The Canadian ASEAN Business Council
The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) was founded on recommendation of DFATD and the Canadian Minister of Trade’s office by His Excellency David Sevigny, former High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore. Mr. Sevigny tasked the Canadian private sector to develop the CABC, and its founding was announced by Minister of Trade Ed Fast at the 2012 ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM), Cambodia. The Canadian private sector in the region stepped up, hosting the first Canada-ASEAN Business Forum in Singapore in 2013.
The Canada-ASEAN Business Council is the sole organization with an ASEAN region-wide mandate to promote and increase trade relations between Canada and ASEAN. At its core, the mission of the CABC is simple: to provide our members with concrete commercial opportunities to build and grow their companies. The CABC has three primary offerings for our members: to facilitate high level networking between Canadian and ASEAN companies, act as an advocacy engine to Canadian and ASEAN Governments and to provide/produce region-specific educational and market research materials.
Offerings of the CABC:
Networking: The primary purpose of the CABC has, and continues to be the creation, maintenance and growth of commercial interests within the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor. To this end, the CABC works towards providing high-quality networking opportunities that will allow our members to build and grow their organizations.
Advocacy: ASEAN consists of 10 nations all with unique challenges and opportunities. We work closely with national, regional and local governments to represent our members' interests and concerns as well as provide a platform through which to enact change. In addition to ASEAN region governments, the CABC enjoys a productive and collegial relationship with key decision makers in the Canadian government.
Education: Our goal is to educate our members about ASEAN and its many opportunities by providing region and industry specific resources to help companies make the right decisions at the right time.
To learn more about the CABC, including how to join as a member, please visit www.canasean.com