High Level Dialogue on ASEAN Italy Economic Relations


Third edition
June 5 and 6, 2019
Hanoi, Vietnam (Meliá Hotel)

High Level Dialogue on ASEAN Italy Economic Relations

High Level Dialogue on ASEAN Italy Economic Relations

Third edition
June 5 and 6, 2019
Hanoi, Vietnam (Meliá Hotel)

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ASEAN countries are the 5th largest economy in the world – predicted to become the 4th largest in 2030 – and the 3rd largest area by population. ASEAN countries are undertaking a process of regional integration aimed to build a borderless economic community, and together with Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and China, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s biggest trade agreement, will be created.

Italy has first-class capabilities and high-tech production to match the industrial and developmental needs of the ASEAN countries. Furthermore, the European Union is negotiating trade and investment protection agreements with ASEAN countries, with some of them – such the one with Singapore and Vietnam – expected to come into force
shortly, thus opening-up new opportunities.

Now at its 3rd edition, the High Level Dialogue on ASEAN Italy Economic Relations, reserved to ASEAN Countries and European Chairmen and CEOs, Ministers and Institution Leaders by invitation only, is affirming as the place of reference to strengthen economic ties between ASEAN countries and Italy.

Outstanding political and business leaders meet and interact on a concerted basis thus building mutual trust, knowledge, and strong and long lasting partnerships.

Among the speakers:

Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Prime Minister of Vietnam


Giuseppe Conte

Prime Minister of Italy


Nguyen Duc Chung (Chairman, Hanoi People’s Committee, Vietnam), Vu Tien Loc (President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Hoang Anh Tuan (Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN), Enrico Letta (President, Associazione Italia ASEAN; Dean, former Prime Minister, Italy), Paolo Borzatta (Senior Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti), Stefano Cao (CEO, Saipem, Italy), Lamberto Dai Pra’ (Head of Africa, Asia and Oceania, Enel Green Power, Italy), Garry V. De Guzman (Undersecretary for Finance, Ministry of Transportation, Philippines), Valerio De Molli (Managing Partner and CEO, The European House – Ambrosetti), Claudio Dordi (Director, USAID Trade Facilitation Program; Professor of International Trade Law, Bocconi University, Italy), Carlo Ferro (President, Italian Trade Agency), Douglas Foo (President, Singapore Manufacturing Federation), Arancha Gonzalez (Executive Director, International Trade Centre), Pham Hong Hai (CEO, HSBC Vietnam), Koh Jin Hoe (President, Asia Pacific, Singapore Economic Development Board), U Than Aung Kyaw (Director General of Foreign Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, Myanmar), Giampiero Massolo (Chairman, Fincantieri, Italy), Lapo Pistelli (Executive Vice President for International Affairs, ENI, Italy), Teerapong Rodprasert (Vice Minister for Transport, Thailand), Vito Saracino (Managing Director Asia Pacific, Ariston Thermo, Italy), Giovanni Soccodato (Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Leonardo), Ramesh Subramaniam (Director General for South East Asia, Asian Development Bank), Simon Tay (Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs), Mai Huu Tin (Chairman and CEO, U&I Investment Corporation, Vietnam).

Among the topics of discussion:

  • Macroeconomic outlook of ASEAN area
  • Smart infrastructure, logistics, and connectivity
  • Digitalization, cybersecurity and technologies for sustainability and resilience
  • Advanced manufacturing, automation 4.0 and capital goods
  • Creativity, design and business innovation
  • Finance, PPP and trade agreements


A Reception on Wednesday, June 5 hosted by the Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam and an exclusive Gala Dinner on Thursday, June 6 provided valuable networking and interaction opportunity.

Watch the speech of the Italian Prime Minister

Giuseppe Conte

Read the speech of the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

Position Paper


The HighLevel Dialogue is organized with Associazione Italia-ASEAN, chaired by former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

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For more information, please contact:

Lorenzo Tavazzi:  italyinasean@ambrosetti.eu

Ph: +39 02 46753.638