Our Initiatives

ABC provides a powerful platform for ASEAN’s businesses to engage with global and regional leaders.

ABC Forum
Building on the success of the Network ASEAN Forum 2013, the ABC Forum from 2014 continues to provide an avenue for business leaders to network, collaborate and play a leading role in the process of ASEAN economic integration. The forum convenes over unique Lifting-The-Barriers (LTB) roundtables and provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to raise challenges and obstacles facing integration. The ABC Forum also holds interactive sessions on emerging trends and new perspectives affecting the ASEAN community.

Affect Change through Lifting-the-barriers (LTB) Initiative
The Lifting-The-Barriers Initiative is a three-phase research exercise designed to investigate trade barriers and obstacles facing economic integration.

It comprises (i) preliminary research on targeted sectors; (ii) roundtable discussions at the ABC Forum; and (iii) the publication of the LTB Reports – a set of white papers consisting findings and recommendations derived from the entire exercise.

In 2013, the targeted sectors were Aviation, Connectivity, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities and Healthcare.

Country Visits
ABC leads business delegations to ASEAN countries to enhance the business relationships by engaging with the private and public sectors among ASEAN member states.

ABC Annual Gala Dinner
As the annual signature event of the ABC, the Gala Dinner brings together ABC members to network and strengthen ties between their peers in the region. Since 2011, the Gala Dinner has featured formidable keynote speakers such as The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair (Former British Prime Minister); David Bonderman (founding partner of TPG Capital); Tony Fernandes (Group CEO of AirAsia).

Access to Information and Knowledge
The ABC is supported by the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI), a think tank dedicated to ASEAN integration. CARI provides a channel for knowledge-sharing and advocacy with counterpart organisations, policy-makers and leaders in the region and around the world.

Bringing ASEAN to the World
The ABC plays an active role to help build ownership of ASEAN identity among corporations in ASEAN to enhance ASEAN’s footprint in the global economy.