FMG CEO Mr Devadas Krishnadas was invited to be a speaker at Singapore International Chamber of Commerce’s (SICC) Distinguished Speaker Series, held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on 25th October.
SICC Chief Executive Mr Victor Mills and SICC Deputy Chairman Mr Uttam Kripalani graced the event. Mr Kripalani also served as the moderator for this session.
The event consisted of a keynote address about the strategic choices that ASEAN can make in anticipation of the fissures the future holds. Mr Devadas highlighted that “activism or passivity – is predetermined but a choice. In the absence of a consensus on the nature, structure and role of ASEAN, ASEAN will be pushed and poked by future events, thus degenerating its function into irrelevance and losing the prospect of aggregating our political, economic and security authority when it would have been most needed.”
A spirited discussion followed Mr Devadas’ keynote address, with Mr Devadas fielding questions from the audience who sought to hear more on issues ranging from Singapore’s position on the global platform, to how ASEAN countries must put aside their differences to navigate the changing political landscape together as one.