“Charting a Bold Future: US Businesses in the Asian Century” is the theme for the 2018 APCAC Business Summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5, 2018.

This high-profile annual summit attracts over 300 participants including senior government and private sector leaders from the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia is invited to open the conference and we also anticipate the involvement of several U.S. Ambassadors, state governors, city mayors, and senior U.S. Administration officials.

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) event will be hosted by AMCHAM Malaysia.

Why Malaysia, and why now?
With the current U.S. administration's focus and messaging about prioritizing American interests, a retrenchment from overseas engagement is predicted. For those of us based in Asia, we have seen these shifts result in increased questions about the commitment by U.S. business to these markets. Will U.S. companies continue to invest in:

● Local talent?
● Localizing their products and services?
● Engaging in ways to develop and grow local economies?
● Social responsibility initiatives?

At APCAC, we know the answer is a resounding 'YES.'

At our upcoming Summit, we will be providing participating sponsors and companies a showcase to demonstrate their continued engagement and commitment on a range of important topics, all while highlighting the dynamism and value of American business.

Malaysia, a founding member of both ASEAN and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is geographically positioned between the emerging regional powerhouses of China and India and sits at the nexus of these shifting economic ties. In this context, now is the right time and Malaysia is the ideal place to host what we believe will be a seminal platform to emphasize the longevity and nature of U.S. investments in the region, highlight the relevance of our corporate values, and promote the ongoing committed engagement of our partner companies.

What is APCAC?

APCAC is an association of 29 American Chambers of Commerce from 22 economies in Asia-Pacific. APCAC comprises of 15,000 Member companies, 50,000 overseas American executives and 10 million employees; the region has USD 620 billion in annual FDI management and more than USD 1 trillion in annual trade. The APCAC Business Summit is hosted each spring by one of APCAC’s member associations and we are delighted to have been chosen to bring the Summit to Kuala Lumpur in 2018. American corporations find value in this association with a number of them supporting APCAC by being part of the Chairman’s Circle: VISA, Abbott, GE, Citibank, PayPal Caterpillar, UPS, amongst others.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact AMCHAM Malaysia directly: Ms Siobhan Das, Executive Director apcac@amcham.com.my

Apr 4 - 5, 2018

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KLCC Convention Centre
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Stall 7, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

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Conference Program

  • Plenary & Breakout 1
    8 AM - 8:30 AMRegistration, Coffee & Pastries
    8:30 AM - 8:45 AMWelcome Remarks
    8:45 AM - 9:15 AMThe Asian Century – Looking past 2050
    Economies currently considered ‘emerging markets’ are projected to comprise six of the seven largest economies in the world by 2050 led by China (1st), India (2nd) and Indonesia (4th). How can US companies position themselves to best prepare for these shifts in economic power?
    9:15 AM - 9:35 AMKeynote 1
    9:35 AM - 9:55 AMKeynote 2
    9:55 AM - 10:25 AMNetworking Break
    10:25 AM - 11:45 AMBeyond Borders: US Ambassadors’ Panel
    Keynote Speech by US Ambassador to Malaysia, Her Excellency Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, followed by a panel discussion with American ambassadors from across the region.
    11:45 AM - 12 PMSPOTLIGHT on UBER
    Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
    1:30 PM - 1:45 PMSPOTLIGHT on ...
    1:45 PM - 3:15 PMTomorrow’s Technology and the Digital Economy
    How will big data, artificial intelligence and other new technologies impact foreign investment and supply chain considerations? What are in the imperatives of the Digital Economy?
    3:15 PM - 3:45 PMNetworking Break
    3:45 PM - 4:45 PMBREAKOUT 1A; Smart Cities
    A smart city is about using information and communication technology to better manage a city's assets and infrastructure and improve the quality of life for its citizens.
    Brooks Entwistle, Chief Business Officer, Uber Asia Pacific
    Janet Ang, Vice-President of Industry Solutions, Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PMPre-Gala Cocktails
    7:30 PM - 10:30 PMGALA DINNER
    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of APCAC and the 40th Anniversary of AMCHAM Malaysia
    Breakout 2
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PMBREAKOUT 2A: Talent to Success
    6:45 PM - 6:55 PMBreak
    6:55 PM - 7:55 PMBREAKOUT 2B:FinTech: Preparing for a Digital Future
    Breakout 3
    3:30 PM - 4:30 PMBREAKOUT 3A: Industry 4.0 and the Global Supply Chain
    Jeffrey Nygaard, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Seagate Technologies
    The Hon. Kurt Tong, Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau
    4:30 PM - 4:40 PMBreak
    4:40 PM - 5:40 PMBREAKOUT 3B: Tech in Health
  • Plenary & Breakout 1
    8 AM - 8:30 AMCoffee & Pastries
    8:30 AM - 9:15 AMNew Regional Dynamics
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AMASEAN and Regional Trade Frameworks
    How do new initiatives such as ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and "One Belt, One Road" affect US businesses?
    Keynote presentation followed by Q+A Session.
    10:15 AM - 10:45 AMNetworking Break
    10:45 AM - 11:35 AMBREAKOUT 4B - US Companies in CPTPP
    11:35 AM - 12:25 PMBREAKOUT 4A: Energy: Powering Asia Pacific Growth
    Edward Graham, CEO ExxonMobil Malaysia
    Datuk Mark Rosario, CEO, General Electric, Malaysia
    12:25 PM - 1:40 PMPOWER LUNCH
    With high-profile guest speaker
    1:40 PM - 2:55 PMWomen and the Asian Workforce
    What Power, Women? As countries look to increase productivity, can inclusion and diversity hold the key to boosting growth?
    Penny Burt, VP Government Affairs, VISA, Asia Pacific
    Ramzi Toubassy, CEO AmMetLife
    2:55 PM - 3:45 PMTomorrow's Talent
    Topic to be confirmed.Talent is the number one issue for many corporates and in these disruptive times is the traditional manner by which companies identify people to attract and push up the pipeline working they way that is needed? Could workforce analytics change the way we seek out and identify talent?
    3:45 PM - 4:05 PMCommunication in a post-Truth Era
    4:05 PM - 4:25 PMClosing Remarks
    4:25 PM - 6 PMNetworking Refreshments
    Breakout 2
    8:30 AM - 9:30 AMU.S. Commercial Section / Panel
    9:30 AM - 10:15 AMCommercial Section Meetings (By Appointment)
    Please contact apcac@amcham.com.my if you wish to meet with the U.S. Commercial Officer or learn more about Select USA and the upcoming program in Washington D.C.- June 2018
    10:15 AM - 10:45 AMNetworking Break
    10:45 AM - 11:35 AMBREAKOUT 5A: Cross Border Innovation in the Collaborative World
    Johnson & Johnson
    DLA Piper/ BakerMcKenzie
    11:35 AM - 12:25 PMBREAKOUT 5B: Cross Border Trade: Moving Goods in a Digital Economy
    As trade increases in the region getting goods to customers is facing hurdles moving from traditional operations to incorporating new technology. All the while rules of origin and trade compliance regulations need to be adhered to; what are the prospects of the Digital Silk Road?
    FedEx / UPS
    Baker McKenzie / EY / PwC
    Customs - Rules of Origin and Compliance
    Breakout 3
    10:15 AM - 10:45 AMNetworking Break
    10:45 AM - 11:35 AMBREAKOUT 6A: Asian Integration - Aligning Regional Standards
    The cost of compliance is a large burden on companies and simplifying regulations can drive innovation If ASEAN and the Asia Pacific are going to succeed in the digital and AI world, how could regulatory environments and cross-border trade be addressed to encourage growth and ensure necessary levels of security.
    Singapore's ASEAN leadership agenda 2018

    Hans Vriens, Vriens and Partners
    MOFA Singapore
    11:35 AM - 12:25 PMBREAKOUT 6B: Dispute Resolution: Options in Asia
    KL Regional Arbitration Center
    DLA Piper

Who Should Attend?

The summit will attract approximately 300 delegates from across the Asia-Pacific region:

Who Should Attend? 
  • Business executives who are developing or evolving their Asia strategy 
  • Strategists with ASEAN or Asia Pacific oversight 
  • Entrepreneurs excited to be a part of Asia’s growth 
  • Government officials, mayors, and governors from across the Asia Pacific region 
  • Trade and business organizations, other Chambers
  • Academics and think tanks interested in the emerging and fast-paced economy of the region

Join us!

Be a Sponsor


APCAC 2018 represents a unique opportunity for US companies to showcase their presence in Asia-Pacific, and for companies seeking exposure to US companies to highlight what you can provide.

We offer a range of customizable sponsorship packages developed to meet your needs. Possible benefits include:
·     Opportunity to be a speaker and/or develop a breakout session
·     Branding on conference collateral and marketing materials (various levels)
·     Access to exclusive meetings with key attendees and government officials
·     Seats at VVIP Tables (lunches, Gala Dinner)
-     Additional tables at Gala Dinner
-     Membership to APCAC Chairman's Circle

Please get in touch to discuss how we can best suit your requirements!

Ms. Siobhan Das
Executive Director, Conference Host
E: apcac@amcham.com.my 
M: +60123666514

Conference Fee Register

Early Bird Ticket (AmCham Members Only)

(This ticket is only available for purchase until Wednesday, February 28th 2018)

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th
2. Cocktail Reception and Gala dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary

Early Bird Price RM 3,300
Regular Ticket (AmCham Members Only)

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th
2. Cocktail Reception and Gala dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary

RM 4,900
Regular Ticket (Non Member)

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th
2. Cocktail Reception and Gala dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary

RM 6,200
AmCham Executive Directors and Chairman/President Only

Special rate extended only to AmCham Executive Directors and their respective Chairman or President.

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Closed door full day meeting and welcome reception on April 3rd.
2. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th.
3. Cocktail Reception and Gala dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary.

RM 1,650

Media Partners

Interested in becoming a Media Partner?

Role of the media partner:
  • To promote the 2018 APCAC Business Summit via print/digital 
  • Media coverage of the Summit pre, during and post
  • Banner ad about the conference on relevant pages of your organisation’s website
Benefits as a media partner:
  • Listing on the website with dedicated link to your company's website
  • Invitation to attend press conference before/during the Summit
For more information, please contact Yvonne Miranda at yvonne@amcham.com.my

Preferred Hotel Partners

We have negotiated some special rates at a number of hotels around Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. To book your accommodation and receive these special rates, you must click on the reservation link given below for each hotel. The hotels listed below are within the vicinity of the conference venue, approximately within 3 minutes walking distance.

5 Star Hotels

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Room rate starts from RM699.60 nett (approximately US$172) including one buffet breakfast, in-room internet access, 10% service charge and 6% GST. The tourism tax of RM10 per room per night is applicable for non-Malaysian guests and is not included in the room rate. 

Here is the booking link for the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. 

4 Star Hotels

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Room rate starts from RM559.68 nett (approximately US$138) including one buffet breakfast, wired and wireless broadband access, 10% service charge and 6% GST. The tourism tax of RM10 per room per night is applicable for non-Malaysian guests and is not included in the room rate. 

Here is the booking link for the Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Impiana KLCC Hotel
Room rate starts from RM390.00 nett (approximately US$96) including one buffet breakfast, complimentary in-room wired internet and wi-fi access, 10% service charge and 6% GST. The tourism tax of RM10 per room per night is applicable for non-Malaysian guests and is not included in the room rate. 

Here is the booking link for the Impiana KLCC Hotel. 

Travel Packages

Apart from attending APCAC, AMCHAM encourages you to combine your attendance at APCAC 2018 with a unique experience of Malaysian hospitality. Get to know Malaysia outside the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur and experience a rich variety of local cultures, world-renowned cuisine, and our wealth of natural beauty.

The tour options described below have been selected and curated especially to fit into the weekends prior to and/or after the 2018 APCAC Business Summit. To book and find out more information on each itinerary, please contact the tour operators directly at the email address provided below.
Itineraries offered by World Express Travel, a sister company of Pacific World Travel

Cameron Highlands for 3 days and 2 nights 
(stay at Strawberry Park Resort)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/ Cameron Highlands
Pick up from the hotel and depart to Cameron Highlands. While en route, visit the Batu Caves Temple.

The Highlands were named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realized the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity.

The Cameron Highlands is still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia's largest tea-producing region. The area is also known as a major supplier of legumes and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore with its many farms and is one of Malaysia's prime tourist destinations.

Day 2 Cameron Highlands (Breakfast)
Visit tea plantation (closed on Monday), local market and butterfly farm.
Afternoon, free at leisure

Day 3 Cameron Highlands / Kuala Lumpur (Breakfast)
After breakfast depart back to Kuala Lumpur

Penang Island for 3 days and 2 nights (stay at Parkroyal Beach Resort)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/ Penang
Pick up from hotel and depart to Penang. While en-route, stop at Kuala Kangsar to visit its unique Ubudiah Mosque – a magnificent building with a golden dome and its intricate wood carving. Continuing to Butterworth, cross the Penang Bridge (spanning 13.5km, the longest bridge in Asia and the 3rd longest in the world) to Penang Island. Arrive Penang, free at leisure

Day 2 Penang (Breakfast / Lunch)
Day tour in Penang, begin the day by driving to the seaside district of Telok Bahang to visit the Entopia
(Butterfly Farm), a sanctuary for over 120 species of exotic tropical butterflies. Next stop at a Batik Factory to observe the traditional technique of batik painting using wax and dyes.

In Georgetown, a world heritage site of UNESCO, photo stop at Fort Cornwallis facing the Esplanade. By trishaw – Penang’s ‘king of the road’, take a leisurely ride to the Khoo Clan Ancestral House and admire the intricate carvings and woodwork of this heritage building. In the afternoon, ascend Penang Hill, 830 meters above sea level for a panoramic view of the city. (Note: Drinks are not inclusive)

Day 3 Penang (Breakfast)
Free till pre-fixed time and transfer to Penang Airport
Ipoh and Pangkor Laut for 4 days and 3 nights (1 night stay at small boutique hotel and 2 nights stay at Pangkor Laut Resort)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/ Ipoh
Pick up from the hotel and departs to Ipoh. While en route visit Batu Caves Temple.

Visit Tempurung Cave take a stroll through the cave and encounter many interesting and beautiful rock formations. Next stop will be Kinta Kellas Rubber Estate area.

Amidst the lush greenery stands proud the ruins of the never completed dream castle of William Kellie Smith, a wealthy Scottish planter during the colonial era. An aura of mystery envelopes this romantic yet melancholic mansion. Believed to be haunted, it is said to have secret rooms and underground tunnels.

Drive along Ipoh famous landmarks The Railway Station or the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Ipoh is an impressive landmark which combines Moorish architecture with modern embellishments. The Station bears a close resemblance to its Kuala Lumpur counterpart haring the same architectural design and the distinction of being the most filmed buildings in their respective cities.

Day 2 Ipoh / Lumut (Breakfast)
Depart to Lumut is about 2 hours drive. Arrive at Lumut Jetty, board schedule boat to a home on the private island of Pangkor Laut. Afternoon, free at leisure

Day 3 Pangkor Laut Resort (Breakfast)
Day at leisure – optional for resort activities

Day 4 Pangkor Laut Resort (Breakfast)
Free till pre-fixed time and transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport

To find out more information and book any of the packages above, please contact Ms. Su Ann by email at wxpkul@worldexpress.travel or by phone at +603 21489601.
Itineraries offered by Corporate Information Travel

Malacca for 3 days and 2 nights
(stay at Casa Del Rio Hotel)

Day 01
Depart from Kuala Lumpur City Centre for Malacca. Upon arrival, proceed for Historical Malacca Tour.
Founded in 1403, Malacca is Malaysia’s oldest town, full of fascinating history and multi-cultural heritage.
The beauty of the town has now been recognized and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

Malacca is also one of the birthplaces of the 'Peranakan', a mix of Chinese and Malay descendants uniquely its own. Lunch at local restaurant (Nyonya cuisine). After the tour, drop off at hotel for check-in.

Please note: As there is quite a bit of walking on this tour, good walking shoes will be required

Day 02
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Malacca at your own leisure ......

Day 03
Breakfast at the hotel. Free to explore the city until your departure transfer back to Kuala Lumpur.

Kota Kinabalu for 3 days and 2 nights (stay at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort)

Day 01
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Check-in and free at leisure.

Day 02
Morning, pick-up transfer to the jetty. Board the boat for a 20-minute boat ride to Sapi or Manukan Island. There is a trail system around the island, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The island has very clear water and is an excellent venue for sea-sports. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 03
After breakfast, free at leisure until your transfer to the airport.

Note: Please bring these items: insect repellent, swimwear, sun block, hat, change of clothing and towel.

To find out more information and book any of the packages above, please contact Corporate Information Travel by email at travel@cit.travel or by phone at +603 20919966.
A special offer by the Four Seasons Langkawi

Garden Pavilions Ground Floor (max 3 occupancy) 
US$ 510 Bed & Breakfast for stays from 30 March - 4 April, min 2 nights 
US$ 395 Bed & Breakfast for stays from 5 - 9 April, min 2 nights 
Garden View Ground Pavilion 

Partial Sea View Pavilions Upper Floor (max 2 occupancy) 
US$ 610 Bed & Breakfast for stay from 30 March - 4 April, min 2 nights 
US$ 495 Bed & Breakfast for stays from 5 - 9 April, min 2 nights 
Partial Sea View Upper Pavilion 

Special Rate on Extra Bed & Breakfast US$ 100 per person/per night for Ground Floor Pavilions. 

In addition to the rates outlined above, the hotel is pleased to offer their signature Mangrove and Eagle Safari into the UNESCO GeoPark by boat accompanied by one of their naturalists for an exclusive rate of MYR200 per person. 

All WiFi is complimentary as is the hotel gym, tennis court, and bicycles. A fabulous GeoSpa and a full range of Watersports including jet skis, X-Jetblades, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaks, standup paddleboards, catamarans (all motorised watersports are chargeable, non-motorised complimentary) are available. The hotel also has Rock Climbing and Archery on the property. 

To find out more information or to book, please contact the hotel directly by email at reservations.lan@fourseasons.com or by phone at +604 950 8888. The rates above are only available to  2018 APCAC Business Summit attendees and verification may be required to confirm the hotel booking.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

About the Summit
Elyna Ngu, Events Manager

Sponsorship Opportunities
Siobhan Das, Executive Director

Media Partner
Yvonne Miranda, Manager