Business Mission to the ASEAN-EU BUSINESS SUMMIT 2017
Organized by the: EU-PHILIPPINES BUSINESS NETWORK (EPBN) in collaboration with the EU-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL AND THE ASEAN BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
A business mission in Manila during the ASEAN-EU Business Summit 2017.
The mission will include tailored B2B meetings, business networking, and participation in the EU-ASEAN Business Summit 2017.
From March 9 - 10, 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
A limited number of EU Companies will be selected for financial support.
The EU is ASEAN’s largest source of FDI and is the region’s second largest trading partner after China. This fact alone means that political, business and thought-leaders in both ASEAN and the EU are striving to further enhance the trade environment between these strategically important regions. The ASEAN-EU Business Summit is the most important annual business summit in the region. The Summit brings together business leaders and policymakers from both regions.
The ASEAN-EU Business Summit was founded in 2011 in Indonesia and has since developed to an established meeting point in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in April 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam in March 2013 and most recently in Kuala Lumpur in August 2015 with several hundred delegates attending each event. The Business Summit is designed to be a platform for business leaders, thought-leaders and policy makers to interact and debate the key business and trade issues of the day.
The EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) is a pan-ASEAN platform for European businesses to advocate their trade and investment interests in Southeast Asia. Composed of senior business representatives, the Council allows its members to engage in high-level meetings with policy-makers in the ASEAN countries, the ASEAN Secretariat and EU institutions. The EU-ABC, in partnership with the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN) and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) is hosting the next iteration of the ASEAN-EU Business Summit in the Philippines on 10th March 2017.
2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of official EU-ASEAN relations and dialogues, making it a politically and strategically important year. Additionally, with EU-Philippine FTA negotiation already underway, a strong business presence at the Business Summit would be an important signal to both the Government of the Philippines and to the European Commission that industry takes trade developments very seriously.
Participation in the business mission, summit and sponsoring of the 5th ASEAN-EU Business Summit will provide commercial organizations with an important platform to do business and ensure that their concerns and key messages are heard by policy makers and ministers from all sides – from Europe and from Southeast Asia.
The 2017 ASEAN-EU Business Summit and trade mission will take place in parallel to the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting and the EU-ASEAN dialogue session between Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and her ASEAN counterparts. Over 300 delegates are expected to attend, representing political and business interests from both regions.
The Business Summit will consist of presentations from high ranking government representatives and from prominent businessmen. It will also comprise a series of panel discussions covering various sectors of the Philippine industry.
The ASEAN companies joining the mission will be invited to high-level business presentations to discover the business opportunities in ASEAN. The delegates will also be given the opportunity to meet with the EU business delegates and several players in the ASEAN business community as well as potential business partners from the region through business matching and other networking events.
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