Inclusive business: innovating to deliver solutions for low-income people

November 29, 2021 14:00 - 16:00Bangkok Time (GMT+7)

Explore how to promote inclusive businesses through the experiences and mechanisms used by ASEAN countries. Delve deeper into opportunities to promote inclusive growth through generating synergies among efforts that promote inclusive businesses, social enterprises, and impact investment.

14:00 – 14:18


Scene-setting and Meet & Greet between participants


Opening remarks by Marta Pérez Cusó, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP

14:18 – 14:48

The impact & the challenges

Interview-based panel discussion with policy experts about why inclusion matters and how to make a case for inclusion within policy making.

Moderated by Mr. Jonathan Wong, Chief, Technology and Innovation Section, ESCAP

Mr. Chorn Vanthou, Deputy Director of Planning, Statistics, Cooperation, and ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia

Ms. Huong Trinh, Director of Policy and General Affairs Division, Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam

Mr. Farhad Reza, Founding President and Board Member, Build Bangladesh, National Advisory Board Impact Investment, Bangladesh

14:58 – 15:23

Breakout discussions

In breakout groups, panelists will facilitate a conversation about inclusive businesses. There will be an opportunity for participants to share some of the inclusive business gaps they are looking to close, and speak about approaches they are already applying.

15:23 – 15:55

Exploring Synergies

A synthesis of discussions followed by a panel discussion and share out about the steps the panelists have accomplished to create inclusive business interventions in their sector.

Moderated by Ms. Marta Pérez Cusó, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP

Mr. Jonathan Wong, Chief, Technology and Innovation Section, ESCAP

Mr. Markus Dietrich, Director of Policy, iBAN

Mr. Tristan Ace, Chief Product Officer, AVPN

15:55 – 16:00

Closing remarks and end of Session 4