secretary General, Thai Chamber of Commerce

Fostering a Vibrant Digital Economy in the Indo-Pacific

As more people and businesses in the Indo-Pacific come on-line, domestic and international tech companies will be looking to Indo- Pacific nations to foster a free and vibrant digital economy. This conversation will discuss opportunities and challenges for the growth of the digital economy and initiatives to foster a robust digital economy.

Panelists Include (in alphabetical order):

  • Tian Chong Ng
    President, Asia Pacific and Japan, HP
  • Tatsuya Terazawa
    Special Adviser to the Minister, Former Vice Minister of International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan
  • Keith Williams
    CEO, Underwriters Laboratories

Keith Krach
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State

Energy Stability in the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific region accounts for about 60 percent of global energy consumption. The International Energy Agency estimates that over the next two decades, the Indo-Pacific’s demand for electricity will continue to grow dramatically. Strengthening power systems and energy markets to provide reliable, affordable, and diverse fuel supply will help meet this demand. This discussion will explore applying an “all of the above energy” strategy to the Indo-Pacific and how the Indo-Pacific fast-growing economies offer vast opportunities for energy infrastructure investments. The panel will also discuss how initiatives like Asia EDGE and other regional initiatives can help Indo- Pacific region meet this growing energy need.

Panelists Include (in alphabetical order):

  • Nigel Hearne
    President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration & Production
  • Ken Humphreys
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Steven Kobos
    President and Managing Director, Excelerate Energy, U.S.
  • Bundit Sapianchai
    President, BCPG Public Company Limited (BCPG), Thailand
  • Chawalit Tippawanich
    President and CEO, Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited, Thailand
  • Moderator
    Sanjayan Velautham

    CEO, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia
Infrastructure Development in the Indo-Pacific

Through 2030, there is estimated to be well over $20T in infrastructure investment to meet the growing needs of the countries in the Indo-Pacific. This discussion will focus on where those needs are, how companies can fulfill those needs, and what tools governments can use, like the Infrastructure Transaction Assistance Network, to help bring in that investment.

Panelists Include (in alphabetical order):

  • Thomas R. Hardy
    Director (Acting), U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
  • Kanit Sangsubhan
    Secretary General, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand (EEC)
  • Christopher Smith
    Senior Vice President, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Cheniere
  • Wouter van Wersch
    President & CEO, GE ASEAN, Singapore
  • Moderator
    Alexander Feldman
    President & CEO, US-ASEAN Business Council
Coffee Break
Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific

With immense development needs in the Indo-Pacific as described in the previous sessions, both public and private sector can play an important role in fulfilling this gap. This discussion will focus on how governments are helping identify bankable projects and catalyze private sector investment. Discussants also highlight how initiatives such as the new U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and ACMECS Fund will be able to help play a role toward this end.

Panelists Include (in alphabetical order):

  • David Bohigian
    Executive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), U.S.
  • Boonchai Charassangsomboon
    Inspector General Ministry of Finance, Thailand
  • Tadashi Maeda
    Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Richard Maude
    Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Moderator
    Bonnie Glick
    Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Financing in the Indo-Pacific

Private sector solutions to the growing demands of Indo-Pacific countries are driven by access to finance. This discussion will touch on how financing enables private sector development and how countries can address the top concerns of financiers looking to support projects in the region. This conversation will include senior U.S. and Asian investment banks, venture capital representatives, and government representatives.

Panelists Include (in alphabetical order):

  • Christopher Huang
    Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific Power, Utilities, Infrastructure and Industrials, Morgan Stanley
  • Sachin Shah
    CEO of Asia Pacific, American International Group (AIG), Singapore
  • Mitchell Silk
    Acting Assistant Secretary, International Markets and Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Patchara Samalapa
President, KASIKORNBANK PCL, Thailand

Concluding Remarks

Gregory Bastien
President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM)

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This event is being made possible through the generous support of the United States and Royal Thai Governments.