This month, leaders from every sector will be meeting for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, with a focus on the innovation needed to propel the region through the next phase of its growth. From tech unicorns to tensions in the South China Sea, the biggest opportunities and obstacles ahead will be on the agenda in Ha Noi, Vietnam.
The meeting will take place from 11-13 September in Ha Noi, Vietnam.
A record number of heads of state from the region are expected this year. The full list of ASEAN heads of state or government who have confirmed so far are:
· Cambodia: Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen
· Indonesia: President Joko Widodo
· Laos: Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
· Malaysia: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
· Myanmar: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi
· Singapore: Prime Minister Lee Hsien-Loong
· The Philippines: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
· Vietnam: Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
The future of work will be a big topic. In ASEAN, the labour force is forecast to expand by 11,000 workers every day for the next 15 years. At the same time, industrial robots already out-compete low-skilled manufacturing labour; artificial intelligence threatens ASEAN’s service jobs; and self-driving vehicles are hitting the road in South-East Asia.
Geopolitics, innovation, entrepreneurship, trade and inclusive economic growth will also be high on the agenda.