The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is widely considered to be one of the fastest growing regions in the world and in a golf context, it is said to have tremendous growth possibilities for the golf industry.
Two countries that stand-out from this regional grouping are the largest economy in ASEAN, Indonesia and the emerging nation of Myanmar.
Golf is expected to grow exponentially in Indonesia and some 50 new golf courses are believed to come on stream over the next few years. The country already has some 160 golf courses and the game enjoys wide and growing popularity.
On the other hand, Myanmar which was for many years closed to the free world, is now rapidly emerging as an economic power-house in ASEAN. It has a long tradition and heritage in golf because the British first introduced the game over 100 years ago when the country was known as Burma.
Both Indonesia and Myanmar will come under the spotlight during the staging of the 2013 Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) which will be staged in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta on November 5 - 7 at the plush Shangri-la Hotel Jakarta.
"We have secured two top speakers to address the Summit on Indonesia and Myanmar and they are experts on prevailing and future trends in the respective countries," revealed Mike Sebastian, chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, the owner and producer of APGS.
"We want to take the opportunity of providing our delegates a good overview and a well-rounded perspective on both these countries as it will be very helpful as development and investment plans in golf are considered by interested foreign investors," he added.
The two speakers are Krishna Ramachandra, Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP and Dr. Leonard Christopher Sebastian of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Ramachandra is actively involved in supporting the Government of Myanmar in the local development of soft infrastructure such as laws and regulatory regime. "He is a sharp and polished lawyer who offers clients clever solutions and we are delighted to have been able to get one of the best brains in the legal business to brief our delegates on Myanmar," said Sebastian.
Ramachandra graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court and a Solicitor of England and Wales. He is widely regarded as an expert in capital markets and corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Dr Sebastian is an acknowledged expert on Indonesia, Indonesian politics, defence, security and foreign policy trends. The Canadian educated Dr. Sebastian is a Member of the Advisory Panel to the Singapore Government Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs and a onetime Freeman fellow and Fulbright scholar.
"Dr. Sebastian will provide the APGS delegates with a thorough insight into what is happening in Indonesia and what the future holds for this dynamic nation," Sebastian explained.
"We believe that both Mr. Ramachandra and Dr. Sebastian will be able to share their extensive wealth of knowledge on Myanmar and Indonesia respectively which in turn will help our delegates understand the dynamics of progress in these two very important ASEAN nations," Sebastian concluded.
More than 30 international speakers and panellists will be taking part in APGS 2013.
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