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Asia-Europe Business Forum 2018

Connectivity - Building bridges between Europe and Asia

The Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF) brings together business leaders from Asia and Europe who share the goal of strengthening trade and investment relations between the two continents. The AEBF traditionally convenes in parallel with the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) and is an ideal platform to engage with political leaders from both regions and communicate to them concrete ideas on how to tackle today's and tomorrow's challenges and boost economic growth, development and job creation across the two continents.

The 16th AEBF taking place in Brussels on 18 October 2018 is organised by BusinessEurope. As reflected in the title “Connectivity – Building Bridges between Europe and Asia”, the core theme of this year’s AEBF will be the role of businesses in increasing links between Asia and Europe in view of the present political, economic and technological challenges. Keynote addresses by political leaders will highlight the importance of connectivity for the relations between the two regions while two panel discussions between European and Asian business executives will focus on the role of enterprises in building bridges between the two continents and in responding to global technological challenges.


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08.00 - 09.00 Registration
09.00 - 09.15

Opening session

  • Pierre Gattaz, President of BusinessEurope
09.15 - 09.45

Keynote address

  • Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary-General (confirmed)
  • Pavel Telička, Vice-President, European Parliament (confirmed)
09.45 - 10.45

Panel 1 - What does business need from ASEM governments to respond to future challenges?

including topics such as: innovation, digitalisation, skills shortage and education

  • Robert Schoellhammer, Representative for Europe of Asian Development Bank
  • Thanh Do Tran, General Director of T & T Liquefied Power and Gas Company
  • Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope
  • Lars Brückner, Director of EU Public Affairs, NEC Europe
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 11.30

Presentation of the EU Connectivity Strategy

  • Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport (confirmed)
11.30 - 12.30

Panel 2 - What is the role of business in building bridges?

including topics such as: trade, infrastructure, sustainability, connectivity

  • Ramkumar Dhruva, President Asia Pacific of BASF
  • Aleksey Grom, President of Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA)
  • Maxim Donde, Vice-President for Petroleum Products Sales of Lukoil
  • Manuel Pauser, Senior Director Global Government Affairs, adidas
12.30 - 13.15

Keynote address

  • Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister of Vietnam (confirmed)
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway (confirmed)
13.15 - 14.30 Networking lunch

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To learn more about speaking opportunities, please contact the organisers.
Tel.: +32 2 237 6524 - email

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The price per ticket is EUR 115.82 (fees and VAT included). To register, please click this link: you will be redirected to a secured website.

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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the organisers.
Tel.: +32 2 237 6524 - email

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The Asia-Europe Business Forum 2018 will take place in:
Egmont Palace
Place du Petit Sablon 8 bis
1000 Brussels

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Last updated: 19 October 2018