Positioning Agribusiness and Forestry for the Future:
Turning Risk into Opportunity

Venue: Online
Date: Tuesday | 25th May 2021
Time: 1400-1710 Singapore/KL Time (1300-1610 Jakarta time)

1400-1405 SGT
1300-1305 WIB


1405-1415 SGT
1305-1315 WIB

Welcome Remarks

1415-1425 SGT
1315-1425 WIB

Opening Keynote

1425-1435 SGT
1325-1435 WIB

Keynote Address

1435-1455 SGT
1335-1355 WIB

Sustainability in the Resource Sector in a Post-Pandemic ASEAN

ASEAN is already experiencing adverse impacts from climate change, and decisive action must be taken to mitigate this. Countries across the region have submitted their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and policymakers are exploring ways to decarbonise while ensuring sound economic development. Singapore has launched its Green Plan 2030 outlining green targets such as reducing energy consumption and importing clean energy, and is investing S$49 million in low-carbon technologies including hydrogen energy and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. In Indonesia, the Low Carbon Development Initiative was launched in 2017 to identify development policies that accelerate green economic growth, and existing mangrove and peatland conservation efforts provide significant carbon credit financing potential. This dialogue will explore national low-carbon policy priorities, and how cooperation can scale up individual country efforts as ASEAN transitions to a low-carbon economy.

Key Questions:

  1. What are current policy priorities to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, and what are the plans for financing them?
  2. What are the challenges in green policy implementation and how can they be addressed?
  3. What are some actionable next steps for effective bilateral and regional collaboration?



1455-1555 SGT
1355-1455 WIB

Nurturing Nature - Restorative Approaches to Decarbonisation

With the pressing need for economies to decarbonise, nature-based solutions have emerged as a key strategy to future-proof ASEAN countries against environmental, social and economic challenges. Indonesia, possessing a fifth of global mangrove forests, has launched a restoration project spanning 15,000 hectares of mangroves which will create 25,000 jobs while sequestering carbon. Singapore has also stated its intent to become a carbon services hub, with a focus on developing regional natural capital opportunities. Yet, nature-based solutions remain undervalued and under-invested. Building an enabling environment through measures such as carbon pricing and a carbon market can facilitate more investment. This panel will discuss why and how ASEAN countries can align efforts to create this enabling environment, the potential to establish a liquid carbon market, and the related governance issues that must be resolved.

Key Questions:

  1. What is the potential for nature-based solutions to contribute to climate goals, and what are the challenges in implementing them?
  2. How can businesses get involved in scaling nature-based projects that blend conservation, economic development, and local stewardship?
  3. What further actions are necessary at national and regional levels to increase adoption of nature-based solutions, and make them more commercially viable?


Ayu Dewi Utari, Secretary, Peat and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM), Indonesia

Mr. Mikkel Larsen, Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS Bank, Singapore

Dr. Koh Lian Pin, Director, Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, National University Singapore (NUS)



1555-1655 SGT
1455-1555 WIB

Sustainability Demands – Bridging Consumers and Producers

Greater consumer demand for sustainably sourced commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, and rubber has led to increased scrutiny of companies’ supply chains. At the same time, new proposals such as European Union (EU)’s border adjustment taxes may exacerbate existing tensions between producer and consumer countries. Some smaller producers have struggled to adapt to heightened sustainability demands, due to the high cost of audits, required technical expertise, and low price premiums. The emergence of “leakage markets” for unsustainably produced commodities has also been a disincentive for companies to invest in better environmental and social standards. This panel will examine the role of downstream players in sustainability and how leakage markets can be brought into the sustainability landscape, in order to keep ASEAN competitive and a vital part of global value chains.


Key Questions:

  1. How can the industry strengthen demand-drivers for sustainable commodities?
  2. What can be done to incentivise small and medium-sized producers to enhance their sustainable practices?
  3. How we can bring about greater alignment across producer markets and major consumer markets such as China, India, Japan and the EU to grow sustainable trade?



Mr. Vicente Hurtado Roa, Head of Unit, TAXUD responsible of Indirect taxes other than VAT, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission

Ms. Beverley Postma, Chief Executive Officer, RSPO



1655-1705 SGT
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Closing Remarks
Note: This programme is subject to change.