DATE: 25 September 2018

TIME: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

VENUE: Menara CIMB, KL Sentral, Malaysia

TOPIC: Progress, priorities and challenges of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

Sharing his insights on:

  • Outcome of 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting
  • Progress and challenges of ASEAN integration efforts and implementation status of the AEC 2025 Blueprint
  • What to expect at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in November?
  • Growing fears of protectionism – What is AEC doing to ease the fears?
  • Steps taken by AEC to push ASEAN members states to reduce Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB)


​​Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo Deputy Secretary-General ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo is the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). His term started in 2018 and will end in 2021. Steered by the ASEAN Charter, Dr. Rillo assists the Secretary-General of ASEAN by guiding and synthesising the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and lead AEC Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. He also provides strategic policy counsel to push ASEAN’s economic integration agenda.

Dr. Rillo hails from the Philippines and took over the position from Dr. Lim Hong Hin. Prior to accepting the job in AEC, he was the Senior Economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, Japan where he designed and administered capacity building training and policy dialogue on development issues.

This is the second time that Dr. Rillo will work at ASEAN Secretariat. From 2008 to 2013, he served at the ASEAN Secretariat as Head of Finance Integration Division (2008-2010) and Director and Chief Economist, ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office (2010-2013). During those periods, he headed the implementation of regional economic surveillance and integration monitoring in ASEAN.

Dr. Rillo holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii. He has written and published journals and reports on the ASEAN economy and broader economic and finance issues.


​​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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