Breakfast Briefing: “How Myanmar’s past has caught up with its future – Politics, the forthcoming election and beyond”

Vriens & Partners held breakfast briefing titled “How Myanmar’s past has caught up with its future – Politics, the forthcoming election and beyond” by Dr Richard Cockett.

Dr Richard Cockett, long time Southeast Asia correspondent for The Economist and author of Blood, Dreams and Gold, a new study of Myanmar, talked about the country’s forthcoming election and the prospects for the country in the months afterwards. Taking a historical approach, he shows how colonial rule, and the military’s reaction against that rule after independence, provoked and shaped the conflicts and divisions that continue to dominate the country’s politics to this day.  The election, and its aftermath, will be considered in this long-term perspective.

The briefing was held at Amcham Singapore on October 30, 2015.


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For more than a decade, the ASEAN Business Outlook Survey has been the key barometer of U.S. business sentiment in Southeast Asia. Executives from both American and foreign enterprises as well as thought leaders from governments, academia, and non-government organizations across ASEAN rely on the survey to understand the opportunities and challenges for American businesses across the region.

2015 is a watershed year, as ASEAN will usher in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). This will not be the end of the process of regional economic integration, but marks an important milestone along the way. The AEC will bolster ASEAN’s attractiveness to investors within and outside the region, will boost trade, and will promote increased competitiveness. At the same time, ASEAN’s pursuit of preferential trade agreements with other major trading partners through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and other negotiations, complements the AEC.

This session will cover the results of the 2016 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey that will have been released only a few days prior to the panel.  The survey’s editors along with expert panelists on Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, and the Philippines will discuss both the results themselves and take a closer look at some of the underlying reasons behind the results.

Vriens & Partners Managing Partner, Hans Vriens, will be giving his insights as one of the panelists together with Fraser Thompson, Director, AlphaBeta and Steve Wilford, Director at Control Risks Group for this event.

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Breakfast Briefing: “Brunei – How sustainable is the welfare monarchy?”

Governed by an absolute monarchy, Bruneians today nonetheless enjoy a high level of social protection and rule of law. But questions loom in the middle- and far-term. When the natural gas runs out, can Brunei replace hydrocarbon rents with earnings from its sovereign wealth fund? Can Brunei afford the high level of social support that makes it a “welfare monarchy”? And what will be the impact of the implementation of an Islamic penal code for the first time in the Sultanate’s history?

Noted French academic Marie-Sybille de Vienne, author of a new one volume history on Brunei, spoke at AmCham Singapore on June 19 for this event.

Breakfast Briefing: “Myanmar – Yet another critical year ahead”

With elections slated for November, ceasefire negotiations at a critical juncture, and a growing regional crisis around the boat people, Vriens & Partners in Myanmar will take a look at the reforms in Myanmar and their results so far, and will discuss possible outcomes of the country’s first free and fair parliamentary election in decades.

Vriens & Partners Managing Director from Myanmar office, Nyantha Maw Lin spoke at this event held at Amcham Singapore on June 18

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Breakfast Briefing: “Major Developments and Risks around Southeast Asia in 2015”

Vriens & Partners experts from around Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and also from Hong Kong took a closer look at the political and economic developments of these markets and give their views on what to expect and what to watch out for in 2015.

The briefing will also focused on the Asean Economic Community and to what extent it will successfully be concluded by the end of the year. The event was held at AmCham, Singapore on March 27.


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