SRBF® Programme

Day One - 15 August 2019
08:00 – 09:00
Registration & Morning Reception
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Address

Grand Ballroom, Level 1


Chairman, Singapore Business Federation
Executive Chairman, Pacific International Lines

09:10 – 09:30
Opening Keynote by Guest-of-Honour

Grand Ballroom, Level 1

Mr TEO Chee Hean

Senior Minister
Coordinating Minister for National Security

09:30 – 10:00
Keynote Speech: Regional Connectivity and Green Imperative

Grand Ballroom, Level 1

Mr JIN Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

10:00 – 10:15
MOU Signing Ceremony

Grand Ballroom, Level 1

10:15 – 10:45
Networking Tea Break
 10:45 – 12:15
Plenary Session

Grand Ballroom, Level 1
Strengthening Collaboration on Regional Projects

ASEAN countries and its neighbouring regions are presented with unprecedented supply-side opportunities to reduce its infrastructure gap. Such opportunities are created due to recent trends such as the trilateral partnership between the US, Australia and Japan in mobilising investments for infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region; the ramp-up of China’s Belt and Road Initiative over the last few years; and Japan’s continued support for infrastructure development in Southeast Asia, amongst others. Considering the above trends, effective collaboration among stakeholders has been identified as one of the key factors for determining project success. Public- and private-sector parties in Singapore and the region have important roles to play in creating ideal platforms for activities such as professional services and financing in cross-border projects. This panel brings together senior representatives from public and private enterprises, multilateral institutions, investors as well as commercial banks from Singapore and the region to discuss how collaboration can be further strengthened to facilitate the success of inbound investments into the region.


Mr HO Kwon Ping

Executive Chairman
Banyan Tree Holdings


Mr BOON Chin Hau

Managing Director
GIC Private Limited

Mr CHU Gang

Chief Operating Officer
China International Capital Corporation Limited

Mr Federico DONATO

European Chamber of Commerce

Mr LIEW Mun Leong

Chairman, Changi Airport Group
Chairman, Surbana Jurong Group

Mr Geoffrey TAN

Managing Director – Asia Pacific
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Mr ZHOU Haijiang

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
HOdo Group

12:15 – 12:30
Luncheon Plenary by Special Guest Speaker

Grand Ballroom, Level 1

His Excellency HONG Xiaoyong

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
The People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Singapore

12:30 – 14:00
Networking Luncheon
14:00 – 15:00
Concurrent Sessions (Part I)

Track 1:  
Grand Ballroom, Level 1

Lubricating the Wheel – Investing in BRI Projects and Project Financing

The financing gap in developing Asia is immense, and while there is an abundance of capital in the market, there has been a mismatch between investment demand and the provision of capital due to issues like project bankability. How do investors and capital providers determine which projects are bankable? Why are some projects able to secure sufficient financing, while others are limited to the feasibility evaluation stage? How effective will new financing sources such as securitisation of project finance loans or green bonds prove to be an alternative financing tool?


Ms TAN Su Shan

Managing Director
Group Head of Institutional Banking
DBS Group


Mr Yaseen ANWAR

Advisory Board, International Monetary Institute, Renmin University, Beijing, China
Senior Advisor, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, (ICBC) Singapore
Former Governor, Central Bank of Pakistan

Mr Rajeev KANNAN

Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking Asia
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Chief Executive Officer
Clifford Capital


Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub
World Bank Group

Track 2:
Millenia 2, Level 2

Dispute Resolution on Regional Projects

With the involvement of multiple counterparties and stakeholders that straddle across different legal jurisdictions, cross-border projects may be susceptible to complicated dispute resolution processes. How can international law firms and arbitration centres in the region work together to establish an internationally recognised dispute resolution process which investors can draw comfort from? This panel will explore the key issues of dispute resolution in regional projects and share Singapore’s experience in the establishment of an international mediation panel with China, which targets disputes arising in BRI projects.


Ms Locknie HSU

Professor of Law
Singapore Management University


Mr Darius CHAN

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP

Ms LIM Seok Hui

Chief Executive Officer
Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Mr William ONG

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Mr TAY Peng Cheng

Partner, Joint Head – Energy, Projects & Construction Practice
WongPartnership LLP

15:00 – 15:15
Networking Tea Break
15:15 – 16:15
Concurrent Sessions (Part II)

Track 3: 
Grand Ballroom, Level 1

Showcase & Implementation of BRI Projects in ASEAN and the Region

Since the implementation of China’s BRI in 2013, numerous infrastructure development projects have been implemented in Southeast Asia and beyond, covering various sectors such as power, water, transport and more. Which are the landmark projects that have been successfully delivered? Can their structures and models be replicated for similar projects in other countries? What are the main obstacles faced in projects and how can they be overcome? What are some pipeline projects and development directions in these target countries? Are there effective ways for local SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to proactively participate in these projects by sharing domestic market knowledge, or team up with larger players to venture abroad? This panel discusses the lessons that can be drawn from past and present projects, as well as explore future business and investment opportunities.


Ms Jennifer TAY

Partner, Capital Projects & Infrastructure
PwC Singapore


Ms Lynn DAI

China Telecom (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd

Mr LIANG Thow Ming

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd

Dr Shahzad NASIM

Group Executive Chairman
Meinhardt Group

Mr TAN Zhiyong

Chief Executive Officer
MCC Singapore

Track 4:
Millenia 1, Level 2

New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor

Under the framework of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstrative Initiative on Strategic Connectivity, the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor is a trade and logistics passage jointly developed by Singapore and the western provinces of China. This passage links and facilitates trade directly between ASEAN countries and western Chinese cities, thereby easing cross-border investments to the hitherto less accessible and developed Chinese regions. This panel discusses the connectivity opportunities abound from this new corridor, which has received participation from China’s western provinces.


Mr TAN Lui Hai

Director (Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Office)
Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore


Mr HAN Baochang

Director General
Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Bureau


Chairman, ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations
Chairman, Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders Association

Ms REN Dongyan

General Manager
China Construction Bank Corporation

Mr Roger TAN

Regional CEO, Northeast Asia
PSA International


Managing Director
PIL Logistics Pte Ltd

Dr Robert YAP

Executive Chairman
YCH Group

16:00 – 17:30
Business Matching and Networking

Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 1

End of Day One – SRBF®
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Updated as of 8th August 2019 and subject to change.