SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be giving a keynote address this morning at The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum.
The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez will engage Mr Tharman on stage after the minister's keynote address. The audience will also get an opportunity to pose questions directly to the minister.
Around 370 people have signed up for this year's event. The annual stocktaking forum brings together policymakers, diplomats, businessmen, academicians, along with experts from The Straits Times to discuss issues and developments that might impact Asia in the coming year. Speakers at this year's forum will address the question: Will there be more turbulence ahead for Asia in 2016?
On the agenda this year is the outlook for Asean, Malaysia, China and India.
The ST Global Outlook Forum - the fourth edition since it started in 2012 - has become a key event in Singapore's year-end calendar.
"Over the past four years, the Global Forum has emerged as a significant event highlighting the challenges of the year to come," said The Straits Times associate editor Ravi Velloor, who will be speaking at the forum.
"This year, we are particularly fortunate to have DPM Tharman as our keynote speaker. Few know the global - and regional - economy better than him. And in Mr Ong Keng Yong, we have a person who knows Asean's many challenges from the inside."
Mr Ong served as Secretary-General of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) from 2003 to 2008, and was High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014.
Following the speeches by Mr Tharman and Mr Ong, an expert panel will look at the region's business prospects, especially as the Asean Economic Community takes shape by next month.
The panellists will include Mr Samuel Tsien, group chief executive of OCBC Bank, and Mr Raman Singh, president of leading pharmaceutical company Mundipharma.
Two scholars - Professor Huang Jing of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Dr Sanjaya Baru of the International Institute for Strategic Studies - will provide a scholarly overview of the great changes sweeping Asia's two biggest nations.
Dr Baru of the International Institute for Strategic Studies will examine how well India is placed to help Asia through turbulent times, while Prof Huang will address China's growing assertiveness in global affairs .
Mr Shannon Teoh, Straits Times' Malaysia Bureau Chief, will be presenting a briefing on Malaysia's troubles as seen from the ground level. He will be joined by The Straits Times' Business Editor Lee Su Shyan and Assistant Foreign Editor Reme Ahmad.
The half-day event at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel is sponsored by OCBC Bank this year.