Business Missions

EABA business missions are one of our key activities that offer opportunities for small delegations to have quality face-to-face time with the leading business leaders, policy makers and governments in the ASEAN region, allowing members to inquire about industry specific issues and developments at the highest levels. Mission destinations are chosen by the members of the EABA on an annual basis.

Thailand (September 5 to 7, 2018)

Over the last 40 years, Thailand made progress in social and economic development as it moves from a low-income country to an upper income country. In 2017, Thailand has laid out its long-term economic goals in its 20-Year National Strategy for attaining increase growth which has lagged its regional neighbours over the past few years.

With a new constitution and electoral system in 2017 and a general election scheduled for this upcoming November, 2018 is going to be an important year for Thailand. The EABA mission will allow participants to gain insights into the resumption of electoral politics of Thailand and to meet with high-level key policy makers to learn more about regulatory trends, and policy initiatives.

Malaysia (October 23 to 25, 2018)

Join us when the EABA visits Malaysia on October 22 to 24 to gain a better understanding some of these major policy decisions that are being made in the early days of the new government and what the new Malaysian government wants to do next.

Malaysia’s 14th General Election in May 2018 saw an unprecedented change of government, ending UMNO’s 61-year rule since independence in 1957. Following his appointment as the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had made major political decisions, most notably freeing his former political rival turned ally, Anwar Ibrahim who was imprisoned in 2015. Mahathir had also promised to restore democratic institutions, in a scale perhaps not seen before in recent years in Southeast Asia.

More importantly the Mahathir administration had also made decisions that could potentially impact the business environment in Malaysia. The government had zero-rated the consumption tax, which was projected to contribute almost one-fifth of the national revenue and he had also reinstated fuel subsidies and review major infrastructure projects launched by his predecessor Najib Razak.�

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Vietnam (November 27 to 29, 2018)

Two years has passed since the 12th Vietnamese Communist Party Congress and the swearing in of a brand-new government, ushering in a change in the country’s top leadership.

Pledging to improve Vietnam’s business environment, the Government continues to pursue a series of administrative reforms on the back of a steady above-six-percent growth. It also faces numerous developmental challenges, including a massive fiscal deficit, a still-bloated state sector and the lingering impact of a series of environmental disasters, all of which will test the dexterity and resolve of the new administration.

A year after Vietnam’s hosting of APEC 2017, EABA will convene a special delegation to meet with senior Vietnamese officials and policymakers. This delegation will seek to learn more about the new government’s reform agenda as well as the opportunities and challenges facing one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies.