Date: 16 November 2015
Venue: Vanda 2, Parkroyal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur,
Time: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Theme : The TPPA, economic growth, and protection of intellectual property rights

The Southeast Asia Network for Development (SEANET) is a project of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) to look into ASEAN economic integration.  We believe in three key principles: inclusive development, property rights and free movement of people and goods.  And we conduct research and advocacy to catalyse the adoption of market-friendly principles, particularly by inviting opinion-shapers to analyse evidence of how free trade can speed up national and regional growth. 

We are part of the Property Rights Alliance, a network of 92 independent, non government, and market oriented think tanks from 65 around the world and is based in Washington DC. Every year we produce the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) which scores and ranks countries worldwide based on three factors: the state of their legal and political environment, physical property rights, and intellectual property rights. 

These three factors are crucial for the economic growth, development as well as attracting investment into a country. The results of the IPRI analysis consistently suggests that there is a positive relationship between the rate of economic growth and the quality of property rights protection.   

This year, SEANET will be hosting the launch of the 2015 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) in Kuala Lumpur on 16 November 2015.  The theme is “Protection of Property Rights, Economic Growth, and the TPP”. 

We will have with us Professor Sary Levy Carciente, author of the 2015 IPRI and Professor of Economics at Universidad Central de Venezuela, together with Mr Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director of Property Rights Alliance.  We will also be discussing protection of property rights in the context of the TPPA.

The TPPA, Economic Growth,


Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Time Agenda (subject to change)
9.30am Arrival of guests and registration
10.00 am Opening Remarks

  • Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO, IDEAS


Introduction to the 2015 IPRI and Property Rights Alliance

  • Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director of Property Rights Alliance


Presentation : 2015 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) Results

  • Professor Sary Levy-Carciente, Author of the 2015 IPRI & Professor of Economics at Universidad Central de Venezuela
10.40am Launch of the 2015 IPRI Index and Photo Opportunity for Press
10.45am Case study presentation by Ganesh Muren, Founder, Saora Industries

  • Saora is a Malaysian Innovative Social Enterprise that specializes in delivering safe and clean drinking water to rural and marginalised communities. Saora has innovated a proprietary solar powered water purification system that is able to purify any surface water (e.g. river water, rain water, pond) to safe clean drinking water through nanotechnology.
  • The competitive advantage of Saora their intellectual property.  They have developed proprietary nanotechnology that replaces the usage of UV light to kill and eliminate bacteria and viruses. The affordability of this new technology developed by Saora makes it appealing and reachable to the poor, those at the “bottom of the pyramid”.
10.55am Presentation of the Intellectual Property Chapter in the TPPA

  • Mr Burhan Irwan Cheong, Lead Negotiator for the IP Chapter, Ministry for Domestic Trade, Cooperatices, and Consumerism.
11.10am Commentaries: Should we be concerned about the IP chapter or will it actually be good for Malaysia’s economic growth?

  • Bienvenido Oplas Jr, Senior Fellow, Southeast Asia Network for Development
12.15 pm End of Event


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