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FT Business Regulation Forum

Singapore |
Speakers include:
Dato' Abdul Latif

Dato' Abdul Latif

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Jeremy Beadles

Jeremy Beadles

HEINEKEN Asia Pacific

Mary Elizabeth Chelliah

Mary Elizabeth Chelliah

Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore

Overview

All sectors are regulated in some shape or form. The global regulatory environment is becoming ever more complex with new and updated legislation regularly coming into effect. Growing concerns about environmental sustainability and public health are leading governments to increase oversight and regulation. But despite the many social and economic benefits that regulation brings, it may also have unintended side effects.

As countries across Asia develop their own set of regulations, diversity and fragmentation may add a further burden to businesses seeking to tap the region’s potential. Establishing a constructive and open dialogue between policymakers, industry and regulators remains essential to ensure a net positive result. Are regulatory changes effectively addressing policy goals? How do firms navigate regulatory pressures while striving to grow and enhance performance? Where are the opportunities for collaboration between key stakeholders to ensure consistency and promote harmonisation of regulations and market policies?

The FT Business Regulation Forum: Burden or Benefit? will bring together senior industry leaders, regulators, policy-makers and leading experts for a unique, high level discussion on regulatory demands and their impact on industry. 

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fallback Add to my Calendar 12/08/2016 08:30:0012/08/2016 14:00:00trueFT Business Regulation ForumAll sectors are regulated in some shape or form. The global regulatory environment is becoming ever more complex with new and updated legislation regularly coming into effect. Growing concerns about environmental sustainability and public health are leading governments to increase oversight and regulation. But despite the many social and economic benefits that regulation brings, it may also have unintended side effects.As countries across Asia develop their own set of regulations, diversity and fragmentation may add a further burden to businesses seeking to tap the region’s potential. Establishing a constructive and open dialogue between policymakers, industry and regulators remains essential to ensure a net positive result. Are regulatory changes effectively addressing policy goals? How do firms navigate regulatory pressures while striving to grow and enhance performance? Where are the opportunities for collaboration between key stakeholders to ensure consistency and promote harmonisation of regulations and market policies?The FT Business Regulation Forum: Burden or Benefit? will bring together senior industry leaders, regulators, policy-makers and leading experts for a unique, high level discussion on regulatory demands and their impact on industry. FT-Business-Regulation-Forumb56ef9e60debabeb9873313fe65d05c5MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (12)

Dato' Abdul Latif

Dato' Abdul Latif

Deputy Director General
Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Dato’ Abdul Latif Hj. Abu Seman is currently the Deputy Director General of Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), Petaling Jaya. Under his stewardship, MPC is working closely with the Australian Government Productivity Commission and the OECD in establishing Malaysia’s Quality Regulatory Management System (QRMS) and modernising the country’s business regulations.

Dato’ Latif assumed the position of Deputy Director General MPC in 2010 which also oversees the Department of Regulatory Review undertaking comprehensive review of business regulations. He began his career with MPC as a Training & Investigating Officer in 1984, and had served as Assistant Regional Head of MPC Sabah and a Senior Consultant at the Directorate of Policy Research, MPC HQ. He was made Manager of Best Practices Division in August 2000, Director for Promotion and Joint Venture Division in 2002 and MPC Sarawak Regional Director in February 2005.

Dato’ Latif holds a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Public Administration) from the University of Malaya and a Master degree in Policy Studies from Saitama University, Japan. He attended the Advance Management Programme held at INSEAD, Fointainbleau, France in 2008.  He has vast experience as lead assessor for the Prime Minister Industry Quality Award, Quality Management Excellence Award, the Sarawak Chief Minister Quality Award and the Federal Secretary Award. He is a certified benchmarking instructor by the American Productivity and Quality Council, APO-TES Expert with the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and has extensive network with the Australian Quality Council, Juran Institute, Global Benchmarking Network, Fraunhofer Institute Berlin, and a trained benchmarking consultant by the Centre for Inter Firm Comparison (CIFC), Winchester, England. 

Jeremy Beadles

Jeremy Beadles

Corporate Relations Director
HEINEKEN Asia Pacific

Jeremy Beadles has been Corporate Relations Director for HEINEKEN Asia Pacific since July 2016. He has responsibility for Government Affairs, Internal & External Communications and Sustainability in 23 markets across the Asia Pacific Region.

Previously he was Corporate Relations Director at HEINEKEN in the UK between January 2012 and June 2016. He was responsible for all HEINEKEN UK's internal and external communications, Government relations, sustainability and social responsibility agenda and was a member of the UK Management Team.

Prior to joining HEINEKEN UK he was Chief Executive of The Wine and Spirit Trade Association for 6 years. And before that he was with the British Retail Consortium for five years finishing as the Managing Director. Prior to being appointed Managing Director Mr Beadles was CSR Director with responsibility for all CSR and Sustainability issues and then Commercial Director of BRC Trading, the BRC’s commercial arm.

Mr Beadles qualified as a solicitor and specialised in environmental law with Stewarts in London before joining Blake Lapthorn as an Environmental Lawyer and Consultant in Southampton.

Mary Elizabeth Chelliah

Mary Elizabeth Chelliah

Deputy Director, International Trade Division
Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore

Mary Elizabeth Chelliah is the Deputy Director of the International Trade Division at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) as well as Head (Academic Branch) of the MTI Trade Academy, an appointment she assumed in 2011. She was accorded the title of Principal Trade Specialist in 2012. Ms Chelliah is currently overseeing Singapore’s policies relating to all trade in goods matters concerning the World

Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). From 2006 she was Deputy Director of the APEC Division and was the Chair of the Committee for Trade and Investment (CTI) for the years 2008-2010. During that tenure she was involved in developing what is now known as the APEC Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) agenda. Ms Chelliah has been involved in FTA negotiations since 2002 primarily in the area of Goods (i.e. Market Access, Trade in Goods Disciplines, Rules of Origin and Trade Remedies) and at times Customs related matters. She has been the lead Goods negotiator in Singapore’s FTAs with EFTA, China, Korea, EU, Chinese Taipei, ASEAN-China FTA and the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). She was Singapore’s Chief Negotiator for the Singapore-Peru FTA and is Chief Negotiator for the ongoing review of the Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Ms Chelliah has been involved in WTO matters since her posting to the Singapore Mission in Geneva in 1998. She was Chair of the WTO ITA Committee in 2000. She returned to Singapore in 2002 after the launch of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). Ms Chelliah has also been a WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel member. 

Deevya Desai

Deevya Desai

Regional Head of Public Affairs
Grab

Deevya Desai is the Regional Head of Public Affairs at Grab. She oversees Grab's social impact initiatives and leads research projects that measure Grab's social impact across the region. Prior to Grab, Ms Desai was a lawyer and advised governments on drafting effective policy. She graduated with an MBA from INSEAD.

Deborah Elms

Deborah Elms

Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre

Deborah Elms is Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Dr Elms’ present research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, ASEAN Economic Community negotiations and global value chains. Previously, she was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University. Dr Elms also has provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments, including those of the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan and Singapore. She publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

Chew Phye  Keat

Chew Phye Keat

President
ASEAN Intellectual Property Association

Chew Phye Keat is Management Partner and Head of Intellectual Property & Technology and Head of Corporate & Commercial at the Malaysian law firm Raja, Darryl & Loh. He is a Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Mr Chew is a general commercial and corporate law practitioner with a current focus on competition law and intellectual property (IP) law. Due to his keen interest in IP, he is currently the President of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) and also the President of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA).  The ASEAN IPA is a private sector association comprising IP practitioners and IP owners across the ASEAN region, which promotes the development of IP in the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) and regularly interacts with the IP offices of the ASEAN Member States to promote growth and protection of IP in the region. Mr Chew holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Malaya.

Matt  Kovac

Matt Kovac

Executive Director
Food Industry Asia

Matt Kovac is the Executive Director at Food Industry Asia (FIA), the food industry’s first regional industry platform for major food & beverage companies. He reports to a non-profit board of 18 regional CEOs from multinational food and drink companies.

Mr Kovac, with a dedicated team of 13 secretariat staff, is responsible for delivering impactful policy outcomes in nutrition, food safety and regional trade across Asia through the establishment of multi-stakeholder platforms and capacity building projects on areas related to health and nutrition, food safety, trade liberalisation and regulatory harmonisation. This is done through forging sustainable partnerships with a variety of national associations in the region as well as government agencies, regulators, academia, NGOs and IGOs.

Mr Kovac is a seasoned corporate affairs professional with more than 18 years of experience specialising in stakeholder relations, policy analysis, government relations and journalism.

Originally from the UK, Mr Kovac has spent 13 years in Asia living in China, Taiwan and Singapore. He holds an MBA at the UK’s Lancaster University Management School.

Faisal Naru

Faisal Naru

Senior Economic Advisor, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate
OECD

Faisal Naru is Senior Economic Advisor in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the OECD.  He manages a team that has a wide portfolio that works with public administrations internationally including on regulatory policy and governance, behavioural insights, digital government and ICT, institutional change, regulatory impact assessments and ex-post evaluation. Mr. Naru is also responsible for work in Southeast Asia, MENA and Africa and is responsible for a number of OECD publications and guidelines. He established and is the lead for the OECD Network of Economic Regulators which works with CEOs and Commissioners of regulatory agencies to define a “world class regulator”. The latest work includes how to be an independent body and protect from undue influence.

Mr. Naru is a former member of the UK Cabinet Office and also worked in other Government Departments for several years. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Naru was the Chief Regulatory Advisor with the Government of Vietnam on economic and regulatory reforms. Prior to Vietnam, he set up and was Head of the Policy and Regulatory Reform Practice as well as on the Leadership Board for a global development consultancy working in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe to improve government structures and economic performance. He graduated from the University of Oxford in Mathematics.

Michael  Pulch

Michael Pulch

Ambassador and Head
EU Delegation to Singapore

Michael Pulch is the European Union Ambassador to Singapore. Before his arrival in Singapore in September 2013, Dr Pulch headed the Russia Division in the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, where he coordinated EU policies on Russia and chaired the EU Interservice Group on Russia. Prior to that from 2006 to 2011 he was posted to Beijing as Deputy Chief of Mission of the EU Delegation to China, in charge of EU policies on China and relations with Mongolia.

Dr Pulch entered the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986, serving in the United Nations Directorate, before he was attached to the German embassy in Seoul as political officer. During his posting to Washington as deputy head of the Economic Section he covered economic aspects of security policy.

In 1995 Dr Pulch joined the US Division of the European Commission in Brussels focussing on US foreign and security policy. From 1999 to 2003, he was posted to the EU Delegation in Tokyo, where he headed the Trade and Commerce Section that defines EU trade policy objectives for Japan. As deputy head of the European Commission's East Asia Division in Brussels until 2006 he worked on political and economic aspects of EU relations with countries in the Far East/Australasia region. He also co-authored the EU's first East Asia Policy Guidelines.

Dr Pulch holds degrees in law and political sciences from the universities of Bonn, Paris and Cambridge.

Soh  Kar Liang

Soh Kar Liang

Managing Director
Ella Cheong

Soh Kar Liang is the Managing Director of Ella Cheong. He is also the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulation Committee of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA). Mr Soh practices intellectual property and information technology law. He has represented, guided and supported key client accounts from diverse fields ranging from high-tech microprocessors to consumer food and beverage industries in both contentious and non-contentious matters along the IP value chain. As the first Singaporean appointed as a domain name panellist by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Mr Soh regularly adjudicates on domain name disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy. He is also a domain name panellist of the Regional Arbitration Centre of Kuala Lumpur and a principal mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. Mr Soh is an active participant of various local and foreign professional and business organisations, including serving as Singapore Group of the President of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and Singapore head of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association. He also contributes regularly to professional publications on intellectual property and information technology subjects. Mr Soh is a graduate of the National University of Singapore.

Wan Saiful  Wan Jan

Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Chief Executive
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

Wan Saiful Wan Jan is Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs. He is also Director of the Southeast Asia Network for Development and Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty. In August 2015, he was appointed as a member of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing, following the Prime Minister's announcement to set up the group. In July 2016 he was appointed as a Board Member of the MICCI (Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and a Honorary Adviser with Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is also a member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia; member of the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham’ School of Politics, History and International Relations; a Governor at Rafflesia Education Group; and Chairman of IDEAS Academy, a not for profit learning centre for stateless and refugee children in Kuala Lumpur. He lived in the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2009, where he served several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He is now a columnist for The Star and Sin Chew Jit Poh, national newspapers in Malaysia.  He also writes for several other national and regional press.  His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist.

Yap Lai Peng

Yap Lai Peng

Head of the Competition, Consumer Protection, and IP Division
ASEAN Secretariat

Yap Lai Peng is the Head of the Competition, Consumer Protection, and IP Division at the ASEAN Secretariat since December 2013.  She has also held the position of Head of the Services and Investment Division in the ASEAN Secretariat. Ms Yap has worked primarily on finance and international trade issues, having served previously in the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in Malaysia. Her experience included work on international and national macro-economic trends and developments, development financing, and trade negotiations. Her immediate past experience includes working on competitiveness and competition issues under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme.

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Chaired by (1)

James Crabtree

James Crabtree

Contributing Editor
Financial Times

James Crabtree is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a Contributing Editor at the Financial Times. Until May 2016, he led coverage of corporate India for the FT as Mumbai Bureau chief, having previously worked on the opinion page in London, as Comment Editor. He is now on sabbatical at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, but remains an FT Contributing Editor. Before joining the newspaper, Mr Crabtree was deputy editor of Prospect, Britain's leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas, and he has written for a range of other global publications, from the Economist to Wired. Prior to journalism, he worked as a senior policy adviser in the British Prime Minister's Strategy Unit under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He has also worked at various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in the United States, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Agenda - 8th Dec

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    James Crabtree, Contributing Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote Address

    Dato' Abdul Latif, Deputy Director General, Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

  • 9:40am
    Panel discussion: How are regulatory demands shaping future business?
    • Is business regulation becoming excessive? Are regulatory changes stifling competitiveness or is there room for even tighter regulatory frameworks? What are the alternatives to regulation?
    • How do changes in regulations affect the working environment? Do they generate uncertainty or enable productivity and innovation? What are the operational implications?
    • How can companies adapt their growth and innovation strategies to navigate regulatory changes effectively?
    • What can policy-makers and regulators do to avoid long-term uncertainty and ensure that regulatory changes address policy goals?
    •  Is there enough collaboration and dialogue between key stakeholders at all the stages of the legislative process? Can the consultation process between industry and policy-makers be improved? How can cooperation be strengthened to ensure clarity of rules and process for enforcement?
    • Are there enough mechanisms available to review the impact and effectiveness of regulations and address potential unintended consequences? How can different industries work together and pool their common knowledge to highlight the impact of proposed regulations?

    Jeremy Beadles, Corporate Relations Director, HEINEKEN Asia Pacific 

    Deevya Desai, Regional Head of Public Affairs, Grab

    Michael Pulch, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to Singapore

    Soh Kar Liang, Managing Director, Ella Cheon; and Chair of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulation Committee, International Trade Mark Association (INTA) 

    Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

    Moderator: James Crabtree, Contributing Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Networking Break
  • 11:00am
    On-Stage Spotlight Interview/Keynote Remarks

    Chew Phye Keat, President, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association

  • 11:20am
    Panel discussion: ASEAN regulatory outlook post-AEC
    • What are the prospects for regulatory reform in ASEAN over the coming years?
    • Can policy-makers keep up the momentum for an integrated ASEAN regulatory environment following the launch of the AEC? What member states will set the pace for reform?
    •  Are there sufficient processes in place to assess the efficacy of ASEAN regulations?
    • How does the ASEAN regulatory environment and standards compare with the global regulatory landscape? Can companies ensure compliance with global, regional and local rules?
    • Are developments in the EU and the US triggering new initiatives in the region and vice-versa? What developments can businesses expect in the near future and how can they best develop an effective regulatory strategy to remain competitive?
    • How will trade and investment initiatives like TPP, RCEP and the Belt and Road impact the business environment? What opportunities - and challenges - lie ahead? 

    Mary Elizabeth Chelliah, Deputy Director, International Trade Cluster, Ministry of Trade & Industry Singapore

    Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre

    Matt Kovac, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia

    Faisal Naru, Senior Economic Advisor, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

    Yap Lai Peng, Head of the Competition, Consumer Protection, and IP Division, ASEAN Secretariat

    Moderator: James Crabtree, Contributing Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • 12:30pm
    Lunch

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190 Orchard Blvd
Singapore 248646

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