ASEAN BAC Engagement with Economic Ministers

March 20th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Members and entrepreneurs together with Sec. Lopez and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. (L-R: Henry Lim Bon Liong (Sterling Group), George Barcelon (PCCI and ASEAN BAC Philippines), Tan Sri Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Dr. Mohd Munir Majid (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), Cecilia Malmström, PA Joey Concepcion, Dato Ramesh Kodammal (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

ASEAN BAC Members and entrepreneurs together with Sec. Lopez and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. (L-R: Henry Lim Bon Liong (Sterling Group), George Barcelon (PCCI and ASEAN BAC Philippines), Tan Sri Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Dr. Mohd Munir Majid (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), Cecilia Malmström, PA Joey Concepcion, Dato Ramesh Kodammal (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

In line with our hosting of ASEAN, the economic ministers had their retreat and other related meetings last week which was hosted by its Chair, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. ASEAN Business Advisory Council were fortunate to have an engagement with them which then gave an avenue for us members to lay out our plans for this year and beyond.

As the chairman of ASEAN BAC, I shared the council’s vision of helping the MSMEs in the region. MSMEs account for almost 95-99% of the total enterprise in ASEAN. Since they are a majority, it is important for us to help bring prosperity to them and experience inclusive growth in the region.

During the discussion, I presented the three key pillars of ASEAN BAC. First, we are promoting Inclusive Business in the region where big brother companies are helping small brother companies by including them in the value chain. ASEAN companies will then help these small players gain access to the global market.

Second, micro entrepreneurs can also benefit from the Mentorship they can get from successful and inspiring medium and large entrepreneurs. We are launching the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) which will create a pool of mentors from 10 countries of ASEAN.

Lastly, ASEAN BAC aims to continue its participation and contribution to government policy-making and planning in line with the Strategic Action Plan for MSMEs which was launched by the ASEAN Leaders in 2015.

 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with members of the ASEAN BAC presented before the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by its Chair, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with members of the ASEAN BAC presented before the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by its Chair, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

I was joined by Dr. Munir Mujid, ASEAN BAC Chair Malaysia, who discussed the platforms for funding MSMEs. Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Chair Singapore, also presented the plans of ASEAN BAC in strengthening the ASEAN Connectivity which includes four programs: Malaysia’s Financial Connectivity Project; Laos’ Connect Project; Philippines and Indonesia’s ASEAN Maritime Connectivity through RORO; and the AMEN. Other ASEAN BAC members and ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales also joined the engagement.

Afterwards, we enjoyed the camaraderie brought by the simple cocktails and dinner hosted by DTI. Filipino entrepreneurs and government officials played great hosts to the ASEAN Economic Ministers and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council had an engagement with the economic ministers last March 9, 2017. ASEAN BAC discussed the three key pillars of the council for the year.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council had an engagement with the economic ministers last March 9, 2017. ASEAN BAC discussed the three key pillars of the council for the year.

ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales reported the progress of private sector’s involvement in the working groups which addresses the sectors of healthcare, agri-food, logistics, tourism, and retail.

ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales reported the progress of private sector’s involvement in the working groups which addresses the sectors of healthcare, agri-food, logistics, tourism, and retail.

Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Chair Singapore, discussed the plans of ASEAN BAC in completing and strengthening the ASEAN Connectivity.

Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Chair Singapore, discussed the plans of ASEAN BAC in completing and strengthening the ASEAN Connectivity.

Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Joey Concepcion, Rey Rapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon), Dr. Robert Yap (ASEAN BAC Singapore), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Joey Concepcion, Rey Rapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon), Dr. Robert Yap (ASEAN BAC Singapore), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

George Barcelon, DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya,Tessie Sy-Coson (ASEAN BAC Philippines) Malou Lopez, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Cong. Arthur Yap and Joey Concepcion.

George Barcelon, DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya,Tessie Sy-Coson (ASEAN BAC Philippines) Malou Lopez, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Cong. Arthur Yap and Joey Concepcion.

Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced the ASEAN Economic Ministers to the business community during the cocktails and networking event.

Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced the ASEAN Economic Ministers to the business community during the cocktails and networking event.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and Enrique Razon.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and Enrique Razon.

Dr. William Dar and Dr. Aristotle Alip.

Dr. William Dar and Dr. Aristotle Alip.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), Rikki Dee (Foodlink Group), and Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), Rikki Dee (Foodlink Group), and Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Dr. William Dar, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malou Lopez, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Rosalind Wee.

Dr. William Dar, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malou Lopez, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Rosalind Wee.

(L-R) Dr. Aristotle Alip, DTI USec. Nora Terrado, Sen. Bam Aquino, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Rey Lapid, Manny Osmena, Michael Escaler, Michael Tan, and Joey Concepcion.

(L-R) Dr. Aristotle Alip, DTI USec. Nora Terrado, Sen. Bam Aquino, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Rey Lapid, Manny Osmena, Michael Escaler, Michael Tan, and Joey Concepcion.