ASEAN Business Advisory Council members officially launched AMEN in Singapore.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines (ASEAN BAC PH) Chairman and ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Founding Chair Joey Concepcion officially launched AMEN in Singapore last August 27, 2018.
ASEAN BAC PH Chair Concepcion was joined by ASEAN BAC 2018 Chair Robert Yap together with ASEAN CSR Network CEO Thomas Thomas and ASEAN CSR Network Chair Yanti Triwadiantini.
After launching in Manila (November 2017), Australia (March 2018), South Korea (June 2018) and Malaysia (July 2018), the AMEN network was introduced in partnership with the ASEAN CSR Network, ASEAN BAC’s Sector Champion for Responsible, and Inclusive Business.
After launching in Manila (November 2017), Australia (March 2018), South Korea (June 2018) and Malaysia (July 2018), ASEAN BAC is now launching ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Singapore in partnership with ASEAN CSR Network, ASEAN-BAC’s Sector Champion for Responsible and Inclusive Business. Present during the Ceremonial Signing are: AMEN Legacy Chair and ASEAN BAC Co-chair Joey Concepcion and ASEAN BAC 2018 Chair Robert Yap with ASEAN CSR Network CEO Thomas Thomas and ASEAN CSR Network Chair Yanti Triwadiantini. The partnership aims to jointly develop and undertake programs, projects and advocacy initiatives pursuant to the development and operationalization of Responsible and Inclusive Business and AMEN in ASEAN and ASEAN Dialogue Partners.
AMEN is a private-public partnership platform which was as a legacy project of the ASEAN BAC during the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2017. The integral essence of this public-private partnership deals will strengthen the aspiration for inclusive and sustainable growth.
AMEN partnership aims to jointly develop and undertake programs, projects, and advocacy initiatives pursuant to the development and operationalization of responsible and inclusive business in ASEAN and ASEAN dialogue partners.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chairman and ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network Founding Chair Joey Concepcion presented the importance of mentorship for micro and small entrepreneurs.
The program’s mentorship advocacy provides a platform to promote best practices and maximize potential in the path towards inclusive growth throughout the member states and the ASEAN dialogue partners. It seeks to prepare the MSMEs to face the growing challenges in the business community and to scale up their operations to increase the production of their goods and products through the training modules provided in the mentorship program. It is intended to bring the 3Ms – money, market, and mentorship – of entrepreneurial success, especially to micro and small enterprises.
Along with this, Concepcion was also invited as one of the key speakers during the ASEAN Responsible Business Forum.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Singapore in partnership with ASEAN CSR Network, ASEAN-BAC’s Sector Champion for Responsible and Inclusive Business last August 27, 2018. Present during the Ceremonial Signing are: AMEN Legacy Chair and ASEAN BAC Co-chair Joey Concepcion and ASEAN BAC 2018 Chair Robert Yap with ASEAN CSR Network CEO Thomas Thomas and ASEAN CSR Network Chair Yanti Triwadiantini.
AMEN Founding Chair and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Co-chair Joey Concepcion seals partnership with Korean Federation of Small and Medium Business led by Chairman Park Sung-taek and ASEAN-Korea Centre led by Ambassador Lee Hyuk. (In photo: Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Chairman Park Sung-taek, and George Barcelon of ASEAN Business Advisory Council)
AMEN Founding Chair and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Co-Chair Joey Concepcion led the official launch of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) last June 5, 2018 in South Korea.
Joining Concepcion with the signing of a memorandum of understanding were George Barcelon (ASEAN BAC), Ambassador Lee Hyuk (ASEAN-Korea Centre), and Chairman Park Sung-taek (Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business).
With the signing, the Philippine-Korea partnership was strengthened in providing mentorship to micro, small, and medium enterprises as well as creating programs in priority sectors like the digital economy, trade and industry, and agripreneurship.
ASEAN BAC partners with ASEAN-Korea Centre and Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business
The ASEAN-Korea Centre partners with ASEAN member states’ initiatives programs in the agriculture, food, and technology sector. One of their programs is the 2018 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop which will raise the awareness of the ASEAN and Korea relations among the attendees and deepen their understanding about digital technology and innovation. Two workshops will be held this July in Korea and in the Philippines.
The Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (K-Biz), on the other hand, supports SME development in Korea with the aim to improve the economic status and provide equal opportunities for SMEs. The federation links with the government sector in proposing, investigating, and analyzing data regarding small businesses in Korea.
K-Biz Chairman Park Sung-Taek highlighted how the Philippines is an attractive market for Korean companies as the country provides a business-friendly environment. According to him, the signing was participated by both parties to “actively help build a close network for the two countries so the Asian SMEs can grow together through AMEN.”
AMEN was a legacy project of the ASEAN BAC during the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2017. This year, it has been successfully launched in Sydney, Australia. South Korea is the second dialogue partner in which the project was introduced.
President Rodrigo Duterte led the official trip to South Korea to seal business investment deals and partnerships between Philippines and South Korea.
The launch is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s three-day official visit in South Korea. President Duterte was able to close $4.9-billion investment deals and $1-billion official development assistance for the infrastructure projects in the Philippines. He also witnessed the signing of the partnership for AMEN and MSME development.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Co-chair Joey Concepcion had a breakfast meeting with AMEN partner Sec Gen Amb Lee Hyuk of ASEAN Korea Centre (former Korea Ambassador to PH) prior to the MOU signing last June 5, 2018. Also in photo are: George Barcelon of ASEAN BAC and Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. President & CEO Fe Agudo, Chairman of the Board Edward Go and Chairman Emeritus Richard Lee.
[Photo caption: ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with Australian Business Leaders and ASEAN BAC members header by Chair Dr. Robert Yap officially launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Australia.]
Sydney, Australia -- The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network or AMEN has been officially launched in Australia in partnership with Australia-ASEAN Business Council during series of engagements last March 14-16, 2018.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion led the introduction of AMEN as his continuing advocacy and legacy project of the council under his 2017 chairmanship. AMEN was launched last November 2017 with President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.
AMEN will allow start-ups, micro and small entrepreneurs in Australia connect and build international relations with mentors and business experts across ASEAN. The program aims to facilitate the movement of startups between ASEAN countries and Australia.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of NSW Government Hon. Andrew James Constance, MP opened the Australia-ASEAN Business Insights Dinner hosted by the Australia-ASEAN Business Advisory Council and King & Wood Mallesons Law Firm. ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion seated as one of the panelists for the ASEAN-Australia Business and Investment Insights. He is joined by Richard Henfrey (CEO of Blackmores), Martin Tricaud (CEO of HSBC), Brad Chan (CEO of Banna Property Group and Founder of Haymarket HQ) and Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid (President of ASEAN Business Club, Chairman of CB ASEAN Research Institute, Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad and Chairman of ASEAN BAC Malaysia).
The program was promoted during the following meetings: ASEAN-Australia Business Insights Dinner in King & Wood Mallesons, Australian Business Leaders’ Exchange with ASEAN Business Advisory Council in Intercontinental Hotel, and lastly in the ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum held in Sydney Startup Hub.
ASEAN BAC Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion shared the importance of Mentorship and also Money and Market. He highlighted the change in the entrepreneurship landscape with enterprises turning from offline businesses to online. Concepcion then called on to the partners in ASEAN and Australia. He said, “We are taking baby steps in learning. We are now trying to bring more participation by enjoining others in what we are doing in the hopes that each country will replicate. With this, we are creating a rich pool of mentors across the region and other nearby economies.”
Eleanor Mak, President of Australia-ASEAN Business Council, shared, “We are so pleased with how our program partners so generously and supportively agreed to be part of this pilot program. They are providing access to world-class initiatives for the use of ASEAN entrepreneurs and startups through the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network. This is a strong foundation on which to grow. The opportunity is remarkable.”
Start-ups in Australia will now have access to the pool of mentors and additionally, in programs of incubators and accelerators.
ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) launched with its first non-ASEAN partner, Australia-ASEAN Business Council. AUD$100,000 worth of initiatives was committed by Australian Mentor Organizations for the AMEN program to support ASEAN entrepreneurs.
Concepcion also joined the Women in Business breakfast forum hosted by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy. The forum was co-hosted by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Madam Ho Ching. The forum highlighted the contribution and inclusion of women in the advancement of businesses in the region.
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also hosted Business Summit’s CEO Forum on Saturday, March 17. Selected prominent business leaders from ASEAN and Australia came together to discuss topics vital to deepening economic integration. Concepcion was one of the selected delegates to represent Philippines.
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, ASEAN BAC Cambodia Council Member Sok Piseth and Concepcion.
In his speech, Prime Minister Turnbull related how ASEAN and Australia share the commitment to stable and secure open markets and free trade. “Open markets do not happen by themselves. They require the support and commitment of governments and business leaders like yourselves.
That’s why I’ve invited you all here today, our business leaders here today, because the success of a resilient and innovative ASEAB region hinges on your contribution. Your participation today will improce our knowledge of opportunities in our markets and how we can secure them,” Prime Minister Turnbull declared.
Business leaders then joined roundtable discussion which focused on the following areas: tourism destination development and aviation, digital transformation in services, advanced manufacturing and industry, agri-food supply chain logistics, future energy supply chains, and infrastructure.
Concepcion with Dr. Robert Kahn the inventor of internet
The Mentoring The Mentor (MTM) 2018 is the first mentors event to be staged by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship “Go Negosyo” in partnership with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) and the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Legacy Project, where Go Negosyo Mentors, AMEN Mentors, Program Partners and enablers share their vision and pathway toward MSME Development through the power of the 3Ms Framework: Mentorship, Money and Market.
MTM 2018 will resound the overall theme of national summits and improved module of nationwide events of Go Negosyo Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) and Go Negosyo Kapatid Agri Mentor ME Program (KAMMP) grounded on the power of the 3Ms.
The formalized ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) is designed to facilitate the scaling up of micro, small and medium enterprises in the Philippines through mentorship as the overarching thrust with money and market as its pillars.
The event will be opened by the champions of Mentorship, Money and Market respectively.
The forums will zoom in on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Efforts for MSMEs’ Access to Inclusive Finance, Capital and Operational Expense, Digital Tools and Savings and Investments, followed by MSMEs’ Access to Local Markets, ASEAN Communities, and E-Commerce Furthermore, the integrative segment of the 3Ms is the Mentorship Forum with the Inclusive Business Models sharing best mentoring models across the region.
As part of the MTM 2018 agenda that aims to augment the quantity of mentors within the Philippines and the region, we are gathering AMEN mentors for its 2nd Steering Committee Meeting to pursue the agenda from ASEAN50 launched last November 12, 2018.
The event is set back-to-back with the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) on March 6, 2018 to be at the World Trade Center, Pasay City that will hold the largest 1-on-1 mentoring event with over 150 mentors to be attended by both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, students and administrators from the academe, business organizations, NGOs, cooperatives and government officials.
Mentors coming from big businesses of Southeast Asia met very early this morning at the City of Dreams to discuss the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Mentors Entrepreneurship Network (AMEN), establish a system to certify a mentors pool that would eventually lead to a mentors’ academy.
The idea of AMEN was initiated by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) chairman Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo and Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship, which had been mentoring Philippine micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for many years.
The session began with a getting-to- know-you among the ASEAN private and public sector delegates, who surprisingly came in big numbers to map out the Manila Declaration that would be presented later today before heads of states and nations attending the ASEAN Leaders Summit.
The Philippines had been implementing its Kapatid or Big Brother mentorship program, a close collaboration and partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry and the Go Negosyo, which Concepcion founded, that has already helped micro small and medium enterprises in 16 regions, 81 provinces, 89 batches and 1780 graduates and 400 certified mentors nationwide.
Through AMEN, it is hoped that the bloc would have an ASEAN Mentors modules, an ASEAN certification program for mentors and an ASEAN Mentors Academy.
Establishing a regional mentorship program is a “history happening” for the bloc to ensure that MSMEs would be better equipped to face the global market challenges, said Merly Cruz of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship.
Henry Widjaja, chairman of Dharma Bhakti Astra Foundation of Indonesia presented to the delegates the mentoring program it implemented to its SMEs imparting in them the core values of compassionate, adaptive, responsible and excellent (CARE) businesses as it undertook six stages in helping the small enterprises. These stages are: leading sector projects; prospecting foster fathers; pilot SME development; mentor addition; establishment of cooperatives and the self-reliance process.
Just like Kapatid program of the Philippines, Indonesia’s mentorship program entailed mentoring; market facilitation and financial facilitation, Widjaja said.