A Toast to the Future: The 9th ASEAN Business Awards 2017

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 / SOLAIRE GRAND CASINO AND RESORT

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The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) awarded the region’s 47 top entrepreneurs at a gala for the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2017 at the Solaire Grand Casino and Resort. The award casts the spotlight on these promising companies that have the potential to be global economic players.

“The ASEAN-BAC has been instrumental in realising our common aspiration of serving the growth of our people. We also challenge those who have achieved success to embrace the MSMEs,” says President Rodrigo Duterte. 518 delegates from across Asia, including government offi cials, members of the diplomatic corps, Asian business leaders, and notable women, youth, and entrepreneurs graced the event. Among others, winners from the Philippines include Teodoro Ferrer and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of Erikagen Inc for the Inclusive Business Award; and John Gokongwei Jnr of JG Summit Holdings received the Legacy Award.

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Business honorees as beacons of innovation and change

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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

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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

 

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 REGIONAL DELIBERATIONS CONCLUDED

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!

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ABA Awardees Share Valuable Takeaways as Scholars to AGLP

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The ASEAN Global Leadership Program (AGLP) 2017, held last May 8 to 12, is designed for senior management of Southeast Asian countries as a crash course on relevant insights on Globalization, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. With the theme “Shaping our Future as Leaders of Innovation” 38 senior executives, three of whom were scholars to the program, took part in lectures, exposure trips, and discussions hosted by SRW&Co. and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Founder & Managing Director of City Mart Win Win Tint (Myanmar); Director of VG Offshore International Containers Anusia Ramasamy (Malaysia); and Founder & CEO of Zeenoh, Inc. JD Abenaza (Philippines), were the three awardees of the scholarships as recent winners of the 2016 ASEAN Business Awards. The three scholars participated in a moderated panel discussion and shared their experiences and insights as innovators and entrepreneurs in their respective countries.

Abenaza shared that as the only Filipino in the program, he was able to appreciate the business diversity across the ASEAN region. “It gives me a lot of insights on how to think globally and thrive at the ASEAN level.”

Abenaza also elaborated on the highlights of the program— “We were fortunate to have a distinguished faculty from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business led us deep into innovation’s key drivers namely, experimentation, global and local trends, customer centric product and service design, collaboration, and culture.” He reflected that the program allowed him to have an overview on the new trends and technology happening in the world. “It gives me more ideas. When I go back home I can enable all the businesses that I started in terms of research and development. I have a clearer idea of the innovative technologies that I will pursue.”

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Ramasamy on the other hand felt that the program came at the right time for her and her organization. “Why I say it came at the right time is because the industry I am in is in a crisis right now.” Ramasamy shared that at a lecture in the program, one of the directors told them not to wait to do things out of desperation, but to do them out of aspiration. “At the moment in my organization, we are doing things out of desperation — we wanna do something new, do something great. That lesson was an eye-opener for me because it made me look and think ‘is this the right thing to do for our organization? Are we putting our people into the right direction?’”

Tint was enthusiastic about how the program was located in Silicon Valley, which she sees as the center of innovation in the world. “Seeing how fast innovations are happening and trends are changing — the knowledge and insights have given me a good sense of urgency that I will be bringing home with me. This is an unforgettable week for us.”

Overall, Abeneza says that he highly recommends the program as it will help one to become a world class and competitive business leader. Ramasamy also encourages others to join in. “Every individual who is running an organization—whether the CEO or an engineer—should be sent to such programs to open their minds, to look at a different perspective, and to look at what’s happening in the world.” Tint emphasized how value-adding the program is to business leaders. “We really see what’s happening out here in Silicon Valley and how it’s going to impact us in the near future. Senior leadership in companies need to know about these things to bring the needed change for their company.”


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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.  For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit  www.aba2017.com