(From left) Mr. Naoaki Mashita, CEO & Founder of V-cube Inc. (Vice-Chair of ASEAN-Japan Relations Committee); Mr. Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice President of Amazon Japan G.K. (Vice-Chair of ASEAN-Japan Relations Committee); Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, current ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting Chairman (former Chairman of Mizuho Bank); Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, President of ASEAN Business Club; Mr. Chew Seng Kok, Director of ASEAN Business Club; Jukhee Hong, Executive Director of ASEAN Business Club at the Inaugural ABC Dialogue on 29 July 2019.

ASEAN Business Club held its inaugural ABC Dialogue with Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) titled ASEAN-Japan New Areas of Economic Cooperation

(29 July 2019, Kuala Lumpur) The ASEAN Business Club hosted its inaugural ABC Dialogue titled “ASEAN-Japan: New Areas of Economic Cooperation” with Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) at Kuala Lumpur. The delegation consisting of key members of Keizai Doyukai was led by Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, the new ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Chairman (former Chairman of Mizuho Bank). Led by Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid President of ABC, the meeting was attended by ABC management and members from Singapore, Laos and Malaysia.

The ABC Dialogue aims to bring together business leaders in the region to dialogue on key areas of business and economic cooperation. The ABC Dialogue also aims to be an excellent avenue for regional business organisations to connect exclusively with ABC’s members and have a global outreach in ASEAN and foster ties with their counterparts in ABC.

Among issues discussed were prioritised areas of cooperation between ASEAN and Japan and ways to further enhance trade and investment between the two regions in this new age of disruption.

The meeting also discussed topics of interest for AJBM 2019. The AJBM is a multilateral, private-led forum between ASEAN and Japan that provides an arena for the private sector to dialogue and discuss about economic exchanges on the private-sector level and supplementing official development aid.

This collaborative effort between ABC and Keizai Doyukai is an extension of both the regional business organisations being connected as signatories to the ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network(AJIN). AJIN was signed in April 2017 between ABC, ASEAN-BAC and nine other Japanese business organisations to promote innovation and the creation of new industries through regional collaboration and cooperation.