Photo Caption: The ASEAN Business and Advisory Council members had their 69th ASEAN Business Advisory Council Meeting last January 25-26, 2017. (In photo: Front row: Lisa Ibrahim, Anangga Roosdiono, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Adbul Majid, Dr. Robert Yap, Joey Concepcion, Oudet Souvannavong, Tessie Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Petcharat Eaksangkul, Rozaimeriyanty Rahman, and Kobsak Duangdee. Back row: Moe Kyaw, Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Phairush Burapachaisri, Robert Yap Min Choy, Jay Yuvallos, and Gil Gonzales).
Last January 25-26, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council held its 69th ASEAN BAC Meeting in Manila. As ASEAN BAC Chairman, I led the discussion of priorities and programs for the Philippines’ chairmanship this year which coincides with ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary.
Prior to the meeting, the ASEAN BAC members were invited to the Department of Trade and Industry’s launch of the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program held in Malacanang. The launch was led by President Rodrigo Duterte and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, government officials, foreign ambassadors and dignitaries, and entrepreneurs were also present in the program.
Secretary Ramon Lopez and President Duterte pressed a ceremonial pillar to commence the presentation of business programs. Sec. Lopez shared the list of programs organized for ASEAN’s 50th year. These programs include ASEAN MSMEs-Mentors Conference, ASEAN Women’s Business Conference, Inclusive Business Summit, ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival, Slingshot ASEAN, ASEAN MSME Summit and many more.
The 69th ASEAN BAC Meeting was joined by members of the council, heads of the ASEAN Working Groups on women, youth, MSME, inclusive business, and business chambers. ASEAN Working Group Heads Chit Juan (Women), DTI-BSMED Dir. Jerry Clavesillas (MSME), Rommel Juan (Youth), and DTI-BOI ASec. Fe Reyes (Inclusive Business) presented their programs for 2017. All these working committees will have their summits highlighting their respective sectors which will all be in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and ASEAN BAC.
I also hosted a Welcome Dinner for ASEAN BAC members. Aside from them, the dinner was attended by government officials, ambassadors, enablers, business orgs, the different chambers of commerce, and the entrepreneur community. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also attended the dinner and gave a short message. Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora Terrado delivered a presentation on the Philippine Business Agenda for ASEAN 2017. Other presentations during the dinner included the Manila Declaration of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association, Asian Development Bank Lead Economist for Trade and Regional Cooperation Mr. Jay Menon’s “ASEAN Economic Community: Challenge and Opportunities”, and USAID Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) Project Chief of Party, Dr. Enrico Basilio.
Atty. Gianna Montinola, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Felix Ang.
Wilfred Gui, Manny Osmena, Tessie Sy-Coson, William Belo, Tony Melato, Amado Honrado, and Charlie Villasenor.
Johnlu Koa, Marilou Koa, Marissa Concepcion, Agnes Roscigno, and Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno.
Rikki Dee, Chris Chilip, and Eric Yu.
Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) members and officers: Jean Uvero, Josie See, Anne Francisco, Sonny Francisco, and Richie Cuna.
Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) officers Yvette Orbeta and Rebecca Bucad.
Pacita Juan, Chair of ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network; Rommel Gerodias, Chair of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council; DTI-BSMED Council Director Jerry Clavesillas also presented on MSME development; DTI Investment Promotion Group Assistant Secretary Felicitas Reyes presented about inclusive business.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Joey Concepcion, George Barcelona, and Erramon Aboitiz.
Richard Sanz, Fro Oliva, and Manuel Igual.
Babe Romualdez and Sen. Miguel Zubiri; Sen. Sonny Angara with Rommel Sytin.
Marissa Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. John Bertiz.
EU-ASEAN Business Council President Donald Kanak and Executive Director Chris Humphrey.
Myrna Yao, Emelita Alvarez, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora, and Sandy Montano.
Uratex’s Natividad Cheng and Pinky Cheng-Rosagas.
DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado; Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella delivered a message in behalf of President Duterte; Asian Development Bank’s Lead Economist for Trade and Regional Cooperation Jay Menon presented the challenges and opportunities in the ASEAN economic community and Dr. Henry Basilio, Chief of Party Advancing Philippine Competitiveness
Project discussed the ASEAN RORO (Roll On – Roll Off) initiative.
Oudet Souvannavong; uenter Taus, President of European Chamber of Commerce and Industry; David Catty of ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council; Jonny Chotrani of ASEAN-India Business Council.
EU-ASEAN Business Council Chris Humphrey and Donald Kanak.
UPS Asia Pacific Region Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability Shiumei Lin; Ryohei Gamada of Japan External Trade Organization; Maximilian Coleman of UK-ASEAN Business Council; Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council.