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:


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).



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).



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).



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).



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).



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.



The finalists who will be recognized for this category are:

  • Rattana Prathoumvan, EDL Generation Public Company (LAOS);
  • Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS, GarudaFood (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); and
  • John Gokongwei Jr., JG Summit Holdings Inc. (PHILIPPINES).



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.



Great Women ASEAN at PICC


In celebration of the weeklong ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network business meetings a Trade showcase is also installed at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, Metro Manila. 

The setting includes coffee and textiles and many gift items made by women entrepreneurs from the ASEAN countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. The shopping opportunity was made possible with the help of USAID-ACTI, The Department of Trade and Industry CBIP, Canada and Philippine Commission on Women. 

It's open to the public until Thursday August 31.

AWEN and its role in ASEAN

By Pacita U. Juan

It is a tall order to gather the needs of over 300 million women in ASEAN so that policy changes may be suggested to policy makers in the 10-member states.

But in 2014, an excellent idea was proposed to create a network among the women organizations in the private sector as well as endorsements from women’s ministries and agencies. This was the creation of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) by the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW), thus making the network a true daughter of the regional group.

AWEN is composed of 10 focal points — what the persons representing each member state is called. The Focal Points (FP) are from prime women business organizations, chosen by the Ministry of Women or its equivalent and are tasked to deliver issues to AWEN and take back possible policy solutions to their constituents. Policy changes affecting women in business are supported by AWEN’s collaboration with the other private sector group called ASEAN-Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC). The agency is interested in supporting AWEN and has already invited AWEN to take a seat in its Joint Business Councils (JBC). This interesting development allows the women agenda to be discussed among many business councils of dialogue partners and makes possible the inclusion of women’s interests in all business discussions. The ASEAN BAC represents the big business groups while AWEN may be representing the MSMEs.

AWEN went through some challenges in choosing the private organizations to be consulted in each member state. Most countries had more than one women’s organization. This made it difficult to choose one over the other in the spirit of true representation. During the chairmanship of the Philippines (2016-2018), we championed an idea to create an umbrella group or organization called Philwen.

Soon Thailand followed suit with AWEN Thailand. And just recently Cambodia is in the process of creating Cambodia AWEN. Myanmar is also on the way to achieving this unification among its women groups. It is our hope that the other countries soon follow to make AWEN truly representative of Asean’s 300 million plus female population.

The other advantage of having just one network for ASEAN women is in connecting with the rest of the world. Already India’s FICCI-FLO or FICCI Ladies Organization (the women chapter of the 90-year-old Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce) invited us to be represented in the Delhi Dialogue which desires to connect to businesses in ASEAN.

In September, the rest of South Asia — a group called the South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) has invited AWEN members as speakers and as delegates in the first forum to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

And ASEAN is moving along as it celebrates its 50th year and with the Philippines as host country. ASEAN officials now have recognized that women’s issues need to be included in economic discussions with economic ministers and later with the leaders, of course.

Also in September, AWEN is invited to connect with businesswomen of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The possibilities keep coming our way because the time has come for women to claim their place and influence the laws that will benefit women-owned enterprises, women workers and female executives.

It is with pride that we celebrate AWEN’s fourth year with the 3rd AWEN Business awards for women and the conduct of the ASEAN women’s business conference this August in Manila since the Philippines is the host country for this year — ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. The women in the Philippines are known to be trailblazers both in the MSME sector as well as the corporate executive community. That said, the Philippines will make sure that policies proposed by AWEN members will be discussed at high level official meetings. This will make all the member states adopt a resolution or a policy imperative to benefit women entrepreneurs throughout ASEAN.

We hope to carry the suggestions forward to the ministers and leaders in the hope that women’s concerns may be addressed. The region-wide concerns will be addressed through policy changes and reforms that will benefit each woman entrepreneur who will affect the greater population of girls and women who number about 300 million in the 10 member states.

AWEN may be the key to open the opportunities and fix the many challenges women face in simply doing business to make a living, to make a difference and to make ASEAN women internationally competitive and successful.

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The article reflects the personal opinion of the author and does not reflect the official stand of the Management Association of the Philippines or the MAP

Pacita “Chit” U. Juan is the Chair of the Trade, Investments and Tourism Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP). She is the Chair of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN); Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (Womenbizph); and Founding Chair of the Women Corporate Directors PH chapter.

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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 which will be attended by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, other top government officials and the ASEAN Economic Ministers.





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