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Winners Circle: A Look into Previous ABA Awardees from Each ASEAN State

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Since 2007, the ASEAN Business Awards has already honoured and celebrated a diverse set of 174 outstanding businesses across the region. Every year, the awards only get bigger and grander as prosperity and awareness is beginning to grow in the region. Awardees span across different fields and represent unique and strong companies that are propelling the ASEAN economy. This year, the Philippines serves as the host of the of the ASEAN Business Awards 10th year and has introduced a new category — the Inclusive Business Award. The anticipation continues to grow for the announcement of the newest batch of ABA awardees on September 6, 2017, at the Okada Hotel in Manila. As the wait ensues, lets look back at previous winners who have made their homeland proud by exhibiting exemplary business leadership and ingenuity:

1) Anusia Ramsamy
Women Entrepreneur Award (2016) — MALAYSIA

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Anusia Ramsamy is the Sales and Marketing Director of VG Offshore Containers International, the largest manufacturer of container units in Malaysia and amongst the largest in the world. A 2nd generation leader of the family business, Ms. Ramsamy joined the family business initially set-up by her father in 2006. On her first year in the business, she was able to lead the company sales to increase by an astounding 41%. To date, her leadership has grown the company’s revenue by 600% and their customer base by sevenfold.

Ms. Ramsamy’s exemplary leadership at VG Offshore Containers International has exponentially transformed the company from a medium-sized family enterprise to an internationally recognized one. The outstanding manufacturing company is poised for greater growth in the near future with Ms. Ramsamy at the helm.

2) Sunlight Foods Corporation
ASEAN SME Business Excellence Award in Employment (2016) — PHILIPPINES

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Crispin R. Muyrong, the Co-founder and Vice President of Sunlight Foods Corp., received the prestigious award last year on behalf of his company Sunlight Foods Corp. Mr. Muyrong and his wife founded the food processing outfit in 2000, after years of extensive experience in the food production management and production facility structure design industry. They’ve worked for the likes of Philippine industry food giants such as Universal Robina Corp, RFM, and San Miguel Corporation.

Today, Sunlight Foods Corp. as a tropical fruits processor company — with their mainline of business being processing of fruit preserves — has effectively established itself as the leading supplier for the ice cream, bread, and fast food industries. What is more impressive is that Sunlight has been able to create quality products at lower prices than their competition by doing business sustainably and inclusively. They source their raw materials directly from farmers, provide trainings for all their stakeholders (employees and partner farmers), and have adopted Unilever’s Sustainable Agriculture Code standards amongst several other initiatives.

3) Adventure Myanmar Tours & Incentives
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in Tourism (2016) — MYANMAR

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Last year, Zar Ni Htwe received the ASEAN Business Award for Adventure Myanmar Tours & Incentives as the company’s Managing Director. Well-versed in the world of tourism and an employee who has risen in the ranks of the company, Mr. Htwe was fitting to represent Adventure Myanmar as their multi-lingual Managing Director and Master of Trainers for Community-Based Tourism.

Adventure Myanmar is a travel company that ensures the quality of their client’s stay in Myanmar. Established in 1993, the company has built long-lasting and trustworthy relationships over the course of two decades with local hotels, resorts and other products/service providers that will ensure a VIP experience for all their clients.

4) G Gear Co., Ltd.
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in Electronics (2015) — CAMBODIA

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Mr. Sok Piseth is the CEO and Co-Founder of G Gear Co., Ltd, a leading electronics supplier in Cambodia. Mr. Piseth is considered as one of the most active young entrepreneurs that is helping to shape the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cambodia and is the President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia.

His company, G Gear, is the only strategic partner of LG electronics and is an exclusive partner of Hyundai. Around Cambodia, LG shops and electronics are becoming more accessible to the people thanks impart to G Gear Co. and Mr. Piseth.

5) Lao IT Development
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in E-ASEAN/ICT — LAOS

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The IT industry is one of the most relevant sectors poised for development in the ASEAN. Lao IT Development focuses on technical research in terms of IT and international technologies. Co-founded by CEO Thanongsack Souksavat, the company is said to specialize on software, which is of high demand in Laos. Furthermore, they translate their research into the local dialect to improve the accessibility of the information to the Laotian people.

Aside from software development, their services also include website development, providing hardware on demand such as IT accessories and equipment, multi-media and events organization, training programs, network and information security solutions and IT support.

6) Health Management International Ltd.
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in Healthcare (2015) — SINGAPORE

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Healthcare and business is a priority integration sector because ASEAN countries are mostly  developing nations that need collaboration in order to help speed up development in certain areas. Health Management International Ltd. is a healthcare company that is considered to be an early champion of regionalism. Found in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the private healthcare provider owns hospitals such as the Makhota Medical Center and the Regency Specialist Hospital.

On average, the group is able to serve 400,000 patients annually with about 170 in-house specialists working in their various outfits. They also have established a network of 19 patient representative offices across Southeast Asia. They are a primary force in education as they own and operate the Health Management International Institute of Health Sciences in Singapore. At the helm of the company is Group Chief Executive Officer Ms. Chin Wei Ja. Ms. Chin’s family has largely controlled the business with her mother Gan See Khem as the Executive Chairman and founding member, while her brother Chin Wei Yao is the Executive Director.

7) Megamas Training Company
Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise Award in Employment (2013) — BRUNEI

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Megamas Training Company was formed in 1989 as a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) training center with its first facility in Mumong, Kuala Belait in Burnei. Today, they are Southeast Asia’s leading HSE training and consultancy provider, racking up awards and honors on a regular basis.

Megamas provides consultancy services and are specialists in Safety Management Systems. Other consultancy services they may provide include noise assessment, air monitoring, and carbon footprinting. They also provide training programs for emergencies in offshore, fire, first aid, technical, materials handling and marine training, which can be conducted virtually anywhere and all up to international standards. The group is largely led by its Excecutive Advisor Mohd Roger Ainsworth.

8) Wise Concetti Limited
ASEAN SME Business Excellence Award in Growth (2015) — VIETNAM

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Connecting people is one of the most imperative challenges the ASEAN has to face. While a lot of focus has been put on the physical and infrastructural connection of states, Wise Concetti has taken it upon itself to address another connection barrier — language.

The company was established in Vietnam by Wise Kim, the current President and Chairman, as a localisation service provider. Their mission is to help global clients reach the ASEAN’s developing market by providing multi-sector document translation, website and software localisation, multi-lingual DTP, and software testing and development. Today, they are one of the leading localisation service providers and employ more than a 100 in-house linguists in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

9) Martha Tilaar Group
Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise Award in Innovation (2008) — INDONESIA

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Martha Tilaar is the founder and Chairwoman of the Martha Tilaar group, a pioneering beauty company who has innovatively brought traditional Indonesian beauty traditions to suit the modern age. The company is a leading producer of high-quality beauty products and services. They use traditional herbal ingredients and other natural plant extracts and creates modern cosmetic and beauty products, which they ship worldwide.

Aside from their beauty products, the group also owns a chain of spas and salons all across Indonesia and professional training centers. As one of the first few businesses awarded by the ASEAN Business Awards, the Martha Tilaar group is best known for their active promotion of eco-friendly, natural, and eastern beauty based on their core values of culture, environment and women empowerment.

10) Chanoen Pokphand Foods Group
Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise Award in CSR (2013); ABA Award for Outstanding Business Growth (2011) — THAILAND

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As one of the world largest conglomerates, it’s no wonder why Chanoen Pokphand Food Group is a two-time recipient of an ASEAN Business Award. They are Thailand’s largest meat and animal-feed producer and is the leading agro-industrial and food conglomerate across the globe. Currently, the CP Group employs over half a million people worldwide.

If that’s not impressive enough, the CP Group has also dedicated its resources to sustainability management, which focuses on society development, win-win partnerships, and supporting community livelihood. The company is praised for their efforts to direct all facets of their company to sustainability — from aiming for completely sourcing their raw materials from sustainable sources to sustainablity in the supply chain through supporting farmers and collaborating with communities. CPF Group is led by Owner and Chairman Dhanin Chearavanont.


Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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Cebuano Social Enterprise Weaves Filipino Cultural Tradition and Business into an ASEAN-Recognized Enterprise

Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Anya Lim is among the select Philippine Entrepreneurs who won at last year’s ASEAN Business Awards under the AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards for Textile. Photo courtesy of Inquirer News.

Anya Lim is among the select Philippine Entrepreneurs who won at last year’s ASEAN Business Awards under the AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards for Textile. Photo courtesy of Inquirer News.


We support our indigenous weavers by providing market access and capacity- building programs for them to be able to sustain their businesses. We do this by preserving and promoting our weaves and turning them into contemporary designs to attract younger generations.”

Anya Lim— featured in last year’s Go Negosyo’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs— won big in two separate international business awards last 2016. She garnered the special prize at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Efficiency and Success Target Awards held in Lima, Peru and the ASEAN Business AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Award for Textile held in Vientiane, Laos.

She serves as an inspiration for women, social entrepreneurs and all retail business owners alike for her company, the ANTHILL Fabric Gallery. ANTHILL stands for Alternative Nest and Trading Hub for Indigenous/ Ingenious Little Livelihood seekers and it is the first creative social and cultural enterprise in Metro Cebu.

ANTHILL had its humble beginnings in the year 2010, when Anya decided to partner with her mother in establishing a textile hub that sources and promotes local fabrics woven by indigenous communities. Anya credits her upbringing, her early exposure to indigenous communities, and her realizations while travelling as her inspiration for embarking on a business focused on promoting the value of Filipino traditional culture and identity.

Beyond promotion, however, Anya dreams of Filipinos weaving local textiles into our lifestyle in all aspects such as clothing, accessories, etc.

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Some of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery's creations. Photo from ANTHILL's Instagram account.

Some of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery’s creations. Photo from ANTHILL’s Instagram account.

“I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to different parts of the world and I noticed that in Asia, we have a very rich weaving culture, but it’s only in the Philippines where we only wear woven fabrics on rare occasions like weddings, cultural dances, Linggo ng Wika celebrations or burials,” Anya shared in an interview with Go Negosyo.

Moving forward, Anya hopes to bring her Cebuano social enterprise to greater heights. By introducing a management system to further professionalize the business, she hopes that ANTHILL will be able to expand its market reach and help more communities in the Philippines.


Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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ASEAN Business Awards: An Overview

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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(UPDATED) The ASEAN Business Awards is fast approaching and to give an overview of what the awards are all about, we’ve prepared a primer encompassing the background and objectives.

1. Background

Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

ABA was conceived to be the first of its kind in the region, with the dual objectives of recognizing outstanding ASEAN enterprises, and to serve as a platform to spread information concerning the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). In addition, ABA also brings to the spotlight promising ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential of becoming global economic players.

A dedicated Working Group of ‘National Gateways’ consisting of ten ASEAN-BAC Members (one representative from each Member State) forms the foundation of ABA.  The roles of the National Gateways are to promote the event in their respective countries, as well as to select ‘National Judges’ who will be responsible in selecting the recipients of ABA.

Since it was first launched in 2007, ABA has recognised more than 100 companies throughout the region that excel in the categories of: Growth, Employment, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In 2015, however, ASEAN-BAC expanded the categories of ABA to include the Priority Integration Sectors (PIS) of ASEAN element, as well as recognising outstanding young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs.

To ensure the high-quality and independency of such a prestigious event, ASEAN-BAC engages a Strategic Partner each year to administer the implementation of the ABA Framework; short listing nominations of companies; administering the Judges Meeting and assist in promoting the event throughout the ASEAN region.  This Terms of Reference (ToR) aims to briefly highlight the event’s objectives, categories and criteria, and tentative plan in carrying out ABA 2017.


2. Objectives

Aside from recognising outstanding ASEAN enterprises, ABA also has the objectives of serving as a platform to disseminate AEC-related information, as well as to bring to the spotlight SMEs that have the potential of becoming global economic players in their respective industries.


3. Categories

PRIORITY INTEGRATION SECTORS – EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Outstanding performance and presence in the ASEAN Economic Community Priority Integration Sectors. Includes the recognition of integration and connectivity between ASEAN business owned and operated by the applicant.

Subcategories: Agro-Based, Automotive, Retail, e-ASEAN, Electronics, Fisheries, Healthcare, Logistics, Rubber-based, Textiles, Tourism, and Wood-Based.

SME EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Outstanding performance and presence in the ASEAN Economic Community Priority Integration Sectors. Includes the recognition of integration and connectivity between ASEAN business owned and operated by the applicant.

Subcategories: Growth, Employment, Innovation, and CSR

SPECIAL AWARDS
Recognizes enterprises that have created massive social and economic impact in the ASEAN community.

Subcategory: Friend of ASEAN

WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Outstanding business owner who has demonstrated significant success through leadership, market positioning and company performance.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Outstanding business owner below the age of 45 who has demonstrated significant success though leadership, market positioning and company performance.

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AWARD
Outstanding business models that sustainably create social impact through the company’s core business operations.

LEGACY AWARD
The Legacy Award is for entrepreneurs who have passionately committed themselves to growth and excellence while significantly contributing positive impact to the ASEAN Community. These entrepreneurs set examples by standing the test of time, surpassing challenges, and inspiring others through their successes and triumphs.


4PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATIONS / SELECTIONS FOR ABA 2017

The nominations or selections for ABA 2017 can be made via one the following channels:

* Automatic nominations from national level ABAs;
* Application through national gateways; and
* Online applications, either through the website of ABIS or ASEAN-BAC

With regard to application to be made through national gateways, auditors in respective countries are expected to work with national gateways in determining the nominations or selections for ABA. In terms of online applications, appointed auditors’ office in Philippines will take the coordinating role to vet online applications. Auditors are also expected to formulate simple application process, preferably based on the standard of evaluation already accepted in ASEAN.

Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 20177. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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