ASEAN Business Award Winners to attend ASEAN Global Leadership Program in USA

ASEAN Business Advisory Council and SRW&Co. signed a MOA in June this year to forge a strategic partnership. As per the MOA, SRW&Co. agreed to grant 3 scholarships to the ASEAN Business Award winner of the ‘Young Entrepreneur’, ‘Woman Entrepreneur’ and the ‘Best Innovative SME’ categories to attend the ASEAN Global Leadership Program (AGLP) in 2017.

The ASEAN Global Leadership Program will be conducted in the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business from 8 th -12 th May, 2017 (Press Release - AGLP USA 2017). A group of 30 senior executives from the Southeast Asian countries comprising C-suite and top policy makers and regulators are expected to attend the program. The theme of the program is “Shaping our Future as Leaders of Innovation” which will cover the key topics on Globalization, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.


ASEAN-BAC Look Ahead for 2017


“ASEAN-BAC Look Ahead for 2017”

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) recently held its Chairmanship Turnover ceremony from Laos to the Philippines for 2017and it’s Planning Retreat in Manila last 12-13 October 2016.  Top picture shows outgoing ASEAN BAC Chair from Laos Mr. Oudet Souvannavong (standing left) passing on the ASEAN BAC flag and congratulating the incoming Chair Mr. Joey Concepcion of the Philippines.  Witnessing the turnover is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his cabinet which took place on the side of the 42nd Philippine Business Conference which was hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Marriott Grand Ballroom.  


Need to address non-tariff barriers within Asean

ADDRESSING non-tariff barriers (NTB) in Asean still has a long way to go, and member countries must first work on key people-centric focus groups in order to start progressing, said Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid.

He said while the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is now a reality, concerns on the increasing NTB still exist, despite the fact that the tariff had been decreased significantly. “Have study groups, focus on the issue and bring in experts from other countries,” he said, when identifying key focus groups, namely in industries such as the healthcare, education, agri-food business, logistics, retail and e-commerce.

“Even the World Trade Organisation had said that the concerns on NTB were far more serious than the tariff itself. Asean NTB must be addressed if you want to have a free movement of goods,” he said on the sidelines of the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2016, here, yesterday.

Last month, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said NTB — regarded as the main stumbling block in the shaping of the AEC — had been progressively reduced since the issue was raised by the 10 member countries four years ago.

Mustapa said 69 NTB cases had been reported and some 49 cases had been resolved through intensive consultation and peer review. Meanwhile, Munir said it is equally important to further cultivate another two Asean pillars, besides AEC — the Asean Political-Security Community and Asean Socio-Cultural Community.

“We see little development in these two pillars as compared with the AEC.”

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ASEAN Business Awards 2016: SRW&Co. Grants AGLP Scholarships for Entrepreneurs and SMEs

Jakarta, 23 June 2016: The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) and  SRW&Co signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on 23rd June 2016 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, to launch a strategic partnership. The milestone MOA was signed by Oudet Souvannavong representing the ASEAN-BAC and Daniel Wong of SRW&Co.

The MoA grants scholarship to the winners of the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2016, as part of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit program agenda in Lao PDR on September 2016. There are three scholarships for the winners in the categories of “Young Entrepreneur of The Year”, “Woman Entrepreneur of The Year”, and “The Most Innovative SME”, who will attend the ASEAN Global Leadership Program (AGLP) in 2017 at one of the leading universities and business schools.



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