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2016 Business Forum



The CABC is proud to announce a successful 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Forum!


The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) hosted the 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Forum (CABF), from September 7 to 8 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two-day forum successfully drew over 260 participants and brought together global business leaders and senior government officials from Canada and Southeast Asia to explore opportunities to accelerate multilateral trade and cooperation.


Themed “Partnering for Growth in ASEAN”, the forum featured industry breakout sessions as well as keynote addresses and remarks by a number of eminent figures. Participants had ample opportunities for business networking and for discussing their priorities with government representatives. They left energized by the opportunities in the region and plans for closer Canada-ASEAN ties.

“The Canada-ASEAN Business Council is an important part of the Canada-ASEAN relationship, and we are working in partnership with the CABC to grow Canada-ASEAN business” said Marie-Louise Hannan, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN, who participated in the Forum. During the forum, the CABC also released the 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey results which provide insight on the Canada-ASEAN business relationship. The CABC also announced the plan to release their study on impact and prospective opportunities of a possible Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in the first quarter of 2017. 

According to CABC President Wayne Farmer, “The potential for Canadian companies in ASEAN is substantial, but Canadian presence in the region lags global peers. With a Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in the works, there is no better time to focus on the Canada-ASEAN business partnership development.”


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