The CABC joins the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), other Joint Business Councils (JBC) and sector champions to submit a package of recommendations titled “A Pathway to Recovery and Hope in ASEAN” to ASEAN leaders at the virtual High-Level Dialogue on ASEAN Post-Pandemic Recovery Organised by the ASEAN Secretariat.

The CABC would like to thank its Members and partners including the Canadian Chambers of Commerce across Southeast Asia for their valuable inputs and contributions to this effort to drive collaboration between Canada and ASEAN in economic recovery.

ASEAN BAC and Joint Business Councils call for a New Age in the ASEAN Way

ASEAN BAC Chair Dr. Doan Duy Khuong stressed “It is time for the faster and more innovative ASEAN Way of doing things if it wishes to get out of the pandemic stronger and more cohesive and responsive. ASEAN peoples are looking at us and clamoring for something that would give them hope for the future.”

“A Pathway towards Recovery and Hope in ASEAN” submitted to ASEAN Leaders

ASEAN BAC and its partner Joint Business Councils (JBC) and sector champions had recently submitted to the ASEAN Leaders its recommendations entitled Pathway to Recovery and Hope in ASEAN.  Khun Arin Jira, Chair of ASEAN BAC Thailand added that “What we have submitted to the Leaders is a package of short-term proposals to facilitate coordinated, confidence- building mechanisms as we gradually re-open our economies.  And as we re-open, we’ve also put in a parallel track that would seize the opportunity for a smart and solid take off towards sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.”

ASEAN High Level Special Commission (HSLC) needed to drive reform

Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Chair for Malaysia, said that “But all these nice recommendations will end up nowhere unless we have a sea change in terms of transformative thinking in the way we make decisions and execute plans in ASEAN.  It all boils down to the setting up of a High Level Special Commission (HSLC) that should be mandated to work on the recommendations with support from the proposed ASEAN Special Business Advisory Board to undertake sweeping economic reforms.”

Read the Statement from ASEAN-BAC here.
The publication can be downloaded here