APEC SME Summit

by Reedz on May 14, 2009

Pics from the APEC SME Summit which took place at the Empire on Tuesday. I missed the entire morning session and was only able to attend the afternoon open forum on Innovation. In my friend Sonia’s words:

The first session was a forum scene-setting that tackled questions like: ‘What is the outlook for the global economy in 2009?,’ ‘What are the implications for small businesses?’ and ‘What strategies can small businesses adopt to cope with uncertainty?’

The discussion was chaired by Brunei Economic Development Board Acting Chairman cum former ABAC member Dato Timothy Ong and led by Valadenz Limited Founding Director (New Zealand) Tony Nowell, Linfox Founder (Australia) Lindsay Fox, Macquaire Infrastructure Group Chairman (Australia) Mark Johnson and Baiduri Bank General Manager Pierre Imhof.

The second session was an open forum discussion on what governments can do to support SMEs and the strategies that can work. This session was moderated by KPMG Brunei partner Shazali Dato Sulaiman and led by Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Dato Paduka Awg Haji Hamdillah bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Singapore Business Federation CEO Teng Theng Dar, CEO of Foreign Trade Association of Peru Patricia Tuellet and Brunei Economic Development Board Assistant CEO Dr Haji Abdul Manaf Haji Metussin.

The forum continued with a luncheon keynote address by Brunei Shell Petroleum Managing Director Dr Grahaeme Henderson, who spoke on how Brunei Shell helps to develop local SMEs.

This address was moderated by CEO of IQ-Quest Company and member of ABAC-Brunei Fauziah Dato Talib.

An open forum discussion on innovation as a source of growth was the fourth and last session of the forum. The discussion was moderated by Asia Inc Forum Director Allen Lai and led by PCCW Ltd Chairman Richard Li Tzar Kai, Entrepreneur in Residence at NUS Enterprise and Managing Partner Accel-X Pte Ltd Edmund Yong, UBD Vice Chancellor Dr Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Acting Managing Director Javed Ahmad.

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Guest May 22, 2009 at 12:12 am

Why the age limit of 30? Seems a bit discriminatory for the youthful sporty 30 pluses out there.

anakbrunei May 23, 2009 at 1:42 am

I agree, the age limit seems discriminatory, but I guess there has to be a cut-off somehow, and the organizers just happen to pick 30 😉 Lets lobby for them to organise one for "youthful sporty 30 pluses out there"! 😉

Guest 2 June 9, 2009 at 2:35 am

Count me in for the lobby 🙂

I don't think there should be any age limit. Just have categories for different age groups! That way everybody who wants to join events of these kinds, can take part …. not only the "youth" but the youthful minded and youthful bodied. Age is but a number! There is a growing proportion of active people in Brunei who are still very fit into their 50s and 60s. (60 is the new 40)! The organizers of this event and similar events should bear this in mind in future.

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