ASEAN Business Awards 2019

The prestigious regional awards continues to celebrate outstanding businesses, grow awareness of the ASEAN Economic Community and encourage regional collaboration

Outstanding businesses from across the region will be recognised once again for their achievements at this year’s ASEAN Business Awards (ABA). Launched by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in 2007 to mark the bloc’s 40th anniversary, the initiative honours companies that have shown significant progress in various sectors, including SMEs with the potential to become global economic players. ABA also serves as a platform to spread information on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and promote regional integration.

A previous winner, Greenpac CEO and founder Susan Chong, believes that the ABAs is a great platform for businesses from the region to explore collaborations, as well as help promote the visibility of a company’s profile in the region.

Greenpac CEO and founder Ms Susan Chong was the Singapore winner of the Women Entrepreneur category at ABA 2018. The company also bagged the SME Excellence – Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award

Ms Chong, whose Singapore-based company provides eco-friendly packaging solutions, won two awards at ABA 2018. She was the Singapore winner of the Women Entrepreneur award while Greenpac bagged the SME Excellence — Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award. “I hope (that winning at the ABA) will in turn inspire and motivate other women to step forward, increasing their visibility and allowing their abilities to take on a prominent role,” said Ms Chong.

Meanwhile, another ABA 2018 winner, Jing King Tech Group, sees the initiative as an important platform to recognise information and communications technology (ICT) enterprises in the region. Winning the Priority Integration Sector – ICT award has inspired the company to continue improving people’s lives through smart technologies, said the company’s group chief executive officer Anthony Ong.

“The ABA alumni sharing and networking will be extremely beneficial to us as we target to expand our footprint in ASEAN,” he said. Jing King Tech offers end-to-end solutions, from digital identity authentication with biometric technologies to cashless real-time digital payment solutions.

Last year’s ABA saw the introduction of the ASEAN Family Business Award. Homegrown Kim Ann Engineering was one of four winners of the new award, which seeks to recognise multi-generational family businesses whose sustainable business models have made a significant impact on the ASEAN community.

Kim Ann managing director Lau Tai San said that being a family business has helped motivate the company’s management and staff to work together towards a common goal. On winning the inaugural ASEAN Family Business Award, he said: “We feel deeply encouraged that our achievement and efforts on internationalisation are well recognised.”

Homegrown Kim Ann Engineering was one of four winners of the new ASEAN Family Business Award last year

ASEAN Business Awards 2019

Taking place on November 2, 2019, the ABA recognises outstanding key enterprises that have contributed significantly to the ASEAN region,  and provides opportunities for businesses to gain greater industry exposure. For more details on award categories and eligibility, visit the site here. Deadline for entry submission is August 31, 2019.

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