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UK-ASEAN Business Council Breakfast Briefing with Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi


The UK-ASEAN Business Council looks forward to welcoming H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi and delegation, and to hosting a Breakfast Briefing to discuss how the UK business community can be further involved in ASEAN’s economic future. The visit comes following the ASEAN Foreign Affairs Ministers retreat in Chiang Mai (17-18 January) and the EU-ASEAN Foreign Affairs Meeting in Brussels (21 January).

The ASEAN Secretariat was set up in 1976 to provide greater coordination among the ASEAN Member States and bodies to effectively implement ASEAN’s projects and initiatives.

The ASEAN Summit in Singapore last November highlighted the need for continued investment in infrastructure and education to achieve sustainable growth, with a focus on inclusivity. The biggest threat and concern facing the region is the 4th Industrial Revolution and how automation and technology will impact the future of work, an issue that is on the minds of all the ASEAN Leaders. Thailand, Chair of ASEAN 2019, on the 14th January hosted a Special Session on the 4th Industrial Revolution. In his welcome remarks, Dato Lim Jock Hoi highlighted that “new technologies are bringing down barriers, connecting us better and in new and different ways; revolutionising the nature of cross-border relations and economic interactions across ASEAN.”

The UK has a lot to offer ASEAN. Our expertise can meet ASEAN’s needs at a time where the UK is looking for footholds and partnerships beyond Europe. 2019 will be a year of opportunity for the UK to engage and partner ASEAN. The UK’s relationship with ASEAN has always been dynamic, with its strength coming from the many strands of the relationship. This relationship is to get even deeper with the British Embassy to ASEAN set to open in 2019 to compliment the British missions in every single ASEAN country.

This breakfast is for UKABC’s partners and guests. Note that this event is invitation only, please bring confirmation of attendance.










H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi

Dato Lim Jock Hoi was the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam from 2006 – 2018.

During his tenure, he served as Brunei Darussalam’s Senior Official for the ASEAN Economic Community Pillar (SEOM), APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting). He was a member of the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF-EI) since 2001, serving as the HLTF-EI Chair in 2017.

He was Brunei Darussalam’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), as well as for the P4, precursor to the TPP negotiations. Previously, he was also the Co-Chair during the negotiations for the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA), and also served as Brunei Darussalam’s Chief Negotiator for the Brunei Darussalam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (BJEPA).


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Joint Statement of 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting:

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat Statement:

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ASEAN Makes Headway for 4th Industrial Revolution:

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Advancing Partnership for Sustainability:

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