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MDBC: Outlook 2018

January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dear MDBC Members,

Immediately following our New Year’s reception, we will bring you our first informative event of the year, the Outlook 2018.  Subject – matter experts are flown into Malaysia to provide you with great insights into 2018 and to take you on a socio – political and economic / financial journey through Malaysia / ASEAN / the world.

Plenty of issues have kept us on edge throughout 2017 and surely we can expect the same in 2018.

Vriens & Partners: Political developments in ASEAN.
Vriens & Partners is a corporate advisory firm headquartered in Singapore, specializing in government affairs, public policy, and political risk analysis in Southeast Asia.  Its mission is to build bridges between business, government, and society that support responsible, sustainable development in Southeast Asia.  Senior Associate Malaysia, Adib Zalkapli, will provide the input on Malaysia, while Managing Partner, Hans Vriens will expand on ASEAN developments.

Rabobank: Financial and economic developments.
is an international financial services provider, active in the area of banking, capital management, leasing, insurance, and real estate.
Michael Every (Head Financial Markets Research Asia-Pacific, Rabobank), will present a thematic global outlook ‘The Great Gamble’ looking at how high the stakes are, whether these big bets will pay off or not, and what it means for financial markets.  The global economy appears to have suddenly hit a synchronized upturn, while Europe may have turned the corner politically. However, underlying problems from China’s unsustainable debts to Europe’s unfinished reforms, Brexit, and Trump’s unpredictability all remain unresolved. As inflation heads lower rather than higher, and wages refuse to move at all, central banks are now joining hands to talk of “policy normalization”. Given the same central banks led us into the 2008-09 crisis and have failed to generate an equitable recovery so far, it looks like a Great Gamble. 

Each speaker will give a presentation, then be available for Q&A and round-table discussions.


Date:    Monday, 15 January 2018
Time:    14:00 – 17:00 hrs
Venue:  MIDA KL Sentral

This event is free of charge for MDBC members; all representatives from MDBC member – companies are invited to attend.  Maximum number of registrations as per your membership level.  Additional registrations and guests can be registered at RM100 per person.

Registration for Outlook 2018 is free of charge for MDBC members (as per your membership level).
To register, please reply with the registration form below no later than Thursday, 11 January (12 noon) to the MDBC Secretariat by e mail at info@mdbc.com.my. All registered guests will receive our re-confirmation latest by Friday, 12 January, with venue details; Please contact us if you do not receive this confirmation.  Please note that this is a complimentary event for members.  As a courtesy to the organizer who is making preparations for seating and refreshments, please honor your registration or send a replacement in case of last minute unavailability.

Alternatively, you may use the registration form below.  Please note that registration closes on Thursday, 11 January 2018 (12 noon), and is required to confirm your attendance.  By registering online, you acknowledge the event guidelines.

We look forward to your attendance!

With best regards,

MDBC Secretariat
Tel: +603 – 2722 8335



January 15
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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