APCAC Business Summit 2019

Hong Kong | 3 - 6 March 2019

The Future of U.S. Trade and Investment in Asia

Asia's continued rapid development has made the region the biggest engine of the global economy and has presented enormous opportunities for American multinational businesses. Against this backdrop of potentially seismic shifts in the world economic and political order, more than 300 top business and political leaders from around Asia and the U.S. will gather in the vibrant heart of Hong Kong's financial and business district for the 2019 APCAC Business Summit. 

The 2019 APCAC Summit will be a crucial event for industry leaders to analyse new developments and adapt to the new and unpredictable trading climate. Under the theme of “The Future of U.S. Trade and Investment in Asia”, discussion topics will span the entire spectrum of modern commercial and business concerns, including:

  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy
  • U.S. Businesses in Asia
  • Disruptive Tech
  • The Longevity Transformation
  • Young Entrepreneurs
  • The Future of Finance in Asia
  • The Belt and Road Initiative
  • Smart Cities
  • Supply Chain
And many more.

Have your questions answered and create meaningful connections via a host of networking events, panels, and keynote speeches scheduled across the two days.

Join AmCham Australia's CEO, April Palmerlee, as she leads an Australian delegation to interact with other Asia Pacific AmChams and attend special VIP events.


Asia's New Geopolitics: Keeping a Robust and Sustainable U.S. Presence

A broader theme that cannot be ignored is the ongoing geopolitical tensions and negotiations. How can businesses navigate the new landscape to ensure a long-term future in the region? Several of the panel discussions will be geared towards the impacts of international trade action.

The Economic and Industrial Vision of U.S. Investments

Asia's digital transformation in the last few years has been nothing short of revolutionary, offering numerous opportunities for foreign investment. Meanwhile, brick and mortar infrastructure is as important as ever in maintaining domestic growth. Trends and challenges in emerging sectors such as sharing economy, sustainable technology, smart city, and the often-overlooked ageing economy, will be addressed at the Summit. Digitalisation within heavy industry and infrastructure will be another key focus, as speakers attempt to redefine the future of connectivity and cooperation, particularly in light of China's Belt and Road Initiative.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kurt Tong (USCG, HK and Macau)
  • Joe Sousa (President, Asia Pacific, Rockwell)
  • Ramkumar Dhruva (President, Asia Pacific, BASF)
  • Gary Liu (CEO,SCMP)                                                                                         
  • Jon Penrice (President, Asia Pacific, Dow Chemical)
  • Jon E. Huenemann (Vice President for External Affairs (U.S. & International), PMI)
  • Simon Milner (VP, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook)
  • Michael Yates (President, Hong Kong & Taiwan, Procter & Gamble HK Ltd)
  • Francisco A. Aristeguieta (CEO, Asia Pacific, Citigroup Asia)
  • Ambassador Terry Branstad (U.S. Ambassador to China) – *To be confirmed
  • Sir Danny Alexander (Vice President and Corporate Secretary, AIIB) – *To be confirmed
  • Judy Marks (President, Otis) – *To be confirmed
  • Dr. Sonal Desai (CIO, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group) – *To be confirmed
  • Anna Cheung (Chief Executive. Jardine Pacific) – *To be confirmed


The Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) was formed in 1968. Through 29 member chambers, APCAC represents the growing interests of over 50,000 business executives and over 10,000 business entities in 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The APCAC membership manages trade volume of over US$400 billion and direct investments (FDI) of over US$300 billion.

APCAC’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of U.S. business in the Asia- Pacific region. APCAC members combine their resources and knowledge to develop a common understanding of regional issues, problems and concerns facing the American business community in Asia-Pacific. Member chambers communicate on an ongoing basis and gather annually to discuss and adopt positions on priority issues. A strategy is developed for expressing and giving effect to our opinions on each issue. APCAC identifies organisations with mutual interests and pursues a course of action to disseminate and communicate our positions to relevant governments and other organisations.

For more information or to register your interest as a delegate for the APCAC Business Summit 2019 select the enquiry button above or contact Amie O'Mahony, Government Relations Manager on (02) 8031 9000 or email [email protected].



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