Kuala Lumpur, 22 November 2015: Hosted by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), a total of nineteen companies and individuals across ASEAN received top honours at the recently-held annual ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2015. The awards recognise their contribution to the growth and prosperity of the region

Launched in 2007 to mark ASEAN’s 40th anniversary, the ABA 2015 was held in Malaysia for the very first time this year. Judged by a regional panel from 10 ASEAN countries and ABA’s Strategic Partner BDO, the awards honour outstanding ASEAN large businesses, individuals and SMEs in four key areas: Growth, Employment, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility.

In conjunction of the inauguration of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) this year, ABA 2015 also introduced all-new categories of Friends of ASEAN Awards and the ASEAN Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of three top non-ASEAN companies and a luminary who have contributed significantly to the region.

The recipients of the ABA 2015 were:

ASEAN Priority Integration Sectors

  1. Agro – SL Agritech Corporation (Philippines)
  2. Automotive – DRB-Hicom Berhad (Malaysia)
  3. Aviation – AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia)
  4. e-ASEAN – Myanmar Information Technology Pte. Ltd. (Myanmar)
  5. Electronics – G Gear Co. Ltd (Cambodia)
  6. Fisheries – QL Resources Berhad (Malaysia)
  7. Healthcare – Health Management International Limited (Singapore)
  8. Logistics – LBC Express Inc. (Philippines)
  9. Rubber-based – Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd. (Malaysia)
  10. Textile – Color Silk Co. Ltd (Cambodia)
  11. Tourism – Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Co. Ltd (Myanmar)
  12. Wood-based – Pointray (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)

SME Excellence Awards

  1. Employment – ProEight Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
  2. Growth – Wise Concetti Ltd. (Vietnam)
  3. Innovation – ViTrox Technologies Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility – VG Offshore Containers International (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)

Entrepreneur awards

  1. Young entrepreneur – Thadoe Hein from Myanma Awba Group (Myanmar)
  2. Woman entrepreneur – Daw Nan Than Htwe from Kanbawza Bank Ltd. (Myanmar)

Friends of ASEAN

  1. Michelin
  2. Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte. Ltd.
  3. Prudential Corporation Asia

ASEAN Lifetime Achievement Award

  1. Y. Bhg Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz

Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), said: “My heartiest congratulations to all recipients who have been at the forefront of progress in the region. Also for the first time, Asean-BAC has decided, in this AEC inauguration year, to accord the Asean Lifetime Achievement Award which goes to Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in recognizing her stellar efforts. Her hard work has helped raise the profile of ASEAN, as well as bringing the region to greater heights,”

“Today’s awards are a testament to the recipients’ efforts, quality of delivery and their contribution to the region. With the imminent establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year, I am certain that the recipients will also be at the forefront of guiding its peers.”


Kuala Lumpur, 5 November 2015: Held in Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur from 20th-21st November 2015, Southeast Asia’s annual flagship and premier forum, the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit (ABIS) 2015 returns to Malaysia after a ten year cycle, inviting corporate leaders to unite in a two-day conference that will serve as an ideal platform to explore opportunities in elevating their businesses on a regional stage.

Organised by ASEAN-BAC (ASEAN Business Advisory Council), the key focus of this 12th installation of ABIS is to assist businesses in exploring new opportunities when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is implemented at the end of the year. As the AEC is the single most important collaboration in ASEAN since its inception in 1967, ABIS 2015 also aims to provide businesses with insights in navigating current sluggish market growth and burning issues surrounding the region.

With Malaysia chairing ASEAN 2015, this year represents the most important installation for ABIS in Malaysia and the conference will feature more than 1,000 companies across the region, providing attendees with the ability to plug into ASEAN’s extensive network of partnerships.

According to Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), “2015 has been a challenging year for Southeast Asia as investors continue to pull themselves out of the region’s emerging markets – particularly Indonesia and Malaysia. This growing concern needs to be examined in depth, especially with regard to the process by which the public and private sector usually interact.”

“Traditionally, the public sector has been involved purely in policy making while the private sector is required to conform to these policies. There is a need to address this structural issue as it does not benefit the region as a whole. Both parties need to be ASEAN-conscious and committed, as well as share and address challenges in partnership, in order to drive the ASEAN agenda forward.”

“Apart from this, both public and private sector need to be open to new things in order to move to the next level. This involves being open to talent, research, development, technologies and discoveries. It is only through this that we can have better economic integration and more seamless business across the region.”

“This is the twelve installment of ABIS and considered as the most important one due to the impending implementation of AEC at the end of the year. It will be the perfect forum to serve this purpose, helping to accelerate growth and inculcate greater resilience in companies and SMEs across ASEAN. ABIS also provides access and exposure to quality insights that will help propel businesses to greater heights.”

ABIS 2015 will feature potential speakers by Asean Partner Leaders and a stellar alliance of thought leaders including Y.B Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir, Chairman of ASEAN-BAC, Oliver Tonby, Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia and Gita Wirjawan, Founder & Chairman Ancora Group, Former Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, to discuss potential prospects while addressing pressing issues and challenges in ASEAN as the region embraces the implementation of AEC. The much anticipated SME Masterplan for the region will also be announced during the summit, providing the region’s biggest economic contributor a clear roadmap to achieve success in the global marketplace.


The ASEAN Business Advisory Council is calling for nominations for the 8th ASEAN Business Awards 2015. The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) is a regional awards programme designed to showcase the success of ASEAN businesses.

“Recipients of the ABA set the benchmark for ASEAN companies to emulate through demonstrating the region’s best-in-class corporate standards that deserve to be commended and celebrated,” says Tan Sri Munir Majid, Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

With a focus on the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards have been introduced to bring to the fore companies that are leaders in the agro-based, automotive, aviation, e-Asean, electronics, fisheries, logistics, textiles, tourism and wood-based industries. Also a new category, the Friends of ASEAN Awards are extended to non-ASEAN companies with a strong presence in the region to recognize the foreign but influential players who have contributed and are committed to growing the ASEAN economy.

Recognizing SMEs as well as women and young entrepreneurs as a vital part of the region’s economic activity, the ABA are once again commending trailblazers in their respective areas with the return of the SME Excellence Awards, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Woman of the Year Award particularly in the areas of Employment, Growth, Innovation and CSR.

A total of 21 Awards will highlight exemplary organizations in the five categories.

Winners are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of prominent regulative officers and business academicians, and are guided by an advisory of professional auditors who are appointed as strategic partners in assuring a quality and thorough selection standard.

The ASEAN Business Awards will culminate at the Gala Dinner of the apex of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on 20th November 2015.

To apply, visit or . Due to the overwhelming response, the closing date for application has been extended to 7th October 2015.

Malaysia Ready to Chair the 47th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting

Malaysia Ready to Chair the 47th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 August 2015 - ASEAN Economic Ministers will meet in Kuala Lumpur from August 22 to 25 to put the finishing touches to the formal establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of this year.


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