Southeast Asia Megatrends and a Market Update

Posted by: Yvonne Luker - Global Chamber on Monday, July 27, 2020

Global Chamber® was pleased to host top experts covering Southeast Asian markets who shared their perspectives and unique viewpoints as business leaders there. We heard about ongoing mega-trends, how things are changing (or not!) in light of COVID-19, and how companies – both large and small – are faring. We also heard about some market opportunities for growing companies to consider.

Watch and listen to the conversation HERE.

This event was held July 22nd in the Americas and July 23rd in Asia/Australia. Thank you to Kirsty Wilkinson, Director at Global Chamber® Melbourne for pulling this group of leaders together. 

Campbell MacKintosh kicked things off and provided an overview and then a more detailed view of opportunities in Indonesia. One of the highlights here is the new Australia-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement that came into effect on July 5. The agreement focus is on allowing Australian businesses majority ownership in vital sectors such as healthcare, aged care, education, transportation, tourism, energy and mining as well as the eventual elimination of many import tariffs including feed grain, dairy, and hot and cold rolled steel coil products.

Kirsty Wilkinson shared additional overview including the shift of manufacturing from China, and more of a focus on opportunities for companies to expand into the Japanese market. Kirsty's expertise is on Japan and she helps companies succeed there based on decades of experience.

Colin Christie gave a summary on opportunities in the Philippines including technology, fintech, smart cities and infrastructure. The 'Build, Build, Build' program by the government there is opening doors for regional companies to support the development there.

Sam Nangia is an India expert and he shared information about infrastructure and manufacturing opportunities and how it's getting easier to do business there. Sam is based in Los Angeles and works with companies entering India, and helps Indian companies expanding outside as well.

Russell Wiese covered contracts being written across the region in light of Covid-19 how those have changed and evolved.

Listen at the link above our speakers.

  • Campbell MacKintosh - Principal at Focalise Consulting Pty Ltd. - "Indonesia and SE Asia"
  • Kirsty Wilkinson - Founder and Principal at Asia Market Makers; Deputy Executive Director at Global Chamber® Melbourne - "Japan Opportunities"
  • Sumeet "Sam" Nangia, Esq. - Founder and Managing Member at India Global Advisors - "India Opportunities"
  • Colin Christie - Executive Director at Global Chamber® Manila - "Philippines Opportunities"
  • Russell Wiese - Partner, Customs and Global Trade at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers - "Managing Risk and Trade"

00:30 – Q&A Session

01:00 - End

Speaker Bios

Campbell MacKintosh - Principal at Focalise Consulting Pty Ltd. Campbell is a private advisor to business owners assisting them to optimise the performance of their businesses. His wealth of experience comes from working for 30 years in large and medium corporate organisations within Australia and Asia as well as successfully managing, investing in and selling a privately owned SME in 2011. Campbell is a business all-rounder but has particular expertise in strategic sales and marketing, financial management and governance, quality systems and doing business in Asia. He is a passionate and driven person who in his working career has accepted many challenging roles. These roles have included the establishment of a start-up business in Indonesia for BHP as well as the turnaround of the Australasian division of a UK owned business. He has demonstrated that he understands the unique dynamics of doing business in Asia.

He has earned the trust and respect of the people he has had business dealings with in Asia which has allowed him to achieve outstanding results. He has had extensive experience working in Indonesia, China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.In 2016 Campbell published his book “The Asian Opportunity”. The book explores the most common myths that many CEOs and top-level executives have about doing business in Asia. In the book each myth is explained in detail with case studies, stories and strategies for creating long term success in the growing Asian markets. Campbell has an accountancy degree but also has had extensive training in strategic and digital marketing, logistics and operations management. In 2011 Campbell achieved the qualification of Certified CEO (CCEO) from The CEO Institute.

Sumeet "Sam" Nangia, Esq. - Founder and Managing Member at India Global Advisors. Sam is a seasoned Business and Real Estate Attorney, Broker and Business Advisor, including over 15 years of experience working in law firms and major corporations, currently serving as Of Counsel at Gaynor Page Law. He is also the founder and Managing Member of India Global Advisors, LLC, a business advisory firm assisting SME's and multi-nationals in cross-border investments and opportunities between the U.S. and India, with sector strengths in high growth areas : Retail & Franchising - Mature & Emerging Brands, Real Estate | Construction - Retail, Office, Hospitality & Development Projects, Infrastructure, Energy / Renewables, Cutting Edge High-Tech, Sports, Media & Entertainment, Education, Private Capital & Tourism.

Colin Christie - Executive Director at Global Chamber® Manila. Colin Christie is an international consultant, serial entrepreneur, connector and collaborator. He is the Executive Director of the Global Chamber® Manila, which helps member and sponsor companies grow globally. Colin has founded several tech companies, and he has served on corporate boards and as CEO of public and private companies in the USA and Philippines.  He was an early pioneer in the Philippines BPO industry and has worked and lived in Metro Manila for 20 years.  Colin was born in South Africa and raised in Hong Kong and in the USA. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Russell Wiese - Partner, Customs and Global Trade at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers. Russell is a customs and global trade partner at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers with a strong focus on helping importers/exporters proactively manage customs risks and opportunities, such as free trade agreements. Over the past 10 years he has advised on various indirect taxes including customs duty, GST, excise and fuel tax credits. These roles have given him the opportunity to work with internal Government stakeholders, multinationals, individual customs brokers and small-medium businesses. This breadth of experiences helps him not only identify the correct legal answer, but take into account the various other commercial and operational factors affecting clients. More broadly, he assists those involved in global trade with related commercial issues such as drafting agreements, parallel imports, product labelling, disputes between different parties in the international supply chain and regulatory compliance.

Kirsty Wilkinson - Founder and Principal at Asia Market Makers; Deputy Executive Director at Global Chamber® Melbourne. Kirsty Wilkinson is Deputy Director for Global Chamber® Melbourne. In addition Kirsty is Principal and Founder of Asia Market Makers. She founded Asia Market Makers about six years ago to help businesses wanting to export to Japan, teach Japanese language and culture and empower translators and interpreters with the right skill set for their businesses to flourish. Originally from Whyalla, Kirsty has lived in Melbourne  for over 15 years after returning from London and is committed to helping companies be more global and successful with a focus on Japan, UK, Europe and the U.S. She has lived in 3 Australian States and 3 countries (UK, Japan and Indonesia), and travelled extensively.

Education: BA (Advanced Japanese); BBus (International Trade) – Monash University

Boards: Global Chamber® Melbourne

Member: Golden Key International Honours Society, Lions Club of South Vermont

Past Affiliations: BHP Billiton, Allied Domecq Wine,  Holden, Shell

Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®. Doug is an global entrepreneur dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® successfully reach new markets across 525 metros - everywhere! He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is a regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of international groups including the Arizona District Export Council. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah, an EMBA from Michigan State University and 5 patents. Doug was born in Mt. Kisco, New York and now splits time between Scottsdale and Palo Alto. Hear about the Global Chamber® story here.




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