ASEAN-BAC’S “PROSPERITY FOR ALL SUMMIT” Sets Up an Ecosystem of Enablers for MSME Development

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In honor of 50 years of growing ASEAN integration and progress, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) is hosting the Prosperity For All Summit at the City of Dreams, Manila, pooling together state leaders, public sector representatives, business leaders and various enablers in the name of micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) development in the ASEAN region.

Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Razak of Malaysia and Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.) of Thailand are confirmed to attend and give keynote speeches for the more than 1000 delegates attending the summit. 

Vice President Leni Robredo of the Philippines is confirmed to address the delegates and welcome them to the Philippines chairmanship of ASEAN’s 50th year. Also joining the summit as a panelist is current Pampanga Representative and Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Aside from Arroyo, the summit has gathered an esteemed group of panelists from both the public and private sector. From the public sector, Senator Bam Aquino and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez are set to speak during Session 1 whilst Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri will take part in Session 4 and 5, respectively.

The private sector is represented by business leaders from different industries. For example, Former Department of Agriculture Secretary and Founder of the InangLupa Movement Dr. William Dar is giving voice to the agricultural sector whilst Senior Vice President Rami Sharaf of the Royal Group of Companies (Cambodia) will lend a global perspective during the session on creating an enabling environment for MSMEs.

CEO Mr. Enrique Razon of the International Container Transport Services, Inc., ASEAN-BAC Member and Founder/CEO Douglas Foo of Sakae Holdings, Ltd (Singapore), and President George T. Barcelon of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry are keen to give their insights during the second session focused on the strengthening the integrated ASEAN markets in order to access global markets.

Hoping to enlighten the delegates on financial inclusion and funding in the region are Dr. Aristotle Alip of CARD-MRI, President and CEO Alex Bueneventura of Landbank, CEO and Managing Director Dr. Raymond Kwong ofSilverlake Axis Group Malaysia, and Co-Founder and Vice President Mr. Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Technology Center (USA)

Technology leaders in e-commerce and logistics such as CEO Mr. Inanc Balci of Lazada – Philippines and Executive Chairman Dr. Robert Yap of YCH Group (Singapore), are pegged for a session on disruptive technology and innovation.

The first four sessions all come together to paint a distinct picture of the multi-sectoral call to empower MSMEs in the region. As the ASEAN Business Advisory Council rallies together to champion the development of MSMEs, the summit culminates in the flagship initiative of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs (AMEN) launch. The AMEN was first conceived as a legacy project by the ASEAN-BAC during it’s 69th Meeting last January in Manila. Through the thought leadership of the current ASEAN-BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, the 30 members of the council decided on setting up a regional network of entrepreneurs in order to facilitate faster and greater sharing of skillsets, best practices and resources among MSMEs in the region.

Joining ASEAN-BAC Chair Concepcion in putting forward the AMEN initiative in the fifth and final session are Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Munir Majid, the Chairman of ASEAN-BAC Malaysia and the current Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute; CEO and Managing Director Manny V. Pangilinan of the MVP Group of Companies; and Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson of SM Investments Corporation and the Chairperson of BDO Unibank. As panelists, they will discuss their views on MSMEs, mentorship and the ASEAN.

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