• 5 PM – 6 PM (UTC – 8)

    Live Opening Ministerial Panel: Accessing Innovation to Re-Open APEC Trade & Markets

    The approval of multiple COVID-19 vaccines has brought renewed hope for a return to normal. However, leading public health experts are now cautioning against relying on vaccinations as the sole strategy for reopening. Timelines for mass inoculation extend as far as the first quarter of 2022 – a date likely to be pushed even further by the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants, like that in South Africa. The longer the wait, the more global economies will atrophy. What business, health and technology innovations are government leaders exploring to supplant their vaccination strategies and more fully reopen APEC trade and markets in the short term? Hear the plan for a speedy, robust and trade-powered economic recovery from some of the APEC economies’ highest political office holders.

  • 6 PM – 6.30 PM (UTC – 8)

    Networking

  • 5 PM – 6 PM (UTC – 8)

    Live Thematic Panel Discussion 1: Re-Opening Global Business Travel

    While digital communications and automation have kept businesses connected over the course of the pandemic, international travel and trade will always be essential to a strong, collaborative global economy. To resume widespread global business travel, transport agencies and local health authorities need ways to certify, authenticate and secure COVID-19 test results, as well as ways to mitigate transmissions while people are in transit. Hear business and health experts present promising new methods to make travel – and particularly airports – reliable touchpoints in international commerce and health security.

        Speakers:

    • Chester Drum, Co-Founder, AOKPass
    • Danny Yeung, CEO, Prenetics
    • Raffie Beroukhim, CXO, NEC Corporation of America
    • Jason Bay, Senior Director, Government Digital Services, Government Technology Agency
    • Moderated by Teo Lay Lim, Chairman, Accenture Singapore

  • 6 PM – 6.30 PM (UTC – 8)

    Speakers’ Booth

    A unique opportunity to engage directly with speakers, as participants get early access to products and pilots guaranteed to support economies in their recovery.

  • 6.30 PM – 7.30 PM (UTC – 8)

    Live Thematic Panel Discussion 2: Digital Transformation of MSMEs

    Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the lifeblood of our economies, representing more than 70 per cent of global employment and more than half of the world’s GDP. However, these same businesses have been hardest hit by the fall-out of the pandemic. To survive, MSMEs have had to embrace digital solutions for front, middle and back office needs – but doing so has never been easy. Hear what programs, supports and resources are ensuring MSMEs have everything they need to compete in a physically distanced world, and how they can continue to grow despite unprecedented challenges.

    Speakers:

    • Diane Wang, CEO, DHgate
    • John Blood, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev
    • Leigh Smout, President, World Trade Centre Toronto
    • Mitchell Pham, Chairperson, Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Moderated by Anna Curzon, CPO, Xero

  • 7.30 PM – 8 PM (UTC – 8)

    Speakers’ Booth

    A unique opportunity to engage directly with speakers, as participants get early access to products and pilots guaranteed to support economies in their recovery.

  • 8 PM – 8.30 PM (UTC – 8)

    Networking

  • 5 PM – 6 PM (UTC – 8)

    Live Thematic Panel Discussion 3: Digitizing Trade and Supply Chain Finance

    For many businesses, a decades-long focus on minimizing costs through supply chain optimization ultimately reduced inventories, removed buffers and limited flexibility. A global shock like COVID-19 exposed these vulnerabilities, leaving businesses unable to absorb disruptions caused by the pandemic and its accompanying recession. Fortunately, new technologies have emerged to keep trade flowing even as supply chains remain restricted. From cross-border e-commerce and digital payments to replacing physical documents with electronic records, ABAC launched the Asia-Pacific Financial Forum Digital Trade Lab to lead research and engagement on digitally enabled trade. Hear from business leaders working with the Lab on how to leverage advanced technologies to make trade simpler, safer and faster.

    • Louise Taylor-Digby, Head of Trade Strategy, The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications
    • Gene Vayngrib, CEO and Co-Founder, Tradle
    • Yoichiro Tsukamoto, General Manager, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.
    • Jesse Chenard, CEO, MonetaGo
    • Moderated by Oswald Kuyler, Managing Director, Digital Trade Standards Initiative, ICC

  • 6 PM – 6.30 PM (UTC – 8)

    Speakers’ Booth

    A unique opportunity to engage directly with speakers, as participants get early access to products and pilots guaranteed to support economies in their recovery.

  • 6.30 PM – 7.30PM (UTC – 8)

    Live Thematic Panel Discussion 4: Funding Sustainable Infrastructure Projects

    Governments around the world are looking to create stimulus packages that address the enormity of COVID-19’s economic impact, which some predict to be a more than 5 per cent drop in global GDP over the next five years. Infrastructure will play a large role in these plans, with its legacy of both immediate economic growth (in job creation and boosted spending) and longer-term growth (in increased accessibility to employment and utilities). Hear what innovative projects are helping significantly reduce the burden such infrastructure takes on our environment, and how we can integrate sustainability priorities in procurement, construction and use.

    Speakers:

    • Robert Niven, CEO and Founder, CarbonCure Technologies
    • Cosette Canilao, President, Aboitiz InfraCapital
    • Jason Chen, Chairman and CEO, Acer Inc.
    • Steve Oldham, CEO, Carbon Engineering
    • Moderated by Tyler Hamilton, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

  • 7.30 PM – 8 PM (UTC – 8)

    Speakers’ Booth

    A unique opportunity to engage directly with speakers, as participants get early access to products and pilots guaranteed to support economies in their recovery.

  • 8 PM – 8.30 PM (UTC – 8)

    Networking

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