Singapore Regional Business Forum®



Inaugurated in 2015, the Singapore Regional Business Forum (SRBF®) - SBF’s annual signature event - is a high-profile, inclusive, and constructive platform for top business leaders, government officials, thought leaders and policy makers to explore policy development, economic vision, and business and investment-related opportunities in the region 

Approximately 300 prominent speakers and panellists from Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, the United States, the European Union, and beyond have shared their experience and expertise on various business-related topics in the past six editions of SRBF®. The sessions were attended by close to 5,000 participants from over 60 countries either physically or virtually. Almost three quarters of the participants were C-suite & senior management level. 


    SBF will be taking SRBF® to the region for the first time and this inaugural overseas edition of SRBF® will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam. 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of bilateral relationship and 10th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between Singapore and Vietnam.

    In the economically dynamic Southeast Asian region, Vietnam stands out as a rising star with abundance of opportunities for the global business communities. The choice of Vietnam also reflects the importance Singapore places on growing our bilateral relationship, especially in expanding business cooperation to new growth areas such as the digital economy, cyber security, clean energy, sustainable development, and smart cities.



    Strengthening Regional Collaboration for Sustainable Growth

    The theme of the one-day forum is “Strengthening Regional Collaboration for Sustainable Growth”, and will comprise four plenary sessions, dialogues with political office holders and business matching/networking sessions. More than 500 participants including top business leaders and senior government officials from over 30 countries are expected to attend the event.

    Enhancing Regional Collaboration for a Sustainable Future Exploring Regional Sustainability Opportunities for Investors Tech Innovation in ASEAN’s Digitalisation Development  The Future of Human Capital - Evolution of Work, Workforce and Workplace



    Date: 7th July 2023 (Friday) 

    Venue: Grand Ballroom
                Meliá Hanoi Hotel
                44 P. Lý Thường Kiệt, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam


    Vietnam Time
    (GMT +7)
    0830 Registration and Morning Reception

    Welcome Address

    Mr LIM Ming Yan
    Singapore Business Federation

    Opening Keynote by Guest-of-Honour

    Dr TAN See Leng
    Minister for Manpower &
    Second Minister for Trade and Industry
    Republic of Singapore 

    Opening Keynote by Guest-of-Honour 

    H.E. PHAM Minh Chinh
    Prime Minister
    The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
    1020 MOU Signing and Launch Ceremony

    In Conversation with Ministers:

    Enhancing Regional Collaboration for a Sustainable Future


    2023 presents a dynamically different operating environment of emerging opportunities and new challenges. As the world learns to live with COVID-19, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and factious US-China relations have dampened global business outlook. To avoid slipping into further polarisation, there is an urgent need for regional governments and businesses to reconnect and renew regional partnerships to achieve a sustainable future.

    This In-Conversation segment with Ministers looks into both the tensions and prospects to build a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable future for the region. The panel will also explore ways to enhance partnerships in order to unlock these shared aspirations. From energy transition to digital interoperability, how can we catalyse and bring both public and private sectors closer together?

    Dr TAN See Leng
    Minister for Manpower &
    Second Minister for Trade and Industry
    Republic of Singapore 

    H.E. NGUYEN Chi Dzung 
    Ministry of Planning and Investment 
    The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    Mr KOK Ping Soon
    Chief Executive Officer
    Singapore Business Federation

    Panellists (in alphabetical order of surname):
    Mr Federico DONATO
    Immediate Past President
    European Chamber of Commerce Singapore

    Mr S.S. TEO
    Executive Chairman
    Pacific International Lines

    Dr TRUONG Gia Binh
    FPT Corporation
    1200 Luncheon Keynote by Special-Guest-Speaker

    Mr NGUYEN Sinh Nhat Tan
    Deputy Minister
    Ministry of Industry and Trade
    The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
    1245 Networking Luncheon

    Plenary 1: Exploring Regional Sustainability Opportunities for Investors

    Sustainable practices are becoming mainstream in businesses today, demanded by a multitude of stakeholders including shareholders, customers, regulators, and employees. Decarbonisation, circularity, and green financing are examples of how sustainability is being operationalised at scale.  New opportunities are emerging in areas such as clean energy, waste and resource management, and capital markets, from both demand and supply perspectives.

    This panel brings together business leaders from different industries to discuss how investors can participate in such opportunities in the region, while at the same time exporting their experiences from more mature markets to advance the green transition.

    Ms Jennifer TAY
    Infrastructure Leader
    PwC Singapore

    Panellists (in alphabetical order of surname):

    Mr Glenn HUGHES
    Country Head
    LOGOS Group Viet Nam

    Mr NGUYEN Quang Vinh
    Vice President, Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Chairman, Viet Nam Business Council for Sustainable Development

    Mr ONG Kim Pong
    Regional Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia
    PSA International

    Ms Sharon TAY
    Chief Executive Officer
    Keppel Asia Infrastructure Fund

    Plenary 2: Tech Innovation in ASEAN’s Digitalisation Development 


    Tech innovation has transformed the way we interact and how we consume goods and services. Within the Infrastructure lifecycle, the application of technology like digital twin, IoT, and AI has improved implementation and boosted efficiencies. In the transport and energy space, emerging solutions are enabling better management of carbon footprint, improving safety, and facilitating predictive maintenance, thereby providing transparency to the whole lifecycle of infrastructural development.

    This panel looks at the upside and untapped potential of infra-tech and what its outlook may be as part of Southeast Asia’s future. The panel will also discuss the areas of tech application and how to reap significant returns of investments from them.

    Mr Edward CLAYTON
    PwC Viet Nam

    Panellists (in alphabetical order of surname):

    Ms Lesly GOH
    Senior Technology Advisor
    World Bank Group

    Dr Thai-Ha LE
    Managing Director
    VinFuture Prize

    Mr Sam LIEW          
    Managing Partner, Gov+
    NCS Pte Ltd 

    Mr Shannon LUNG
    Head of The Finlab
    UOB Group

    Mr Austin MENYASZ
    Head of Government Affairs, Southeast Asia

    Mr Pranav SETH
    Chief Digital Officer

    Plenary 3: The Future of Human Capital - Evolution of Work, Workforce and Workplace


    The future of work and ways in which we operate are evolving rapidly. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, smart manufacturing and automation will significantly shape workplaces just like how mechanisation has done in the industrial revolution. Some jobs will be lost, and new ones will be created, but almost all jobs will change in one way or another.

    This panel unpacks ways that the pandemic has accelerated macro trends and compelled organisations to re-evaluate many aspects of work including the location, composition, and skill stock of their workforce. The panel will also discuss how organisations may better invest in reskilling and repurposing their workforce for manpower resilience. 

    Mr Albert TSUI
    Executive Director, Advocacy & Policy Division 
    Singapore Business Federation

    Panellists (in alphabetical order of surname):
    Mrs DINH THI Quynh Van
    PwC Viet Nam

    Mr Albert LIEW
    Managing Director, Singapore & Indochina 

    Mr Vu-Quan NGUYEN-Masse
    VP Culture, ASEAN

    Mr David John WHITEHEAD
    Chairman, Mavin Group
    Vice President, Auscham Viet Nam

    Concurrent Sessions: 

    • Presentation on Business Landscape and Investment Opportunities (Provincial Level) 
    • Business Matching 
    1800 Business Networking Cocktail Reception

    *subject to change



    The forum attracted over 700 top business leaders, senior government officials, policy makers, and diplomats from 60 countries and economies attending physically in Singapore. More than 400 participants joined the forum from all over the world virtually through a digital platform.


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