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International Corporate Governance Seminar

6 June 2013, Securities Commission

What

In conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Asian Roundtable on Corporate Governance 2013, the Securities Commission Malaysia will be organising the International Corporate Governance Seminar (ICGS) on moving closer towards achieving capital market integration and an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The ICGS will be an informative and insightful session to openly discuss the issues and challenges faced by ASEAN countries.
 
The panellists for this discussion include Dato Dr Nik Ramlah Mahmood (Deputy Chief Executive, Securities Commission Malaysia),  Professor Mak Yuen Teen (Associate Professor of Accounting, National University of Singapore), and Clarence Yang (Head of Corporate Governance Asia ex Japan, BlackRock).

The second part of the seminar will involve an Oxford-style debate between Tan Sri Dato Dr Mohd Munir Majid (Chairman, Bank Muamalat) and Dr Jesus Estanislao (Institute of Corporate Directors, Philippines, addressing the motion that "Corporate governance practices in Asia will be the future global standard." After opening arguments, the audience will fully participate throughout the discussion by casting their votes. This Oxford-style debate will be moderated by Ms Fianna Jurdant (Senior Policy Analyst, OECD).

Why

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
 

  • Discuss the latest regional developments in corporate governance
  • Present issues and challenges in marching towards an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015
  • Debate the topic of corporate governance practices in Asia

Who

Who Should Attend:
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Directors and Senior Management
  • Academicians and Researchers
  • Members of the public

How


Programme Outline
0200pm - 0215pm Registration
0215pm - 0230pm Opening Remarks by Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh
Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia
0230pm - 0345pm

Marching Towards an ASEAN Economic Community 2015 – Issues and Challenges
 
Regional integration brings significant opportunities for cross border trade and investments. ASEAN is now moving closer towards achieving capital market integration and an ASEAN Economic Community. We have seen the establishment of the ASEAN Exchange Linkage, harmonization of equity and debt disclosure standards, facilitation of cross border offering of funds and the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard and ranking of ASEAN public listed companies (PLCs).
 
While much has been achieved, what more can be done to reap maximum outcome from these initiatives? Given differences in the level of capital market developments of ASEAN countries, how do we facilitate and close regulatory gaps and governance standards?
 
ASEAN PLCs are characteristically different, usually entrepreneur-driven with controlling shareholders/concentrated ownership in high power distance culture. Pyramid structures, company groups are common and government-linked companies/state-owned enterprises influence the dynamics of the stock exchange. Minority shareholders may have limited or inadequate protection and rights. Given differences in structural and cultural conditions, should the Western corporate governance model be applied to ASEAN companies? Shouldn’t international corporate governance assessment of ASEAN PLCs take into account local values?
 
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Philip Koh, Senior Partner, Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh
 
Panelists:

  1. Dato Dr Nik Ramlah Mahmood, Deputy Chief Executive, SC
  2. Prof Mak Yuen Teen, Associate Professor of Accounting, National University of Singapore
  3. Clarence Yang, Head of Corporate Governance Asia ex Japan, BlackRock  
0345pm - 0400pm Coffee Break
0400pm - 0515pm

Oxford-style Debate
 
Debaters will hotly debate the motion that “Corporate governance practices in Asia will be the future global standard”. Each will present opening arguments to sway the audience to vote in their favour. The audience will be directly involved throughout the discussion by casting their votes before and after the arguments have been presented. The debate will be moderated by Ms Fianna Jurdant.
 
Motion: Corporate governance practices in Asia will be the future global standard
 
Moderator: Fianna Jurdant, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD 
 
Debaters:

  1. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Mohd Munir Majid, Chairman, Bank Muamalat
  2. Dr Jesus Estanislao, Institute of Corporate Directors, Philippines
0515pm End

Admission and Fees

Venue
Securities Commission Malaysia

Time
0200pm- 0515pm

Fees
RM 550 per participant

Contact Us
To find out more, please contact +603-6204 8498 / 8664 / 8857 / 8313, or email us at sidc@sidc.com.my
 

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