On 5-7 Nov 2017, KPMG held its 2017 ASPAC Partners’ Conference in Bangkok, with ASPAC partners and global leaders to help steer businesses in Asia Pacific.
Bangkok, 8 November 2017 – KPMG held its 2017 ASPAC Partners’ Conference in Bangkok this week, with over 300 ASPAC partners from 12 countries as well as global leaders, including William B Thomas, the new Global Chairman, KPMG International. The gathering reflects the importance of the Asia-Pacific market and specifically ASEAN for KPMG. The conference focused on strategies to help steer businesses in Asia Pacific through digital disruption and transformation.
The pace and degree of disruption on businesses are greater than ever. According to KPMG's 2017 Global CEO Outlook survey, 83 percent of CEOs in ASEAN say their business is aiming to be the disruptor in their sector while 92 percent believe disruption can have a positive effect on their business. In addition, 88 percent say their businesses are investing in cyber security and 94 percent see this investment as an opportunity, rather than an overhead cost.
“As technology is penetrating every aspect of business, KPMG is working with clients in ASPAC and around the world on digital transformation so that they can be at the forefront of their industries in disruptive times,” said Bill Thomas, Global Chairman, KPMG International. "Just in the past year, KPMG has been recognized by industry analysts for our leading capabilities in data & analytics (D&A) and cyber security, and recently recognized as one of the world's top consultancies in ’The Forrester Wave™: Business Transformation Consultancies, Q3, 2017’.”
In ASPAC region, KPMG firms are underway in their quest to help clients transform digitally. Winid Silamongkol, Chief Executive Officer, KPMG in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos said ”To help lead digital transformation in the region, KPMG has launched a number of innovation initiatives in ASEAN, including the KPMG Digital Village in Singapore, designed to help corporates, startups, investors, and government bodies drive the adoption and integration of innovative solutions, such as Fintech technologies, in a collaborative ecosystem; Cyber and Digital Hub in Malaysia, where KPMG uses cyber security to identify, protect, manage, improve and increase trust, opportunities, market standing and stakeholder value for clients; and ‘Japanese-Thai Corridor’ project in Thailand offering comprehensive consultation to help companies with digital transformation, especially in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) data & analytics (D&A) and robotic process automation (RPA).
“Asia Pacific is driving the majority of growth of the global economy and is a major strategic focus for KPMG -- our ambition is to help businesses seize the opportunities offered by the region. In addition to its robust economy, markets in Asia will continue to gain prominence as investment destinations and be leaders of innovation. Our Partners attending the conference are embracing the disruptive forces and innovation trends in the marketplace. I believe KPMG firms throughout the region will play key roles in enabling growth and creating an inspiring vision for their teams, clients and communities,” concluded Thomas.
ASPAC Partners’ Conference is a biennial event taking place in different Asia countries. 2017 ASPAC Partners’ Conference took place at Plaza Athénée Hotel Bangkok from 5-7 November 2017.
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KPMG in Thailand, with more than 1,500 professionals offering audit, tax, and advisory services, is a member firm of the KPMG network of independent firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity.