The Canada-ASEAN Business Council
The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) was established in 2012 by Canadian private sector companies operating in ASEAN, at the request of Canada’s Minister of International Trade through Global Affairs Canada, at the first ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) consultation with Canada in Cambodia. It is the pre-eminent organisation with an ASEAN region-wide mandate to promote and increase trade relations between Canada and ASEAN.
The mission of the CABC is simple: to facilitate increased trade and investment in the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor through policy advocacy, networking, and education.
Since its founding, the CABC has produced numerous key initiatives to enhance outcomes for Canadian businesses in the region. These include the production of an Opportunities Study for Canadian Companies, and three Surveys of Canadian Business in ASEAN (2013, 2016, and 2019) to better understand the obstacles of doing business in the region. The CABC has also jointly produced a first-of-its-kind report detailing the specific economic benefits Canada and ASEAN could expect from a free-trade agreement between the regions (2017), and a report detailing the specific benefits to ASEAN member-states (2018) from a free-trade agreement.
The CABC hosts sector-specific events, in addition to major events including the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum (typically held every 18 months). Events are held across ASEAN and Canada on a regular basis, always in response to the specific business needs of our Members.
CABC membership includes leading Canadian enterprises active in ASEAN, and is open to companies conducting business or considering doing business between Canada and the ASEAN region. The CABC is based in Singapore, and has a representative office in Calgary, Canada where it is also registered as a Federal not-for-profit organisation.
Key Goals of the CABC:
|Education:||We educate our members and stakeholders about Canada-ASEAN trade and its many opportunities, by providing region and industry specific resources to help companies make the right decisions at the right time.|
|Advocacy:||ASEAN consists of 10 nations all with unique challenges and opportunities. We work closely with these governments to represent our members’ interests and concerns as well as provide a platform through which to enact change. In addition to the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN regional governments, the CABC enjoys a productive relationship with key decision makers in the Canadian provincial and federal governments.|
|Networking:||CABC creates, maintains, and grows commercial interests within the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor. To this end we work towards providing high-quality networking events with the intention of providing our members with concrete opportunities to build and grow their organizations.|
The CABC is a registered not-for-profit Society in Singapore. For more questions on the CABC, please visit our contact us page.