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In this new year, developed markets are marked by strong consumer demand, while emerging markets are hoping for their travel and tourism sectors to re-open. New variants however keep coming amidst global vaccine inequity. Meanwhile, inflation has risen in most parts of the world, and the US Federal Reserve is on course to normalise its policy stance. Beyond the macro cycle, Asian economies remain committed to seeking further gains from trade through multilateral trade agreements like RCEP. Where are the risks and opportunities around this narrative, both at the country and sector levels?  Join us for a presentation, panel discussion and Q&A on the 25th of February 2022, at 5.00 PM – 6.00 PM with Dr Taimur Baig, Chief Economist at DBS and Dr Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. 


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to this physical event as attendees’ vaccination status will have to be checked and attendees briefed on Safe Management Measures. Please note that only attendees who are fully vaccinated will be admitted to the event. 

5.00 pm: Welcome Remarks by Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Managing Director & Head of Banks and Non-Bank Financial Services, Financial Institutions Group, DBS Bank
5.05 pm: Opening Remarks by Mr Federico Donato, President of EuroCham Singapore
5.10 pm: 2022 Economic Outlook by Dr Taimur Baig, Managing Director and Chief Economist at DBS Bank
5.25 pm: Presentation on RCEP by Dr Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre
5.35 pm: Q&A moderated by Mr Greg Huguet, Chair of the EuroCham Financial Services Committee
5.50 pm: Questions from the Audience 
5.55 pm: Closing Remarks by Mr Greg Huguet
6.00 pm: Event Closes




Dr Taimur Baig
Managing Director and Chief Economist
DBS Bank

Taimur Baig, Ph.D., heads economics as well as macro strategy for interest rate, credit, currency, and equities at DBS Group Research. He also advises the bank on risk management and investment strategy. Prior to joining DBS, Dr Baig was a Principal Economist in the Economic Policy Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Earlier he spent nine years at Deutsche Bank’s Singapore office, where his last position was Managing Director and Chief Economist, Asia. Before Deutsche Bank, he was based in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, for eight years, where his last position was Senior Economist. Dr Baig has published extensively for both specialists and a general audience, on areas including monetary policy in a deflationary environment, exchange rate regime determination, demographics, energy sector, frontier markets, fiscal policy efficacy, and financial market contagion. Dr Baig sits as a council member for the Asian Financial Think Tank, Economic Society of Singapore, and Women’s World Banking. Dr Baig holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He attended London School of Economics and Wabash College for his B.A. in Economics.


Dr Deborah Elms
Founder & Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre (ATC)

Dr Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA), Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), and also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. 

Previously, Dr Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog. 



Gregoire Huguet
Commercial Director, Data and Analytics

Mr Greg Huguet has been with SWIFT for the past 6 years, first in Australia and today in Singapore where he has been located for the past 18 months. He is in charge of all Data & Analytics initiatives for SWIFT in South-East Asia & Oceania. He engages on a daily basis with the SWIFT community composed of all the commercial banks & central banks in both regions. Mr Huguet is also the Chair of EuroCham’s Financial Services Committee.
Prior to SWIFT Mr Huguet held various positions in Australia and Hong Kong within banks & consulting firms working on regulatory reporting & digital transformation projects. He holds a Master’s Degree in Technology for Financial Markets from the Telecom-Mines Institute in Paris, France.



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Please follow these simple steps for easy registration to the on-demand webinar.

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Step 3: Using the link provided in the second email, click on the link before 25 May 2022. 

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