16th Asia Bond Markets Summit
Coming of age
8, 10 & 18 November 2021 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Gold Sponsors

It is a crisis like no other. Yet, Asia’s bond markets have held up during this pandemic. Not only that. In a period of volatility and uncertainty unseen in more than a century, economies in this region are enjoying the fruits of the work of the past two decades of strengthening the foundation of its capital markets.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Asia’s bond markets continue to rebound and expand on the back of record low interest rates and healthier government and corporate balance sheets. Accompanying the rise of the capital markets is the broadening of the domestic investor base. Indeed, as the Covid-19 spread far and wide, governments in this region tapped successfully Asia’s markets in order to raise finance for relief measures. Similarly, corporate issuers were able to access the market for refinancing notwithstanding the bouts of volatility. In many ways, Asia’s bond markets have come of age.

As the region rebuilds its economies, Asia’s bond markets will continue to play a major role especially in financing a sustainable and inclusive recovery. Green, social and sustainability bonds are the region’s fastest growing and now playing a bigger role in mobilizing capital for the post-pandemic era. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic remains the biggest risk to Asia’s bond markets. Moreover, the chatter on the US Federal Reserve and its intention to raise interest rates earlier than expected could impact liquidity and the cost of financing.

The Asset Events+ is pleased to be hosting the 16th Asia Bond Markets Summit on the theme, Coming of age. The annual gathering of thought leaders and industry participants will discuss how issuers and investors are navigating the current market and examine how the post-pandemic era will reshape finance.

 
Part 1 - Capital markets’ role in relief and recovery
08 November 2021 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM HKT
4:20 PM (HKT)
Access to webinar opens
4:30 PM (HKT)
Exclusive Discussion
Governments are increasingly tapping the bond markets to respond to the pandemic. While the region maintains a relatively lower debt-to-GDP ratio, the possibility of a deterioration remains if borrowing is not supported by robust economic recovery. The slow and uneven pace of vaccination coupled with a resurgence of outbreaks in some countries could further add strain to public finances. Moreover, the US Federal Reserve’s planned interest rate hikes next year could impact Asia.
  • How will current financing strategies to contain the pandemic impact the recovery?
  • How are governments using debt finance to safeguard their economies at the same time?
  • How will rising US inflation impact Asian sovereign fundraising?
Kenneth Akintewe
Kenneth Akintewe
head of asian sovereign debt
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Toshinori Doi
Toshinori Doi
director
ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO)
Fauziah Zen
Fauziah Zen
senior economist
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Luky Alfirman
Luky Alfirman
director general of budget financing and risk management
Ministry of Finance Indonesia
Paroche Hutachareon
Paroche Hutachareon
senior expert on bond market development
Public Debt Management Office Thailand
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu (moderator)
editor-in-chief
The Asset
5:20 PM (HKT)
Q&A
5:30 PM (HKT)
End of discussion

Part 2 - The future of Asian corporate credits
10 November 2021 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM HKT
4:20 PM (HKT)
Access to webinar opens
4:30 PM (HKT)
Exclusive Discussion
Across Asia, companies are re-evaluating their debt funding strategies as the pandemic hit corporate earnings. Asian corporate bond issuance, both in the G3 and local currency space, is on the rise as borrowers take the opportunity to access cheaper funding and investors look to diversify. Sustainable bonds are also making headway as companies transition their business models. Some corporates, however, remain cautious as new virus variants and outbreaks emerge.
  • How do Asian corporates approach debt financing amidst this landscape?
  • What role will Asia’s bond markets, particular the local currency market, play?
  • How will recent defaults impact the region’s bond market?
Kaustubh Chaubal
Kaustubh Chaubal
vice president, senior credit officer
Moody's Investors Service
Omar Slim
Omar Slim
senior portfolio manager, Asia fixed income
Pinebridge Investments
Darryl Yu
Darryl Yu (moderator)
chief digital editor
The Asset
5:20 PM (HKT)
Q&A
5:30 PM (HKT)
End of discussion

Part 3 - Rebuilding economies through sustainable bonds and loans
18 November 2021 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM HKT
4:20 PM (HKT)
Access to webinar opens
4:30 PM (HKT)
Exclusive Discussion
Asia’s sustainable bonds and loans markets are making waves across the region on the back of increasing investor demand and companies need to boost their ESG profiles. Social and sustainable bonds have outpaced the growth of green bonds. The emergence of transition bonds will support Asian companies as they shift to sustainable business models. Sustainability-linked loans are also gaining traction underpinned by supportive regulatory policies. As Asia rebuilds its economies, what role will sustainable bonds and loans play?
  • How will Asia’s sustainable debt market shape post pandemic recovery?
  • Which markets and sectors could benefit from transition finance?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for sustainable lending in Asia?
Leslie Maasdorp
Leslie Maasdorp
chief financial officer
National Development Bank
Ludovic Garnier
Ludovic Garnier
group chief financial officer
Thai Union
Edmund Leong
Edmund Leong
managing director and head, group investment banking
UOB
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu (moderator)
editor-in-chief
The Asset
5:20 PM (HKT)
Q&A
5:30 PM (HKT)
End of discussion

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