ASEAN @ 50: Pushing Prosperity for All

August 14th, 2017
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo, ASEAN BAC Philippines Tessie Sy-Coson, and George Barcelon

Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo, ASEAN BAC Philippines Tessie Sy-Coson, and George Barcelon

Back in 1967, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed to create a bond among its members that will help each other in economic growth, social progress, and cultural development.

Move forward to today, we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of ASEAN last Tuesday. This is the 3rd chairmanship of the country with the first in 1987 and the second in 2006. We are lucky to host the 50th founding anniversary of the association.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the celebration in PICC last August 08, 2017. He briefly shared the background of ASEAN and how the history of cooperation among its members has worked well to advance our values and interests.

He also recognized the efforts of the private sector specifically the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in supporting the government in its mission to alleviate people from poverty. He said, “Public-private partnerships must be harnessed fully to lift up our people from poverty. Indeed, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s Alliance for Prosperity for All is showing how an inclusive business model will help achieve the growth of our MSMEs and our people in the grassroots.”

The Alliance for Prosperity for All was created with the mission to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals and to pursue prosperity not just in the Philippines but across ASEAN nations.

We look forward to contributing more to the development and growth of our MSMEs and the members of the low-lying communities.

Additionally, I was part of Malaysia’s celebration of ASEAN50. Last August 4, a conference was hosted by ASEAN BAC Malaysia led by Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid. In a forum, I shared the importance of MSMEs in ASEAN.

Afterwards, a dinner was attended by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

ASEAN has indeed proved that despite our differences in culture, religion, and political views, we can all have a solidarity of pushing for prosperity for all. We look forward to another 50 years of continuous growth and progress.

President Rodrigo Duterte with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion after the ASEAN50 celebration in PICC.

President Rodrigo Duterte with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion after the ASEAN50 celebration in PICC.

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia chairman, led the celebration of ASEAN BAC Malaysia for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia chairman, led the celebration of ASEAN BAC Malaysia for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak led the ceremonial cutting of the cake during the ASEAN@50 commemorative dinner in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak led the ceremonial cutting of the cake during the ASEAN@50 commemorative dinner in Malaysia.

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.

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.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed why MSMEs are important in the ASEAN Integration.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed why MSMEs are important in the ASEAN Integration.