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Nine months after the elections of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the helm of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, it’s time to draw up a first review. Will the plummeting of oil prices hamper the pace of reforms in Indonesia?  How are the other countries in ASEAN facing this situation ?Indonesia / ASEAN at a crossroads: What does it mean for EU Business?


In this exclusive closed-door discussion, EuroCham Singapore, in partnership with the EU Delegation, is pleased to welcome Mr. Harvey Rouse to share his thoughts and opinions about the current landscape in Indonesia and ASEAN.

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Mr. Harvey Rouse


Mr. Harvey Rouse is Counsellor and Head of the Trade & Economic Section in the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN. Before working in S.E. Asia, he gained considerable experience in Africa having served as the Head of Political & Trade Sections in the Delegations of the EU to Uganda (2008-2012) and Kenya (2004-2008).



Prior to taking up his post in Kenya, Mr. Rouse worked with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, in Brussels as a coordinator of bilateral trade relations (Customs Union) with Turkey and also a Communications Strategy coordinator within the Trade Directorate.


He also has extensive experience in the private sector having worked for nine years as Vice President for the Motion Picture Association (which represents the seven Hollywood Studios). During this time, Harvey headed up EU Affairs for the MPA working in particular on trade issues and was also the American film industry’s spokesman in Europe.Prior to taking up his post in Kenya, Mr. Rouse worked with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, in Brussels as a coordinator of bilateral trade relations (Customs Union) with Turkey and also a Communications Strategy coordinator within the Trade Directorate.


Before the MPA, Harvey worked in the European Parliament, a prominent PR company and a law firm.

Mr. Rouse is a British national and has a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Politics and French and a Master Degree from the prestigious College of Europe in Bruges.