Connect to best practices and investment opportunities in sustainable solutions across Asia Pacific's non-urban regions.

Join the flagship Asia Pacific Business Forum of the United Nations, dedicated to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

How can business find sustainable solutions for the infrastructure and connectivity needs of the non-urban Asia Pacific, where nearly half of our region lives in rural, regional and island environments?

PROGRAM

 

A showcase of current and future business opportunities; best practice case studies.

 

Hear and meet decision makers, business leaders and emerging entrepreneurs committed to sustainable development.

Day 1

Gala Dinner

20 June 2019

19:00

Gala Dinner

Hon. Wera Mori

Minister for Commerce and Industry

Hon. Powes Parkop

Governor of National Capital District (Port Moresby)

PNG Cultural Show


Hilton, Port Moresby

Day 2

Full Day Conference

21 June 2019

08:15

Transport from Airways Hotel to APEC Haus


APEC HAUS

08:30

APBF Registration


APEC HAUS

09:00

Opening Session

Cheng Lei, Master of Ceremony

Anchor for Global Business on China Global Television Network

 

Welcome Statement

Dr. George Lam

President, ESCAP Sustainable Business Network

Opening Address

Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Welcome Speech

Hon. Peter O’Neill

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

 

Keynote Speech on Asia Pacific Sustainable Development

Shasha Ridzam

Group Head, International Policies & Institutions AIR ASIA

Sir Danny Alexander

Vice-President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


APEC HAUS

10:10

Tea and Coffee break


APEC HAUS

10:30

Panel Session 1: Climate and disaster resilience for SMEs: Mitigating and adapting to ensure sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Asif Ibrahim

Vice-Chair, Newage Group of Industries

Alexander Welzl

Pacific Plastic Marine Litter project, Austrian High Level Expert Group on Plastic Marine Litter

Senior Representative

Oil Search


APEC HAUS

11:45

Panel Session 2A: Infrastructure and connectivity game changers

 

Moderator: Nic Coyle, CEO & Executive Director | China-Australia Chamber of Commerce, AustCham China, Beijing

 

Yip Pong

Digital Infrastructure Fund

Lu Jianzhong

Chairman Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce

Simon Lacey

Vice-President, Huawei Technologies

Senior Representative

Dataco

Senior Representative

Highlands Highway Project


Panel Session 2B: Inclusive Business (ESCAP TIID)

Markus Dietrich

Director Asia and Policy – Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN)

Arvind Narula

CEO of Urmatt Group


APEC HAUS

13:00

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding Silk Road Chamber of Commerce and PNG Chamber of Commerce

John Leahy

President, Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce

Lu Jianzhong

Chairman Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce


APEC HAUS

13:00

Networking Lunch


APEC HAUS

14:30

Parallel Session 3A: Best Practice and Emerging Opportunities in Resources and Energy

 

Moderator: Cheng Lei, Anchor | Global Business on China Global Television Network

 

ESCAP Energy Division Rep

Liu Zuming

General Manager, Yunnan ZY Energy Corporation

PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum


Parallel session 3B: Promoting SME value chain integration sustainable agriculture and fisheries

David Davies

Escavox

Kenneth Moore

Chairman Australia China Sustainable Agriculture Partnership and Managing Director, Agribizdesign

Ken Shimizu

Country Director Food and Agriculture Organization


APEC HAUS

15:45

Tea and Coffee break


APEC HAUS

16:00

Parallel Session 4A: Green finance and financial inclusion

 

Moderator: Carson Wen, Bank of Asia

 

Elizabeth Larson

Pacific Financial Inclusion Program

Gunanidhi Das

General Manager, Women’s Micro-Bank Limited

Patrick Cooke

Regional Editor for Asia and the Pacific, Oxford Business Group

Barbara Meynert

eCompany, Finclusion & Small Biz Stock Exchange (AISBX)


Parallel session 4B: Promoting SME value chain integration sustainable tourism

Sela Molisa

Former Member of Parliament, Vanuatu

Prof. Lawal Mohammed Marafa

CUHK

Andrew Olivier

Global Ecovillage Network

Prof. Chalapan Kaluwin

Dean of the School of Natural & Physical Sciences, University of PNG

PNG Tourism and Promotion Authority


APEC HAUS

17:15

Wrap up and way forward: A Strategy for Linking the Pacific to Asia

David Morris

Chair, Asia Pacific Business Forum

Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP


APEC HAUS

18:30

Closing drinks


APEC HAUS

Day 3

Optional Visit: Kokopo

22 June 2019

Kokopo Tourism Hub Plan

Maimai handicrafts presentation

 

Optional field visit, cultural tour and additional business matchmaking opportunities for participants to the prospective sustainable tourism destination of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea.

 

More information on the field visit will be made available to registered delegates.


Rapopo Plantation Resort Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Rapopo Plantation Resort is famous for its 'absolute beachfront' location

Discover the mysterious and ancient tribal practices of East New Britain's people which are still alive today.

Meet and swim with some of Kokopo's famous local dolphins!

Take a solemn journey through the World War monuments

Take some time to visit famous World War 2 relics and delve into a rich historical journey

Meet the Speakers

An exciting line up of experts, regional leaders, influencers and professionals

Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

/ Under-Secretary General of UN & Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP. Prior to the position, Alisjahbana was a...

Shasha Ridzam

/ Group Head, International Policies & Institutions, Air Asia

Shasha joined AirAsia in August 2018 as the Group Head of International Policies and Institutions.   She is...

Dr George Lam

/ President, ESCAP Sustainable Business Network

Dr. Lam has over 30 years of international experience in general management, strategy consulting, corporate governance, direct investment,...

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Airways Hotel, Port Moresby

Kokopo

Solving Plastic Pollution

Vanuatu

Madang Cocoa

Mountain Honey

Amruqa Virgin Coconut Oil

Namalu Coffee

Wlly Resources Development

Why Papua New Guinea?

In 2019 the Asia Pacific Business Forum will come to Oceania for the first time. Papua New Guinea, host of APEC in 2018, is the region's leading resource-rich island economy primed for rapid investment and growth, with ambitious plans for new infrastructure and industry development. With a pristine natural environment and rich cultural diversity including 850 languages, Papua New Guinea is not just a frontier business opportunity but truly the experience of a lifetime. Picture Credit: Hausples

Conrad Gargett

Venue and Contact us

APEC HAUS, National Capital District

EVENT PLACE

APEC HAUS, National Capital District

David Morris

Event Chairman

Heather Lynne Taylor-Strauss

APBF Secretariat, UN ESCAP

Materua Tamarua

Event Manager

Douveri Henao

Content Strategy & Advisor

Zha Agabe-Granfar

Design & Communications Director