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Singapore to host RHT ASEAN Summit 2018 to boost sustainable growth

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Indonesia   /   Tue, October 23, 2018   /   11:13 am
Singapore to host RHT ASEAN Summit 2018 to boost sustainable growth . (./.)

In an effort to throw more light on sustainable growth in Southeast Asia, Singapore will host the RHT ASEAN Summit 2018 on Wednesday (Oct. 24) at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center.

The summit, which has theme of  “The Future for ASEAN Economy: Greening for Sustainable Growth”, will bring together sustainability-driven leaders, investors, innovators and professionals across all industries to ignite, initiate and inspire sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives for a green Singapore and ASEAN.

Not just delegates from Singapore, but also diplomats and business leaders from ASEAN and European countries will attend this important gathering.

For example, the Philippines’ leading property developer, Ayala Land, will share its experience in championing sustainable responsible business, as well as insights on the economic outlook and real estate investment in the Philippines.

The guest of honor and the keynote speaker of the summit will be Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources and Health Dr. Amy Khor, who is expected to highlight Singapore’s efforts and directions for businesses to achieve sustainability.

As a further boost to the Sustainable Singapore Climate Action 2018, Minister Amy will witness a mass climate action pledge by 300 delegates and 20 organizations. So far more than 300,000 individuals and organizations have made similar climate action pledges in Singapore.

The Year of Climate action is a Singaporean national campaign to raise public awareness on the need to take collective action to fight climate change and ensure a sustainable living environment for our future generations.

The gathering will mainly focus on sustainability challenges and opportunities in green initiatives to encourage organizations to embrace sustainable practices and values. It will also discuss Singapore’s potential as a green finance hub and blockchain as a game changer in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The summit -- which will be organized this year by RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP -- is already in its fourth year.

“ASEAN will face multiple challenges on sustainable development as it continues to experience significant growth. The RHT ASEAN Summit 2018 is a platform for regional thought leaders to highlight the sustainability challenges and opportunities in green initiatives, in an effort to encourage more organizations to take sustainability seriously,” Azman Jaafar, deputy managing partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, said.  

“Singapore’s position as a major financial and trading hub creates significant potential for local businesses to spearhead sustainability initiatives, which will have a long-term positive impact on ASEAN’s economy, environment and communities,” Azman, who is also the chairman of the ASEAN Plus Group, stated.

The RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP is a Singapore law firm with an extensive international reach, and RHT Academy is a leading provider of transformational training, development and continuing education for legal, governance, risk and compliance professionals and senior executives

During this summit, RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, a charity organization and one of the key sponsors of the gathering, will commission its key initiative called GAIL (Greening ASEAN Initiatives and Leadership) to encourage organizations to embed sustainability into their operating models.

There will be also sustainability workshops -- organized by the summit’s strategic partners Independent Consultants 1920 LLP and Sustainability Consultants 1920 LLP -- for participants during the summit.

The main sponsors of the summit are ASEAN Plus Group and its partner firms from Asia, RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, CMIG International, Taylor Wessing, Automobile Association of Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club and Ayala Land International.

For more information or to attend the RHT ASEAN Summit 2018, please visit rhtacademy.com/asean-summit-2018/