ASEAN Forum 2019 was brought to you by SEA CAPE in partnership with the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council and AUT

The ASEAN Forum 2019 took place on 17 September 2019 at Auckland University of Technology and took a snapshot of our relationship with ASEAN now, as well as looking forward at the possibilities of future potential and development in this dynamic region.

SEA CAPE also funded fifteen tertiary students from across New Zealand to attend the forum.


The morning keynotes set an overview of the ASEAN - NZ political and economic relationship, and how that impacts on the business we do. The afternoon sessions delved deeper into the sub themes of Digital Connectivity and Diversity. The Digital session looked at NZ businesses operating across and in ASEAN in an ever-changing digital environment. The Diversity theme examined how NZ businesses can make more of the opportunities of diversity to impact and improve on our ASEAN trade. 


Attendees at this wide-ranging Forum learned about

  • ASEAN's place in the changing global world
  • Opportunities arising from ASEAN's current needs and ambitions
  • The digital drivers specific to ASEAN and those connecting to NZ business
  • The opportunities for NZ business to engage with the diverse ASEAN diaspora in NZ
  • The practical tools to be more effective in ASEAN
  • Overcoming barriers to trade, especially for SMEs

The ASEAN forum boasted a full day of keynote addresses by experts from ASEAN and New Zealand such as; Hon Nanaia Mahuta (Minister for Māori Development and Minister for Local Government), Natasha Hamilton-Hart (AUT), Dr Susan P Chen ( GoJek), Euan Howden (Education New Zealand), Nikora Ngaropo (NNMD) and SEA CAPE's director Siah Hwee Ang.

The day concluded with a celebratory networking function where there were plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with the day's speakers and attendees.

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