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UBS OneASEAN Conference 2019: ASEAN leads the way as the worlds sweet spot for growth

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Bangkok--20 Sep--UBS

UBS held its 7th flagship OneASEAN Conference in Bangkok for the first time from 16 to 17 September 2019, bringing together 170 institutional investors to discuss the significant growth of the region and momentum of ASEAN markets. It marked the first time UBS hosted its ASEAN investment conference in Thailand, reflecting its increasing role on the global economic stage.

This flagship investment conference attracted influential guest speakers such as Dr Parag Khanna, Managing Partner, FutureMap, Author of 'The Future is Asian', Manu Bhaskaran, Chief Executive, Centennial Asia Advisors, member of the Regional Advisory Board for Asia of IMF and Council Member; Valentin Laiseca, Head of ASEAN Index Coverage, MSCI; Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Executive Director, Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University; Southeast Asia Chair, Asian Views on America's Role in Asia, The Asia Foundation.

From left to right: Jamie Woodward, Country Head UBS Thailand; Yeoh Choo Guan, Head of ASEAN Equities, UBS; Edward Teather, Senior ASEAN Economist, UBS Investment Bank; David Rabinowitz, Head of APAC Market Structure and Beta Solutions, UBS; Tom Ruangrit, Head of Sales Trading and Execution, UBS during the OneASEAN Conference event

Yeoh Choo Guan, Head of ASEAN Equities, UBS said, "ASEAN is poised to be a sweet spot for investors. Today, ASEAN represents the third largest market globally for consumers with a total population of 687 million across 10 countries. This presents infinite opportunities in ASEAN's geopolitical diversity, its infrastructure, consumer and technology sectors here – key areas of transformation which are impacting our world now. Thailand is uniquely positioned as a gateway to the region. This is why I am proud to launch our flagship OneASEAN investment conference here in Bangkok, for the very first time, assembling top local and international investors and listed companies to interact and explore investment opportunities alongside the top minds in our industry".

The conference attracted 170 institutional investors, reflecting strong international interest in Thailand's economy. This landmark conference has been one of the most highly anticipated and prestigious forums for institutional investors and corporate leaders to exchange insights on investment trends and developments in the region.

Jamie Woodward, Country Head UBS Thailand, added, "With the Thai Government pushing forward with their ambitious infrastructure projects and encouraging investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor, we would hope for some growth in foreign direct investment into Thailand. With Thailand at the heart of ASEAN this is why UBS is organizing our flagship OneASEAN conference in Thailand this year. Investors here in ASEAN are able to benefit from our global platform with local knowledge to help them with investment advice and execution."

With the rise of passive investing in ASEAN, David Rabinowitz, Head of APAC Market Structure and Beta Solutions, UBS said, "We are honored to launch our first trading symposium in Thailand today, where we aim to highlight the latest trends and opportunities for investors to benefit in the current market conditions. The rise of passive funds has brought a shift in the trading landscape, including Thailand. UBS is committed to be the liquidity provider of choice in ASEAN for institutional clients as we see a rising trend in passive investing in this region. Through this flagship trading symposium, we aim to be the bridge to our clients, providing them a platform for key market players to exchange global best practices and ideas to develop ASEAN capital markets".

Edward Teather, Senior ASEAN Economist, UBS Investment Bank said, "ASEAN is a vibrant and diverse region economically. ASEAN includes Asia's fastest growing mainstream economy (Vietnam), some of the economies most closely integrated into global supply chains (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam) as well as populous economies with significant potential for development (Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam). While global trade challenges are a drag on regional growth, ASEAN policy makers are well placed to respond with supportive policy. Additionally we see ASEAN as a strong contender to benefit from China's ongoing outward investment and any supply chain relocation as a result of the Sino-US trade dispute."

About UBS

UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. UBS's strategy is centered on our leading global wealth management business and our premier universal bank in Switzerland, enhanced by Asset Management and the Investment Bank. The bank focuses on businesses that have a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital efficient, and have an attractive long-term structural growth or profitability outlook.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in 50 countries, with about 31% of its employees working in the Americas, 32% in Switzerland, 19% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 18% in Asia Pacific. UBS Group AG employs over 67,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).


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