AGRIPRENEURSHIP AS THE GAMECHANGER TOWARDS PROSPERITY FOR ALL

September 18th, 2017

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AN OVERVIEW ON THE ASEAN AGRICULTURE SUMMIT

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, will hold the ASEAN Agriculture Summit at the SMX Convention Center, Manila with the overarching theme of “Agripreneurship: The Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All” on October 4, 2017. The event will be held in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture’s Agrilink: 24th International Agribusiness Exhibition and Seminars from October 5 to 7 at World Trade Center, Manila.

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit is an initiative of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council as its first step forward to bring together and mobilize key ecosystem stakeholders into crafting and actualizing an integrated framework for agripreneurship that is integral to achieving prosperity for all. The summit will focus on informing, inspiring and connecting ASEAN agri ecosystem stakeholders toward adopting and supporting the modernization and industrialization of agriculture thru agripreneurship as a sustainable strategy to alleviate poverty, accelerate growth, and promote rural development throughout the region.

Discussants, reactors policy makers in government, and enablers from the private sector will internalize their roles in this dynamic journey toward achieving prosperity for all by sharing their success stories and challenges as agro enterprises with ongoing business within ASEAN and beyond. And through the summit, they will help initiate the establishment of a regional experts group on agriculture focused on entrepreneurship.

The summit proper will be composed of engaging forums and presentations on the most pertinent subjects in agripreneurship. Speakers will include Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN-BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Executive Director of Center for Food and Agri (CFA) Business in the University of Asia and the Pacific and the Vice President of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Dr. Rolando Dy, and Former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and the President of Inang Lupa Foundation Dr. William Dar.

The four forums will feature thoughtleaders on agripreneurship from the across the ASEAN and beyond. They will tackle the topics of Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise DevelopmentFarm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy, Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business, and Leveraging on Technology and Innovation.

For more information on the ASEAN Agriculture Summit visit  www.aseanagrisummit.com To register, Click Here

“Pitch it ’til you Make It!”

September 18th, 2017

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On September 13, 2017 Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by the Executive Producer and Host of The Final Pitch John Aguilar and contestants Joshua Aragon (Pushkart PH) and Mark Jetro Cababan (Infusions) to talk about the country’s first business reality TV show for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Final Pitch is inspired by Emmy award-winning shows such as the Shark Tank and The Apprentice. It seeks to discover entrepreneurs by giving them access to world-class mentorship and the opportunity to be funded by the show’s four illustrious Investors—the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and Calata Corporation CEO, Joseph Calata; Co-founder of Potato Corner and now Venture Capitalist Jose “Jomag” Magsaysay; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Aguilar shared that the range of contestants come from many countries, however, all have a Filipino partner. The diverse set of entrepreneurs seeking to find their footing in the world of business through winning a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be funded by the investors go through a series of challenges that aims to equip them with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and test their products against real world situations.

Infusions owner Jett shared that he learned a lot about being an entrepreneur and his product during the competition. “The process of pinpointing the problem and then the solution is important in ensuring your business has a market,” Jett said about one of his main takeaways from the show. This process was integral in Jett producing a better version of his product—ready-to-drink fruit-infused water. He initially began the business as a water refilling station. Due to the congestion of that market and high level of competition, Jett needed to pinpoint a specific problem for his product to address. He identified the gap in producing high-quality water and the demand for healthier fruit based drinks. Thus, he innovated the bottled water industry with the intent of  helping local farmers through Infusion’s all-natural beverages. Consequently, he was able to find his market through the ever-growing health conscious demographic in the Philippines.

Another contestant of the show, Pushkart PH’s Joshua Aragon, shared that for his business, it wasn’t difficult to pinpoint the problem and find a market. The integral area that needed to be addressed was on business’ operations and implementation. Pushkart PH is an online grocery shopping platform wherein users may purchase their groceries from a selection online and have it scheduled to be delivered after four hours of ordering from 11 am to 8 pm. Pushkart hopes to free up valuable time of Filipinos who now spend a lot of time going through traffic and long lines in order to do the simple task of grocery shopping. To disrupt the current grocery shopping practices, Pushkart is employing trained shoppers who are educated in the best practices in selecting all types of products in groceries. They have also effectively pitched their idea to several supermarkets and have acquired them as partners. Current payment plans are through credit card or coins.ph and a cash on delivery plan is being worked out. Their group also plans to launch a fresh produce selection soon.

Aguilar emphasized the developments in the products/services of the entrepreneurs learned from the program has helped the participants create sustainable and innovative businesses worth funding. The show also promises to be a gripping and fast-paced take on the world of start-ups and funding with contestants shown dealing with high-pressure situations and taking on various tasks. At the end, only the best-of-the-best receive the coveted prize of receiving funding to further expand their venture.

Tune in to the Final Pitch on the History Channel with premier airings on Saturdays at 7:00 pm and repeat airings on Sundays 8:30 pm and Mondays 7:35 pm.

 

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ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2017: “World Leaders’ Roadmap Towards Prosperity for All”

September 15th, 2017

ABIS 2017 Logo Gold 600pThe ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) is set to be a three-day conference that presents the premiere annual business event of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council that brings attention to the business, investment opportunities, issues, and directions in the ASEAN today. It is organized to serve as a platform for conversations among regional and global stakeholders in the ASEAN Economic Community. These stakeholders are expected to be business leaders, public personalities, entrepreneurs, and entities considered as thought-leaders in their respective fields.

ABIS is the culminating event of the year that highlights the multichannel connectivity, infrastructure development, entrepreneurial empowerment, disruptive innovation, policy directions in trade, issues that affect businesses which the council and its partners have been collectively resolving, and other trendsetting topics that have been the decisive and priority concerns of the leaders today.

It aims to further the interest of achieving the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community 2025 by collective discussions and collaborative efforts.

An estimated 1,700 top level executives representing diverse sectors, distinguished thought leaders, champions and leaders from the government, business, academe and research entities from the region, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurship mentors and enablers. ABIS expects the ASEAN, its partners, and the world.

The ABIS 2017 three-day conference is designed with movable forum blocks with keynote addresses delivered by State Leaders in between topics. Derivative activities such as plenary workshops, series of informal talks, question-and-answer sessions, facilitated conversations, round tables, and other activities are set to tie in with the summit official agenda.

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November 12– ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Launch at the Theater, Solaire
November 13 and 14– ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) Proper at the Solaire Grand Ballroom

A Night to Remember

September 14th, 2017
Jose Concepcion Jr., one of the founding members of ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, was given a special recognition during the ASEAN Business Awards. President Duterte handed the specially-crafted trophy.

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of the founding members of ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, was given a special recognition during the ASEAN Business Awards. President Duterte handed the specially-crafted trophy.

It has been a week since we successfully staged the biggest and grandest ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) since its inception in 2007. For the past 12 years, Go Negosyo has been doing its annual awards to recognize women, youth and other inspiring entrepreneurs because I always believe that these are the people we can draw inspiration from.

Many Filipinos, especially our millennials, are still not aware of what ASEAN is all about. Ambassador Delia Albert, former foreign affairs secretary who is still active in promoting ASEAN, laments over this during my discussion with her. I felt that under the Philippine chairmanship this year, the private sector needs to take that lead in creating awareness and presenting the importance of ASEAN. Considering the fact that it is President Duterte’s first and only international event that will be hosted by the country in the duration of his term since APEC was already hosted in 2016 under president Aquino. The next time we will host APEC will be after 20 years and the next time we will host ASEAN will be in 10 years.

The ABA gala night was so close to perfect. I told Sec. Mon Lopez that the events of DTI with ASEAN BAC as partner and the ASEAN Business Awards, which happened back-to-back, was just perfect in timing. I guess it was the many years of Sec. Mon working for the private sector and as Go Negosyo’s executive director that this partnership has blossomed to what it is today.

The economic ministers, Cabinet members, ambassadors, and the entire entrepreneurship community were awed at by the outcome of the ASEAN Business Awards. Even I was surprised to see the overflowing number of guests, which was close to 1000, and the carefully selected winners of each category. I was even more inspired to be seated beside Mr. John Gokongwei Jr. Talking to him was like receiving a precious mentorship that I will never forget.

And of course, President Duterte supported me all the way in bringing the private sector as a staunch partner of the government. With our teamwork, it will now lead to greater progress. The President was very happy that evening. So many have congratulated us for the success of the event. Sec. Martin Andanar even told me that this was the most impressive ASEAN event for the year. US Ambassador Sung Kim and the economic ministers were all inspired with what transpired during the gala night.

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council chairman with President Duterte and Philippines’ Legacy Awardee John Gokongwei Jr.

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council chairman with President Duterte and Philippines’ Legacy Awardee John Gokongwei Jr.

During my speech, I shared, “Tonight, we honor very inspiring entrepreneurs from different business sectors, many of which started very small. We also honor nine legacy awardees who have shown great commitment to growth and excellence in their respective nations.

“All my life, I’ve looked up to many entrepreneurs who have succeeded and have been an inspiration to me and to the countless of you in this audience. This inspiration is what fuels our drive to succeed, and for every award we receive, the recognition has to be put to good use. It is time that we, who are part of this large business enterprises, give back to those who are not part of the growing economy.”

This is why I said during the ABA, “So I call on all our awardees today to face and accept this challenge. The fastest way towards inclusive growth is to embrace them as part of our supply chain, and as they become part of our supply chain, many of the banks will start to lend. I also call on the banking community, it is time to lend not only to large corporations, but also to many of our struggling entrepreneurs out there, many of who do not have the right collateral or enough collateral, to be able to borrow money.”

As I look back at events that has led me to this role as an entrepreneurship adviser to the President, focusing on MSME development and my role as chair of ASEAN BAC, a role my father had 10 years back, I did not expect that it could happen. It was not a mere coincidence that Sec. Mon Lopez, our former executive director was chosen as President Duterte’s trade secretary. I believe it is destiny and it is God’s plan for all of us. That all roles, may it be big or small, is given to us to help humanity. It is how we take these roles that determines our real faith.

Thank you to all who have made it a memorable night for the awardees, but more importantly may this be a rallying point for all of us to help bring about a better life for many ASEAN citizens who still live below the poverty line.

Business honorees as beacons of innovation and change

September 13th, 2017
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivering his speech in the ASEAN Business Awards 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech addressing the ASEAN Business Awards audience, emphasized the leading role of ASEAN Enterprises of various sized in the growth and prosperity of the region.

“As chair of the ASEAN in its milestone 50th year, I consider it a privilege to usher in a new age in our regional economy. One that is motivated not by the desire for profit, but by the drive for entrepreneurial spirit of our peoples. To recognize the finalists for their outstanding performance in their respective fields, we also acknowledge outstanding companies that made significant social impact through inclusive business models which enable us to achieve inclusive growth and prosperity for all. For serving as the role models of the ASEAN enterprises you have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN Economic Community.”

The President proceeded to rally the call for the honourees present to champion innovation and change for the betterment of all in the ASEAN. Addressing the awardees, President Duterte said that it is now their responsibility to help their fellow entrepreneurs to “do better and achieve more to propel micro entrepreneurs to become small, and the small to become medium, and so on. You are the next breed of role models and I look forward for you to becoming the future mentors.”

Duterte also addressed the other entrepreneurs in the room saying “I also call on entrepreneurs in the region to follow their example and become beacons of innovation and change towards poverty eradication and economic development in your respective countries. Let the accomplishments of our honourees serve as an example for the region the MSMEs are key drivers and contributors to greater employment.”

Lastly, Duterte drives his point home through the call of championing MSME development across the region. “Embrace MSMEs in your supply chains, open up your retail stores, and embrace the small entrepreneurs in the way you do business. We need concrete action if we are to eliminate inequities in the region. That is why it is my fervent hope that all ASEAN Member States would continue to support local businesses through governmental and private endeavours that would make it easier for them grow, flourish, and contribute to the development of our communities and their countries and the entire future.

The fastest way to inclusive growth

September 13th, 2017
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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.”

John Gokongwei Jr. leads ASEAN Legacy Awardees

September 11th, 2017
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The Legacy Awardees from ASEAN: (from left) Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin from Brunei, Rattana Prathoumvan from Laos, Aung Ko Win from Myanmar, Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS from Indonesia, ASEAN-BAC Philippines members George Barcelon and Tessie Sy-Coson, chair Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Ramon Lopez, Sakchai Unchittikul from Thailand, John Gokongwei Jr. from the Philippines, Wee Cho Yaw from Singapore, Goh Peng Ooi from Malaysia, and Le Van Than as the representative of Le Thu Thuy from Vietnam

John Gokongwei Jr. was the only legacy awardee from the Philippines at the 10th ASEAN Business Awards.

Tagged as the biggest and grandest ASEAN awards ceremony, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) hosted the awards last Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Solaire Resort and Casino. This was one of the highly anticipated activities of the yearlong ASEAN@50 celebration in the Philippines.

We welcomed over 900 guests composed of ASEAN economic ministers, government officials, delegates, members of the diplomatic corps and entrepreneurs. Four hundred of our guests flew in from different Asian countries to witness and celebrate this auspicious event of recognizing outstanding ASEAN entrepreneurs and enterprises that have become integral to the growth of the ASEAN economic community.

President Rodrigo Duterte was our guest of honor. He commended the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and the private sector for being “instrumental in realizing our common aspirations of the inclusive growth of our peoples in service and platform to provide valuable guidance and empowering our enterprising entrepreneurs to become the bedrock of a stronger regional economy.”

The ASEAN Business Awards recognized 47 awardees, including special recognition for the ASEAN economic ministers, ASEAN BAC Philippines founding members, and legacy entrepreneurs.

Cultural performers opened the gala night with an ASEAN performance covering all native dances.

Cultural performers opened the gala night with an ASEAN performance covering all native dances.

 

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of the founding members and former chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, received a special recognition from President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, now current ASEAN BAC Philippines chair, Joey Concepcion.

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of the founding members and former chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, received a special recognition from President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, now current ASEAN BAC Philippines chair, Joey Concepcion.

 

Prior to the awarding ceremony, President Duterte shared a chat with ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and legacy awardee of the Philippines John Gokongwei Jr.

Prior to the awarding ceremony, President Duterte shared a chat with ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and legacy awardee of the Philippines John Gokongwei Jr.

 

ASEAN Economic Ministers were all recognized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Country Chairs.

ASEAN Economic Ministers were all recognized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Country Chairs.

 

Gary Valenciano capped off the well-attended awarding ceremony with dance hits and made the audience dance.

Gary Valenciano capped off the well-attended awarding ceremony with dance hits and made the audience dance.

 

President Duterte greeted Mrs. Elizabeth Gokongwei, wife of legacy awardee John Gokongwei Jr. The Gokongwei family had a formal photo opportunity with the President.

President Duterte greeted Mrs. Elizabeth Gokongwei, wife of legacy awardee John Gokongwei Jr. The Gokongwei family had a formal photo opportunity with the President.

 

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala signed the Hand-in-Hand Prosperity Mural. The mural depicted the collective effort of the private and public sectors and big brother-small brothers in the industry to provide prosperity for all across the region.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala signed the Hand-in-Hand Prosperity Mural. The mural depicted the collective effort of the private and public sectors and big brother-small brothers in the industry to provide prosperity for all across the region.

 

Laos Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphitoune, Thailand Ambassador Thanatip Upatising and wife Monthip, George Barcelon and wife Irene, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng.

Laos Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphitoune, Thailand Ambassador Thanatip Upatising and wife Monthip, George Barcelon and wife Irene, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng.

 

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, US Ambassador Sung Kim, and Lance Gokongwei.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, US Ambassador Sung Kim, and Lance Gokongwei.

 

Performers also performed a dance representing Malaysia.

Performers also performed a dance representing Malaysia.

 

Ryan Cayabyab singers belted out a medley of songs.

Ryan Cayabyab singers belted out a medley of songs.

 

Ending the program, all guests raised the ASEAN hands and connected it to one another to show the hand-in-hand partnership of all the ASEAN country members.

Ending the program, all guests raised the ASEAN hands and connected it to one another to show the hand-in-hand partnership of all the ASEAN country members.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte also joined and raised the hand symbols. Also in photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

President Rodrigo Duterte also joined and raised the hand symbols. Also in photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

 

Tony Fernandes, Group Chairman of AirAsia, flew all the way to the Philippines to receive his award. AirAsia won in the Priority Integration Sector – Tourism category.

Tony Fernandes, Group Chairman of AirAsia, flew all the way to the Philippines to receive his award. AirAsia won in the Priority Integration Sector – Tourism category.

 

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Rico Hizon, and PCCI President and ASEAN BAC Philippines council member George Barcelon.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Rico Hizon, and PCCI President and ASEAN BAC Philippines council member George Barcelon.

 

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion called on to all entrepreneurs to include micro entrepreneurs in their value chain to be able to reach inclusive growth.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion called on to all entrepreneurs to include micro entrepreneurs in their value chain to be able to reach inclusive growth.

 

Cultural performances celebrated the diversity of all ASEAN countries.

Cultural performances celebrated the diversity of all ASEAN countries.

 

Performers wore colorful costumes representing each ASEAN country.

Performers wore colorful costumes representing each ASEAN country.

 

Kalilayan Folkloric Group and St. Scholastica Choir performed in the 10th ASEAN Business Awards.

Kalilayan Folkloric Group and St. Scholastica Choir performed in the 10th ASEAN Business Awards.

 

Karen Davila and Rico Hizon hosted the ASEAN Business Awards 2017.

Karen Davila and Rico Hizon hosted the ASEAN Business Awards 2017.

 

Performers also include the Ryan Cayabyab singers.

Performers also include the Ryan Cayabyab singers.

 

Lizzie Razon, Marissa Concepcion, and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala.

Lizzie Razon, Marissa Concepcion, and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala.

 

Teresita Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Tony Fernandes, ES Salvador Medialdea, and PA Joey Concepcion.

Teresita Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Tony Fernandes, ES Salvador Medialdea, and PA Joey Concepcion.

 

Washington Sycip with Alfredo Yao

Washington Sycip with Alfredo Yao.

 

Michael Tan and Joey Concepcion.

Michael Tan and Joey Concepcion.

 

ASEAN Business Advisory Council members also had a photo opportunity with President Rodrigo Duterte.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council members also had a photo opportunity with President Rodrigo Duterte.

ASEAN Business Awards 2017 the Grandest Celebration to Date

September 11th, 2017

 

President Rodrigo Duterte and ASEAN-BAC Chair Joey Concepcion conferred honorary awards to the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez along with the present ASEAN-BAC members. (L-R, Front) The Hon. Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, H.E. Khemmani Pholsena, H.E. Dato’ Sri Musatapa Mohamed, H.E. Lim Hng Kiang, Director General of Cambodian Ministry of Commerce Sim Sokheng, President Rodrigo Duterte, H.E. Ramon M. Lopez, Director General of Thai Department of Trade Negotiations Boonyarit Kalayanmit, H.E. Kyaw Win, H.E. Enggartiasto Lukita, Vietnam Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade Tran Quoc Khanh. (L-R, Back) Lisa Ibrahim, Oudet Souvannavong, Dr. Munir Majid, Dr. Robert Yap, Sok Piseth, Chair Joey Concepcion, Arin Jira, Moe Kyaw, Annanga Roosdiono, Kith Meng.

President Rodrigo Duterte and ASEAN-BAC Chair Joey Concepcion conferred honorary awards to the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez along with the present ASEAN-BAC members. (L-R, Front) The Hon. Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, H.E. Khemmani Pholsena, H.E. Dato’ Sri Musatapa Mohamed, H.E. Lim Hng Kiang, Director General of Cambodian Ministry of Commerce Sim Sokheng, President Rodrigo Duterte, H.E. Ramon M. Lopez, Director General of Thai Department of Trade Negotiations Boonyarit Kalayanmit, H.E. Kyaw Win, H.E. Enggartiasto Lukita, Vietnam Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade Tran Quoc Khanh. (L-R, Back) Lisa Ibrahim, Oudet Souvannavong, Dr. Munir Majid, Dr. Robert Yap, Sok Piseth, Chair Joey Concepcion, Arin Jira, Moe Kyaw, Annanga Roosdiono, Kith Meng.

MANILA: September 6, 2017—47 awardees were unveiled by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), led by its current Chair Joey Concepcion, in the grandest celebration yet in its 10th year history at the Solaire Grand Casino and Resort. The finalists will also be given the chance to become scholars in the ASEAN Global Leadership Program next year.

“Today, we honor top entrepreneurs—many of whom started small. And today, we honor legacy awardees, many of whom we have all looked up to. For every awardee, this recognition must be put into good use. I call on the awardees today to embrace the micro and small entrepreneurs into your value chains.” said Chair Concepcion as he opened the awarding ceremony. Concepcion also emphasized the value of mentorship and inclusive business models in championing prosperity for all across the region.

The guests made up a virtual Forbes list of Asian business leaders as well as the most interesting women, youth, and innovative entrepreneurs. A good number of government officials and members of the diplomatic corps were in attendance, along with the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez who will be honored by the Council.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced the event and gave a speech urging the ASEAN nations and business leaders to embrace MSMEs. “The ASEAN Business Advisory Council has been instrumental in realizing our common aspiration of serving the growth of our people. I call on entrepreneurs to follow their examples to become beacons of innovation for poverty eradication and economic development. We also challenge those who have achieved success to embrace the MSMEs.”

Legacy Awardee from Philippines John Gokongwei, Jr. recieving his ASEAN Business Award. (L-R) George Barcelon, Tessie Sy-Coson, Chair Joey Cotncepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, John Gokongwei, Jr., and Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Legacy Awardee from Philippines John Gokongwei, Jr. recieving his ASEAN Business Award.

ounding Council Member of ASEAN-BAC Jose Concepcion Jr. receives his honorary award from President Rodrigo Duterte assisted by ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

Founding Council Member of ASEAN-BAC Jose Concepcion Jr. receives his honorary award from President Rodrigo Duterte assisted by ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

A total of 518 delegates, some flying  in from across Asia and beyond, attended to witness the biggest awarding ceremony in ASEAN.  Among the business greats who attended were Legacy Awardees John Gokongwei (JG Summit) from the Philippines, Singapore’s Wee Cho Yaw (United Overseas Bank), and Malaysia’s Goh Peng Ooi (Silverlake Axis); Inclusive Business Winner Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen Inc.) from the Philippines, Priority Integration Sector in Tourism Winner Tony Fernandes (Air Asia) from Malaysia, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics Philippines), and ASEAN-BAC Philippines Members George Barcelon (Philippine Chamber of Commerce Chair) and Teresita Sy-Coson (SM Investments Corporation Philippines).

The ASEAN Business Awards has consistently brought the spotlight to the promising and outstanding ASEAN companies that have the potential of becoming global economic players. Attended yearly by the top business players in the region and beyond, the awards continue to propagate progress and business leadership.

ME Excellence Awardees (L-R) Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation) SME Excellence Awardee for Corporate Social Responsibity, Ms. Cinthy Yar representing Dr. Khin Maung Lwin (FAME Pharmaceuticals) SME Excellence Awardee for Innovation, Mr. Robert Liu representing Dato Jasudasen Thambynathan (Zico Holdings) SME Excellence Awardee for Employment, and Nasha Jungkankul (Kunna) for Growth.

SME Excellence Awardees (L-R) Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation) SME Excellence Awardee for Corporate Social Responsibity, Ms. Cinthy Yar representing Dr. Khin Maung Lwin (FAME Pharmaceuticals) SME Excellence Awardee for Innovation, Mr. Robert Liu representing Dato Jasudasen Thambynathan (Zico Holdings) SME Excellence Awardee for Employment, and Nasha Jungkankul (Kunna) for Growth.

Sirina Sisombat-Hervy (Sinouk Coffee) from Lao PDR beams with pride as the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee.

Sirina Sisombat-Hervy (Sinouk Coffee) from Lao PDR beams with pride as the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee.

Udenna Corporation’s Dennis Uy holds up his trophy as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Udenna Corporation’s Dennis Uy holds up his trophy as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Teodoro Ferrer with Jaime Zobel de Ayala receiving the Inclusive Business Award.

Teodoro Ferrer with Jaime Zobel de Ayala receiving the Inclusive Business Award.

Awardees of the ASEAN Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards (L-R) Tony Fernandes (AirAsia - Tourism), Vidjongtius (PT Kalbe Farma - Healthcare), Paul Rodriguez (Asian Marine Transport Corporation - Transport), Mr. Edward Yip representing Kuang Sia Lim (Kossan Rubber Industries - Rubber), Bernie Liu (Golden ABC - Retail), Olivia Limpe-Aw (Disteleria Limtuaco - Agri Food), and Pedro Delantar, Jr. (Nature’s Legacy - Wood-Based).

Awardees of the ASEAN Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards (L-R) Tony Fernandes (AirAsia – Tourism), Vidjongtius (PT Kalbe Farma – Healthcare), Paul Rodriguez (Asian Marine Transport Corporation – Transport), Mr. Edward Yip representing Kuang Sia Lim (Kossan Rubber Industries – Rubber), Bernie Liu (Golden ABC – Retail), Olivia Limpe-Aw (Disteleria Limtuaco – Agri Food), and Pedro Delantar, Jr. (Nature’s Legacy – Wood-Based).

ABA 2017 Legacy Awardees from across the ASEAN (L-R) Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin (Brunei), Rattana Prathoumvan (Lao PDR), Aung Ko Win (Myanmar), Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS (Indonesia), Sakchai Unchittikul (Thailand), John Gokongwei Jr., (Philippines), Wee Cho Yaw (Singapore), Goh Peng Ooi (Malaysia), and Le Van Than as the representative of Le Thu Thuy (Vietnam).

ABA 2017 Legacy Awardees from across the ASEAN (L-R) Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin (Brunei), Rattana Prathoumvan (Lao PDR), Aung Ko Win (Myanmar), Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS (Indonesia), Sakchai Unchittikul (Thailand), John Gokongwei Jr., (Philippines), Wee Cho Yaw (Singapore), Goh Peng Ooi (Malaysia), and Le Van Than as the representative of Le Thu Thuy (Vietnam).


LIST OF ABA 2017 AWARDEES:

SME EXCELLENCE AWARDS WINNERS

GROWTH: Kunna Groceries Co. Ltd. with Nasha Jungkankul (THAILAND);
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:  Lamoiyan Corporation with Cecilio Pedro (PHILIPPINES)
EMPLOYMENT:  Zico Holdings Inc. with Dato Jasudasen Thambynathan (SINGAPORE);
INNOVATION: FAME Pharmaceuticals Industry Company Limited with Dr. Khin Maung Lwin (MYANMAR);

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD WINNER
Dennis Uy of Udenna Corporation (PHILIPPINES)

WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD WINNER
Sirina Sisombat-Hervy of Sinouk Coffee (LAO PDR)

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AWARD WINNER
Teodoro Ferrer of Erikagen Inc. (PHILIPPINES)

FRIENDS OF ASEAN WINNERS
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. – Philippine Branch, with Anna Green (AUSTRALIA);
Prudential Corporation Asia, with Nicolaos Nicolandrou (HONG KONG); and
Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd., with Martin Hayes (GERMANY).

GREEN TECHNOLOGY AWARD WINNER
Imperial Homes Corporation, Emma Imperial (PHILIPPINES)

MOST PROMISING AWARD WINNERS
Printmartz Advertising, Adrian Tan Vui Shung (BRUNEI);
Wing Ltd. Specialised Bank, Jojo Malolos (CAMBODIA);
Phouvong Jewelry, Phouvong Phamisith (LAOS);
Myanmar ComBiz Trading Co., Aung Soe Tha (MYANMAR); and
Nghia Nippers Corporation, Thi Thu Huang Nguyen (VIETNAM).

PRIORITY INTEGRATION SECTOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS WINNERS
e-ASEAN: DeClout Limited, Kok Khun Wong (SINGAPORE);
LOGISTICS: Asian Marine Transport Corp., Paul Rodriguez (PHILIPPINES);
WOOD-BASED: Nature’s Legacy Eximport, Pedro Delantar (PHILIPPINES);
RUBBER: Kossan Rubber Industries, Kuang Sia Lim (MALAYSIA);
AGRI FOOD: Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Olivia Limpe-Aw (PHILIPPINES);
HEALTHCARE: PT Kalbe Farma, Vidjongtius (INDONESIA);
TOURISM: Air Asia, Tony Fernandes (MALAYSIA); and
RETAIL: Golden ABC, Bernie Liu (PHILIPPINES).

LEGACY AWARD WINNERS
Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin, Adinin Group of Companies (BRUNEI);
Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS, GarudaFood (INDONESIA);
Rattana Prathoumvan, EDL Generation Public Company (LAOS);
Goh Peng Ooi, Silverlake Axis Limited (MALAYSIA);
Aung Ko Win, Kanbawza Bank (MYANMAR);
John Gokongwei Jr., JG Summit Holdings Inc. (PHILIPPINES).
Wee Cho Yaw, United Overseas Bank (SINGAPORE); and
Sakchai Unchittikul, Srichiengmai Industry Company (THAILAND);
Le Thu Thuy, BRG Group, (VIETNAM).

ASEAN Business Awards 2017 Legacy Awardees

August 31st, 2017
John Gokongwei Jr. will be one of the legacy awardees in the upcoming ASEAN Business Awards on Sept. 6.

John Gokongwei Jr. will be one of the legacy awardees in the upcoming ASEAN Business Awards on Sept. 6.

John Gokongwei Jr. one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, will be given a legacy award by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in the upcoming ASEAN Business Awards Gala Night on September 6. Legacy awardees are iconic entrepreneurs who helped shape and strengthen not just their national economies but also made positive impact to the ASEAN Economic Community. They are those whose commitment and perseverance led them to their success today.

For aspiring and young entrepreneurs, Mr. Gokongwei is definitely one of the idols in the business community. I’m sure many entrepreneurs today admire his wisdom and passion.

But before becoming the Philippines’ 2nd richest man, he started small in the province of Cebu.

Gokongwei’s family was one of the richest families in Cebu back in the day. His grandfather, Pedro Gotiaoco operated one of biggest trading firms while his father owned the largest cinema house in the province. Unfortunately, his father died and the family lost everything.

With only a few pesos, he started selling threads, soaps, and candles in the local market of Cebu. Eventually, he expanded his business by selling rice, corns and other goods that can be traded. He would even travel via batel, a small sail-powered outrigger, to Lucena to sell Cebuano products. By the time the war ended, he had a sum of 40,000, a substantial amount at that time.

John Gokongwei Jr. then opened his first company, Amasia, which imports textile, flour, onions, magazines, and used clothing from US. This could be considered as the first ukay-ukay (secondhand) shop in the country.

In 1954, he started the Universal Corn Products in Manila which manufactures cornstarch, a raw material needed in other products such as beer, ice cream, and paper. This is now known as the Universal Robina Corporation. Competitions are considered as challenges. John Gokongwei Jr. and his company Consolidated Food Corporation which launched the coffee Blend 45 competed with the giants, Procter and Gamble and Nestlé.

This then launched the successful business of the Gokongwei family. The family diversified into different industries such as retail, real estate, publishing, petrochemicals, textiles, banking, food manufacturing, and airline. In 1992, the JG Summit Holdings was established.

John Gokongwei Jr. is not afraid to venture into new business opportunities. Back in 1990s, he considered opening a low-cost carrier airline after seeing the success of Southwest Airlines. Philippine Airlines dominated the market but he is sure that this new venture would become successful. Cebu Pacific, now the county’s number one airline, has connected Filipinos through budget-friendly domestic and international flights.

His children – Lance, Robina, Lisa, Hope, Faith and Marcia are all involved in the family business.  Lance who is the President of JG Summit Holdings shared in his interview for the Go Negosyo book: 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion, “I was running the food business at that time. And when he asked me if I knew anyone, I knew he was indirectly asking me if I could help.” Lance now leads Cebu Pacific as its President and CEO.

Today, the group distributes manufactured food in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Aside from John Gokongwei Jr., Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin of Adinin Group of Companies (Brunei) will also be a legacy awardee. Adinin Group of companies started in 1982 which was solely a trading company but today, it has diversified their profile and product offering in industries such as manufacturing, interior design, information technology, travel agencies, and manpower.

Garuda Food led by its chairman Bp Sudhamek AWS is also considered as an icon entrepreneur in Indonesia. Sudhamek is the Ernst & Young Indonesia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004. Garuda Food manufactures snacks, biscuits, confectioneries, basic food and dairy all throughout Indonesia.

Rattana Prathoumvan, managing director and CEO of EDL Generation Public Company (Laos), will receive an award as well as one of the inspiring legacy entrepreneurs in the region. Her company engages in the generation and wholesale of electricity.

Silverlake Axis Limited’s Founder and Executive Chairman Goh Peng Ooi (Malaysia) has led the company to its success today. Silverlak Axis Limited is a provider of digital economy solutions and services to banking, insurance, retail and other industries. The company is now a multi-billion-dollar organization represented in 20 countries.

Another legacy awardee is Aung Ko Win, Chairman of KBZ Group. He founded the company in 1994 and is one of the largest privately owned diversified group of companies in Myanmar. They are present in various industries including manufacturing, finance, aviation, insurance, agriculture, and real estate among others.

Wee Cho Yaw is the chairman emeritus and adviser of the Singapore’s 3rd largest lender, Universal Overseas Bank. The company was founded by his father but he eventually took over and ran it for three decades. United Overseas Bank is the market leader in credit card and home loan businesses. It also offers loans for small and medium enterprises in Singapore.

Thailand’s Sakchai Unchittikul of Srichiengmai Industry Company will also be awarded. Srichiengmai Industry was the first manufacturer of tomato products in Thailand which started in 1978. Today, the company has also been exporting to Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

And last but not the least, Le Thu Tuy, Vice Chairwoman of BRG Group is also part of the roster of legacy awardees. Thu Tuy was named as 2016’s Most Active Banking Leader of the Year by the International Finance Magazine. BRG Group is a multi sector economic group which is involved in real estate, finance, hospitality and commerce.

Because of these entrepreneurs’ outstanding and inspiring entrepreneurial journey, it is befitting to recognize them as our legacy awardees. They have become icons of the business community across the ASEAN region.

We will recognize other awardees for various categories in the ASEAN Business Awards. We are all excited to name this year’s awardees!

THE ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS PRESENTS THE REGIONAL FINALISTS

August 28th, 2017
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The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be held on September 6, 2017.

MANILA: August 25, 2017—The ASEAN-Business Advisory Council and participating pool of official regional judges announces the regional finalists for the 2017 ASEAN Business Awards, the South East Asian region’s most prestigious and business awarding event for large and small enterprises alike.

This year, the Official Judges Committee coursed through more than 200 applications from across the region. From this pool, over 70 applicants have emerged as the regional finalists. On September 6, the Council will reveal the 27 awardees who have been determined as the victors in their respective categories of SME Excellence (Growth, CSR, Innovation and Employment), Priority Integration Sectors Excellence (E-ASEAN ICT, Logistics, Wood-based, Rubber, Agri-food, Healthcare, Tourism, and Retail), Special Awards (Eco Green, Friends of ASEAN), Women Entrepreneur, Young Entrepreneur, and the new categories of Most Promising, Inclusive Business and Legacy.

The winners and special awardees will be presented with a trophy sculpted by the award-winning and well known artist Jaime Nepomuceno. The masterpiece called “hand-in-hand” signifies the connection of all companies in the ASEAN region as brothers working towards prosperity for all.

Here is the list of the best and brightest enterprises who have emerged as catalysts for business leadership and development:

SME EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALISTS

The finalists who will be recognized for the sub-category of GROWTH are:

•    Dato’ Lee Wai Kok, Savan Pacifica Development Co., Ltd. (LAOS);

•    Noor Mohd Helmi Bin Nong Hadzmi, IX Telecom Sdn Bhd (MALAYSIA);

•    Dr. Thein Naing, Zenith Treasure Trading Co., Ltd. (MYANMAR);

•    Dr. Maynoll Montalbo, Mont Albo Wellness Corporation (PHILIPPINES); and

•    Nasha Jungkankul, Kunna Groceries Co. Ltd. (THAILAND).

The finalists who will be recognized for the sub-category of CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY are:

•    Ramasamy Aravendashan, VG Offshore Containers International (MALAYSIA);

•    Zarni Htwe, Adventure Myanmar Tours and Incentives (MYANMAR);

•    Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corporation (PHILIPPINES); and

•    Fang Koh Look of Absolute Kinetics Consultancy (AKC) Pte. Ltd. (SINGAPORE).

The finalists who will be recognized for the sub-category of EMPLOYMENT are:

•    Hong Leang Y, Lotus Green Team Co., Ltd. (CAMBODIA);

•    Natural Health Farm Marketing led by Vernon Tee (MALAYSIA);

•    Dr. Aung Kyaw Win, Jewel Collection Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (MYANMAR);

•    John Titan, Titan Barong of Lumban (PHILIPPINES); and

•    Dato Jasudasen Thambynathan, Zico Holdings Inc. (SINGAPORE).

The finalists who will be recognized for the sub-category of INNOVATION are:

•    Vantha Kheng, Biz Solutions Inc. (CAMBODIA);

•    Sirina Hervy, Sinuok Coffee (LAOS);

•    Dato’ Zakri Abdullah Kuah, Builders Biomass Sdn Bhd (MALAYSIA);

•    Dr. Khin Maung Lwin, FAME Pharmaceuticals Industry Company Limited (MYANMAR);

•    Lester Yu, Fruitas Group (PHILIPPINES);

•    Sarapee Yuadyong, Chiwadi Product Co., Ltd. (THAILAND).

 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD FINALISTS

The finalists who will be recognized for this category are:

•    Okhna Sok Piseth, G Gear Co. Ltd. (CAMBODIA);

•    Kevyn Mcgraw, ASEAN Contact Center (LAOS);

•    Raj Ridvan Singh, Science of Life Systems 247 Sdn. Bhd. (MALAYSIA);

•    Aung Zaw Oo, Aung Naing Yoma Thitsar Co.(MYANMAR);

•    Dennis Uy, Udenna Corporation (Philippines);

•    Chew Boon Thong, Chew Group Holding Pte. Ltd. (SINGAPORE); and

•    Asada Thepyos, Quality Plus Aesthetic International (THAILAND).


WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD FINALISTS

The finalists who will be recognized for this category are:

•    Seng Takakneary, Sentosa Silk (CAMBODIA);

•    Sirina Hervy, Sinouk Coffee (LAOS);

•    Dr. Jessie Chung, Natural Health Farm Marketing Sdn. Bhd. (MALAYSIA);

•    Htet Yie Win, Brand You Co. Ltd., (MYANMAR);

•    Evelyn Palomo, Great Image Service Corporation (PHILIPPINES);

•    Juthamad Yangyuen, DE Empress (THAILAND); and

•    Dang Thi Thanh Van, Savvycom Joint Stock Company (VIETNAM).


INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AWARD FINALISTS

The companies and their respective representatives who will be recognized under this category are:

•    Batik Boutique, Amy Blair (MALAYSIA);

•    Coffee for Peace, Felicitas Pantoja (PHILIPPINES);

•    Siam Organic, Peetachai Dejkraisak (THAILAND);

•    KP Company Limited, Sunepha Detvongsa (LAOS);

•    Erikagen Inc., Teodoro Ferrer (PHILIPPINES); and

•    Olam International, Neelamani Muthukumar (SINGAPORE).


MOST PROMISING AWARD FINALISITS

The companies and their respective representatives who will be recognized under this category are:

•    Printmartz Advertising, Adrian Tan Vui Shung (BRUNEI);

•    Wing Ltd. Specialised Bank, led by Jojo Malolos (CAMBODIA);

•    Phouvong Jewelry, Phouvong Phamisith (LAOS);

•    Myanmar ComBiz Trading Co., Aung Soe Tha (MYANMAR); and

•    Nghia Nippers Corporation, Thi Thu Huang Nguyen (VIETNAM).


SPECIAL AWARDS FINALISTS

The finalists who will be recognized for the special award of FRIENDS OF ASEAN are:

•    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group led by Anna Green (AUSTRALIA);

•    Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte. Ltd. led by Martin Hayes (GERMANY); and

•    Prudential Corporation Asia led by Nicolaos Nicandrou (HONG KONG).

*The lone finalist and winner of the GREEN TECHNOLOGY AWARD will be announced during the ASEAN Business Awards.

 

LEGACY AWARD WINNERS

The finalists who will be recognized for this category are:

•    Rattana Prathoumvan, EDL Generation Public Company (LAOS);

•    Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS, GraudaFood (INDONESIA);

•    Goh Peng Ooi, Silverlake Axis Limited (MALAYSIA);

•    Aung Ko Win, KBZ Group (MYANMAR);

•    Wee Cho Yaw, United Overseas Bank (SINGAPORE);

•    Sakchai Unchittikul, Srichiengmai Industry Company (THAILAND);

•    Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin, Adinin Group of Companies (BRUNEI);

•    Le Thu Thuy,  BRG Group and SeABank (VIETNAM); and

•    John Gokongwei Jr., JG Summit Holdings Inc. (PHILIPPINES).


PRIORITY INTEGRATION SECTOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALISTS

The companies and their respective representatives who will be recognized under this category are:

•    DeClout Limited, Kok Khun Wong (Singapore),

•    Asian Marine Transport Corporation, Paul Rodriguez (Philippines),

•    Nature’s Legacy Eximport, Pedro Delantar, Jr. (Philippines),

•    Kossan Rubber Industries, Kuang Sia Lim (Malaysia),

•    Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Olivia Limpe-Aw (Philippines),

•    PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, Vidjongtius (Indonesia),

•    AirAsia, Tony Fernandes (Malaysia), and

•    Golden ABC, Bernie Liu (Philippines).

The finalists for the ASEAN Business Awards will be joined by an audience of top government executives across the ASEAN, business leaders and enablers, and thought-leaders who will come together to celebrate those who have brought progress and development through their excellent business leadership and practices.

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