The Business Summit

ASEAN embodies opportunity. In less than two decades, ASEAN’s combined GDP has more than doubled, accompanied by rapid growth in consumer spending, urbanisation and internet penetration.

Between 2012 and 2020, the ASEAN middle-class will more than double, from 190 million to 400 million people. The cities of Southeast Asia are booming, with more than 90 million people expected to move to urban areas by 2030.

Australia has much to offer this dynamic region and now is the time for Australian businesses to focus on our nearest neighbours and contribute to the once-in-a generation opportunity the ASEAN region offers. 

The Business Summit will help Australian and ASEAN businesses with the know-how and connections needed to strengthen our economic partnership. It will be comprised of three events over two days, including a CEO Forum, SME Conference and a Women in Business Breakfast.



It will provide a valuable forum for the private sector and government to work together to tackle key challenges and drive forward regional prosperity.

The CEO Forum will examine topics vital to deepening economic integration, including agri-business supply chains, infrastructure, digital transformation, future energy, tourism destination development, and aviation. This will culminate in the development of policy recommendations for the Leaders at the Special Summit to bolster the ASEAN-Australian trade and investment relationship.

An SME Conference on 16 March 2018 will foster an essential part of the ASEAN-Australia trade relationship. It will bring together regional specialists, business leaders and successful exporters to share their knowledge and insights with Australian SMEs who are, or are considering, exporting to ASEAN. Delegates who attend the SME Conference will have a unique opportunity to tap into expertise and obtain advice about free trade agreements, government programs and trade facilitation services.

If you need help or have a question about the SME Conference, contact us.

The Women in Business Breakfast on 16 March 2018 will be an opportunity to reinforce the important message that women’s economic empowerment underpins future regional prosperity and stability.

This Business Summit is an important lead-in event to the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, delivered in partnership with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia and the Export Council of Australia.