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On to ASEAN 100: Perspectives of The World Today and Beyond

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Halfway through a century, state and business leaders are set to examine the region’s business outlook and investment opportunities at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017.

This year’s business and investments summit is a significant gathering for the ASEAN community where it can evaluate its performance as a regional bloc and assess the key investment areas with the global audience in the 2-day summit to be held in Manila.

With vital changes occurring in the region, ASEAN’s 50th year serves as a milestone to look at what lies ahead for the ASEAN and the world.

Notably, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has a combined gross domestic product of $2.4 trillion, currently the third fastest growing major Asian economy after China and India.

In 2015, ASEAN’s total trade amounted to US$2.3 trillion, which accounts  for 7.6% share of the world’s total trade, placing fourth after China with 13.8%, USA with 13.6% and Germany with 8.0%.

While the intra-ASEAN investment remained stable accounting for 18.4% of ASEAN net foreign direct investment inflows compared to 17.0% in 2014, FDI inflows in ASEAN declined by 7% from US$130 billion in 2014 to US$121 billion in 2015.

What makes for these changes and developments? How does the democratization of processes and liberalization of economies influenced the growth of urban areas in the region? How can the region have a sustainable and inclusive influx of investments?

ABIS hopes to address these questions in the first forum,  ‘On to ASEAN 100: Perspectives of The World Today and Beyond’  which will be comprised of multilateral leaders, former heads of governments and states, scholars, investors, and citizens who will share their outlook on ASEAN’s position for growth and leadership.

In retrospect, the region has had experienced a fair share of both challenges and triumphs since its foundation and decades after the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis, the ASEAN remains as a cohesive region collectively seeking to address the economic problems and sociopolitical issues it faces.

The long-standing mission of member-states to achieve regional integration and connectivity evidences the creation of a roadmap towards prosperity for all.

ASEAN’s position as the hub of the East Asian region is supported by efforts to deepen and widen regional connectivity. Analysts suggest that broader connectivity with its global partners can strengthen ASEAN’s expanding reach in the long-run.

This forum is anchored on the ASEAN Master Plan which boldly envisions  securing a connected ASEAN, through an enhanced physical infrastructure development or physical connectivity, by effective institutional arrangements or institutional connectivity and via empowered people or people-to-people connectivity. This three-fold agenda requires not only the development of new strategies and institutions, but also investment in more effective implementation of existing and future initiatives.

ABIS  2017 is  the biggest and most prestigious business event in ASEAN  set to be a two-day conference presented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council which will bring attention to the business, investment opportunities, global issues, and key strategic directions that impact on business opportunities for ASEAN member nations today.

To join ABIS 2017, register now at www.abis2017.com

Join ABIS 2017 and Take Part in Turning Prosperity for All into Reality

Monday, October 16th, 2017
The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) is set to be a two-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.

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) is set to be a two-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.

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 is the premier annual business forum of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council. As the apex private sector partner of ASEAN, the Council designed the summit to be the ideal platform for conversation among regional and global stakeholders and thought leaders working to strengthen the ASEAN Economic Community. With the theme “World Leaders’ Roadmap Towards Prosperity for All’ the summit aligns with the Prosperity for All thrust of the Council under the Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN@50.

Held in Solaire Resort and Casino on the 13th to 14th of November 2017, the summit will be set against the backdrop of one of Manila’s finest luxury hotels and in anticipation of the ASEAN Leaders Summit and related meetings. Speakers at the event will include heads of governments and C-level executives from global businesses & think tanks. The audience will be an aggregate of corporate leaders, government executives, MSMEs, youth & women leaders, and various enablers.

The two-day summit aims to provide its vast audience with key insights for them to effectively leverage on the burgeouing economy of the ASEAN through forums tackling multi-channel connectivity, infrastructure development, entrepreneurial empowerment, disruptive innovation, and entrepreneurship in the digital economy. Small and micro enterprises and youth entrepreneurs alike can greatly benefit from the wealth of discussions which will provide market insights and information on emerging technological and policy advances that can inspire and motivate this demographic. Women entrepreneurs are also given primacy as the event recognizes their empowerment as crucial to unleashing the group’s latent economic capacity which can propel the ASEAN into becoming an economic powerhouse. Lastlly, the event opens it doors to enablers eager to take part in the private-public mission to engender prosperity for all in the region.

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 envisions inclusive and sustainable progress among the region’s businesses and entrepreneurs, indiscriminate of any field or scale. Join the movement towards creating greater prosperity for all—register now at www.abis2017.com

(All submissions will be subject for review by the ABIS 2017 Secretariat. A notification email will be sent by the Secretariat on the payment procedures once their slot reservation is confirmed.)

3 Reasons Why You Should Join the ASEAN Agriculture Summit

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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The ASEAN Agriculture Summit is less than a week away, and many have already signed up for the monumental business event that will spotlight Agribusiness as the Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All. If you’re still on the fence about attending the event, here are three reasons why you should go:

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1) Discover top trends and innovations shaking up the agri sector

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit will be a first for the region wherein the public and private sector will gather together to share their insights on this integral sector. Here, the most important and relevant happenings in agriculture will be put forward, and you as the delegate will be the first to be in the know.

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2) Learn from the greatest minds in agribusiness

The four forums will be jam-packed with panelists from all over the ASEAN who will impart both technical knowledge on agriculture and business advice for agripreneurs. With the wealth of knowledge our diverse panel will offer, delegates will be primed to position themselves for success!

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3) We are still accepting WALK-INS

If you missed the registration deadline, don’t worry! We are still accepting walk-ins on the day of the event. Just prepare your delegate fee of Php1,500 and a valid ID.

Be part of the ASEAN’s vision for prosperity for all and join the ASEAN Agriculture Summit on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

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

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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The 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

Business honorees as beacons of innovation and change

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.”

ASEAN Business Awards 2017 the Grandest Celebration to Date

Monday, 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).

THE ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS PRESENTS THE REGIONAL FINALISTS

Monday, 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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ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 REGIONAL DELIBERATIONS CONCLUDED

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion together with the ASEAN Business Awards team led by ABA Chair Jopin Romero with them are the ABA official judges.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion together with the ASEAN Business Awards team led by ABA Chair Jopin Romero with them are the official judges of ABA.

MAKATI: August 15, 2017—The ASEAN Business Advisory Council recently concluded its hosting of the regional deliberations for the ASEAN Business Awards at the Dusit Thani Hotel. The judges coursed through 224 applications from across the ASEAN region to come up with the final list of 16 winners in the categories of SME Excellence Awards (Growth, CSR, Innovation and Employment), Priority Integration Sectors Excellence Awards (Fisheries, Electronics, E-ASEAN ICT, Textiles, Logistics, Wood-based, Rubber, Agri-food, Healthcare, Tourism, Automotive, and Retail), Special Awards (Eco Green, Friends of Asean), Women Entrepreneur Award, Young Entrepreneur Award, and the two new categories of Legacy and Inclusive Business.

The official judges committee were composed of business leaders and enablers in their respective home countries. They esteemed judges are Soon Loo (CEO, Brunei Economic Development Board), Kuy Vat (CEO, VTRUST Group), Dr. Agus Purwadianto (Professor Universitas Indonesia), Phosy Chanming, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D (Deputy Director of Research and Academic Service Office, National University of Laos), Prof. Datuk Marimuthu (President, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association), Dr. Aung Thura (Executive Committee Member and Secretary, UMFCCI; Founder & CEO, Thura Swiss), Tay Woon Teck (Managing Director, Risk Advisory, RSM), Dr. Suthad Setboonsarng (Independent Director), Dr. Pham Thi Thu Hang (Secretary General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry), and the Philippines Committee Chair Marife Zamora (Chairperson, Convergys, Philippines; President, MAP).

The decided upon winners of the prestigious ASEAN Business Awards will officially be awarded on September 6, 2017 at the Solaire Casino and Resort which will be attended by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, other top government officials and the ASEAN Economic Ministers.

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The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) aims to recognize the outstanding ASEAN enterprises in the region. It brings to the spotlight businesses that have contributed in the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy and have the potential to become global economic players in their respective industries.

The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be on September 6, 2017!

Visit our official website here: https://www.aba2017.com/

ASEAN now likely 6th Largest Economy in the World

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and current ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion attended the recently held ASEAN@50 Conference in Malaysia. The Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez was also at the event wherein he gave the Keynote Address. The event was followed by the ASEAN Commemorative Dinner & Achievement Awards where Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in attendance.

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Recent estimates suggest that Asean is now the sixth largest economy globally, as opposed to the seventh between 1975 and 2016, says the Prime Minster.

Najib said this rise in position also indicates Malaysia’s resilience in a challenging global environment.

“The Malaysian economy too has demonstrated its strength in recent years. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development have issued reports commending the government’s sound macroeconomic management and success in transforming the economy into one that is well-diversified and inclusive,” he said in his keynote speech at the Asean@50 Commemorative Dinner and Achievement Awards, here today.

The event was hosted by the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-BAC) Malaysia, and Najib was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, as well as International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Najib said between 2009 and 2016, Malaysia’s Gross National Income increased by nearly 50 per cent and 2.26 million jobs were created.

“Malaysia’s inflation and unemployment have been kept low and we have secured record levels of Foreign Direct Investments, when opponents keep trying to scare people, that Malaysia is going bankrupt,” he added.

According to Najib, businesses would not be investing in Malaysia, if they felt that way, citing Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation investing over RM1 billion to build its future regional headquarters at the Tun Razak Exchange.

This is alongside Saudi Aramco investing US$7 billion for a 50 per cent stake in Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development in Johor, he said.

He said in addition, jobs had been created, wages lifted and skills transferred, which was good for investors and for Malaysians.

“We had a plan and that plan has delivered, and continues to deliver,” Najib added.

The dinner brought together 600 guests, not just from Malaysia, but from the Asean region and beyond. —ASEAN-BAC Malaysia

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ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.