DATE: 31 May 2018

TIME: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

VENUE: Menara CIMB, KL Sentral, Malaysia

TOPIC: ASEAN Economic Community 2018 Priorities and Progress by Datuk Isham Ishak, Deputy Secretary General (Trade), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia

Sharing his insights on:

  • Outcome of the 32nd ASEAN Summit
  • Progress of ASEAN integration efforts and implementation status of the AEC 2025
  • Senior Economic Official Ministers’ priorities in 2018


​​Datuk Isham Ishak Deputy Secretary General (Trade) Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia

Datuk Isham Ishak is currently the Deputy Secretary General (Trade), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia. Previously, he had served in a number division related to international and regional aspects of trade including Trade Facilitation, Strategic Planning, WTO, APEC and ASEAN.

He also had a successful experience of assisting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) while serving as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer in the Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation or SME Corp Malaysia. In addition, Datuk Isham spent 5 years in the United States as the Minister Counselor of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia in Washington D.C.

Datuk Isham has had the opportunity to serve the Minister of International Trade and Industry as the Special Officer to the Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz of MITI from 2003 to 2006, and the Special Officer to the Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Based on Datuk Isham’s immense experience yet youthful ideas, he is actively involved as a Steering Committee (SC) for National Interest Analysis on Malaysia’s involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). He was also the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the TPP and currently the Chief Negotiator for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN, China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.


​​Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute President, ASEAN Business Club

Tan Sri Dr. Munir is currently Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, of the Financial Services Professional Board, of ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Malaysia, as well as President of the ASEAN Business Club. He also sits on the board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia and on the Financial Services Talent Council of Bank Negara Malaysia.

He has an extensive experience and is well known in the Malaysian corporate world. He had been the Group Editor of the New Straits Times, first executive chairman of CIMB and founding chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission. After stepping down from the Securities Commission, he became Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Chairman of Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and Non-Executive Chairman of Malaysian Airline System Berhad. He was Founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club, established in 2003 and is a member of the Court of Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management.

Tan Sri Dr. Munir obtained a B.Sc (Econ) and Ph.D in International Relations from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) in 1971 and 1978. He is an Honorary Fellow of LSE and continues the long association with his alma mater as Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy. Tan Sri Dr. Munir is an associate of Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) at LSE.

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