ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion called on business leaders to embrace the challenge of inclusive growth during the ASEAN Business Awards last September 6, 2017.

In his opening remarks, Concepcion began by thanking and addressing all the attendees of the event which ranged from the industrialists, government executives and diplomats from across the ASEAN. He then proceeds to give recognition to the awardees that were to be honored that night, of whom, Concepcion says, much is expected from.

“And for every award we receive, the recognition has to be put to good use. It is time — and many of you are part of a large business enterprise — that we give back to many of those who are not part of a growing economy. Countless entrepreneurs in the Philippines and many ASEAN countries, belong to the micro and small sector. Secretary Ramon Lopez and myself for the past twelve years have been pursuing the vision of really equalizing and giving every struggling entrepreneur out there a chance to at least, one day, be seated at this table.”

The Council Chair then touched on the value of mentorship in the mission towards prosperity for all, citing his father, Jose Concepcion, Jr, who was given an honorary award that night, as his personal mentor. John Gokongwei was also mentioned in his speech as a prime example of business leadership and the power of mentorship as evidenced by the empire he has built in JG Summit and his children who continue his legacy.

The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network was also a highlight in the Chair’s speech, stating that “[we want to] build the largest mentorship base that will be able to help us enable every micro entrepreneur not just to become a survival entrepreneur, but to become sustainable and eventually grow. So I call on all awardees today, to face this challenge, and accept this challenge, and embrace many of these entrepreneurs into your own ecosystem. The fastest way towards inclusive growth is to embrace them as part of our supply chain.”