Finally, by lunch time our technical problem was solved. Thank you to the organising committe for sorting the problem out. The luncheon keynote address was presented by M.S. Hidayat, Indonesian Minister of Industry. Excellent lunch and an excellent keynote speaker (and ID card in our hands), we could not ask for more. Minister Hidayat highlighted some of the key issues regarding sustainability, connectivity and inclusive growth that the ASEAN government and business communities through discussion at this summit should focus on.
The parrallel sessions on building an interconnected ASEAN Economic Community presented some of the leading names in the business communities as well as political figures. It was hard to choose which one should be attended. The GoLive Indonesia Representative (GIR) decided to attend the session on Capitalising ASEAN Connectivity. One particular reason was the idea of ASEAN connectivity seems to be quite broad and it is not clear what it refers to despite the fact that the ASEAN has already distributed a 91-page document explaining what this is about.
Sitting as the panelists include Jakob Friis Sorensen (Chairman of EU-ASEAN Business Council), David Lee Carden (US first resident Ambassador to ASEAN), Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva (President of Civil Aviation of Embraer), Sam Moon Thong, President (Indonesia, Malaysia & Myanmar) of Keppel Land International), and Emirsyah Satar (CEO of Garuda Indonesia / Vice Chairman of APINDO).