Investment Opportunities in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar

DATE(s):
15
Sep
VENUE:
Ballroom, New World Makati Hotel

Membership Meeting & Forum

At the dawn of ASEAN Economic Integration by end of 2015 it is the best time to consider the business opportunities offered by the dynamic economies Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Natural resource development in Lao PDR has helped the country achieve consistently high economic growth rates throughout the last decade. Real GDP growth will average 7.6% a year in 2015-16, supported by rising exports of tourism services and recent developments in agriculture, hydropower and mining. Construction is booming and the garment industry is expected to see an export growth as the previous years.

Cambodia continues to enjoy robust growth as well according to a report of the World Bank. Real growth in 2014 is estimated to have reached 7%. The garment sector, together with construction and services, in particular finance and real estate, continues to propel growth.

Myanmar is currently in a triple transition - from an authoritarian military system to democratic governance, from a centrally directed economy to a market-oriented economy, and from 60 years of conflict to peace in its border areas. These transitions have the potential to create opportunity and for the country to resume its place as one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. Since 2011, the government has embarked on an ambitious economic, political and governance reform program.

Myanmar’s economy is estimated to have grown by 8.3% in FY2013/14, driven mainly by construction, manufacturing, and services. The economy is projected to expand further by 8.5% in FY2014/15, led by gas production and investment.

Recent developments in these three countries show that there is also a good business potential for European companies. Hydropower, tourism, garment industry, environmentally friendly CDM projects, food technology are just a few examples of successful European business activities.

AGENDA:
8:00 - 8:30 Registration and breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome Remarks
8:45 - 9:15 Doing Business in Laos Dr. Ramon Bruesseler
Executive Director, ECCIL
Laos Business Legal Framework Mr. Raymond Alikpala
Legal Advisor and Head of the Sciaroni & Associates Laos Practice Group
9:15 - 9:45 Doing Business in Cambodia Ms. Ratana Phurik-Callebaut
CFA - Executive Director, Eurocham Cambodia
Cambodian Business Legal Framework Mr. Jude O Campo
Tax Regional Director & Cambodian Head of Tax Practice, DFDL
9:45 - 10:15 Doing Business in Myanmar Mr. Damien Boucard
Head of Project, Eurocham Myanmar
Myanmar Business Legal Framework Mr. Jude O Campo
Tax Regional Director & Cambodian Head of Tax Practice, DFDL
10:15 - 10:45 Open Forum
10:45 - 12:00 B2Bs

For confirmations and more information, please contact Anna Rivera of ECCP at 845 1324 or anna.rivera@eccp.com.