Strengthening the Canada-ASEAN Connection: Business Mobility (2020)

This report is a collaboration between the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC), with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The relationship between Canada and the ASEAN region is rapidly growing in importance, as both sides recognize the opportunities that emerge from closer cooperation and greater economic integration. In light of shifting global trade patterns, Canada is looking for opportunities to expand and diversify its economic ties beyond its traditional trading partners, and the ASEAN region offers extensive potential for Canadian businesses.

This report aims to:

  • Understand the two-way mobility challenges that businesspeople encounter when traveling between Canada and the ten ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Provide insight on current visa regulations and visa accessibility for business travel between Canada and each ASEAN country by looking into barriers relating to obtaining business visas and work permits
  • Offer policy recommendations to policy makers on how to improve the business mobility and thus the Canada-ASEAN connection

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2019 Canada-ASEAN Business Survey Report

This survey report is a collaboration between the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC), with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The 2019 Canada-ASEAN Business Survey targets Canadian businesses and supporting organizations that operate within the ASEAN region. It also includes ASEAN-based firms with strong Canadian connections, including those with senior Canadian executives or other comparably significant ties. 

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The Canada Advantage –
Benefits of an ASEAN – Canada FTA

This report is a collaborative publication by the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the National University of Singapore (NUS), with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

“The Canada Advantage” seeks to address how can ASEAN-based companies can benefit from the Canada trade opportunity, and specifically from the implementation of an ASEAN-Canada FTA.

It builds on previous research in prior CABC joint reports: “The ASEAN Advantage” (2017) highlighted compelling reasons for Canada-based companies to seek opportunities in ASEAN, while the “Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey” (2016) reviewed the perspectives of the firms with business interests related to both ASEAN and Canada. Collectively, the three reports support the case that realizing an ASEAN-Canada Free Trade Agreement would indeed be mutually beneficial.

This report goes beyond the two-way economic benefits outlined in that report, to examine fascinating stories of how ASEAN industries and businesses are already engaging with Canada, and how an FTA would meaningfully grow their opportunities.

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Improving Connectivity Between ASEAN’s Legal Systems to Address Commercial Issues 2018 

This important report by Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law takes an in-depth look at the legal barriers faced by companies trading and investing in ASEAN, and aims to provide actionable policy recommendations to improve business conditions in ASEAN.

The CABC is thrilled to  have been a supporting partner of the project. The practical recommendations for the ASEAN Secretariat/ the ASEAN countries to improve the business, trading, and legal environment will have a meaningful impact on our Members’ success in the region.

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The ASEAN Advantage –
Report on the Impact of a Canada-ASEAN FTA – 2017

The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is pleased to announce the release of the ASEAN Advantage, a new report providing a compelling argument for the implementation of a Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement. The report is a joint project between the CABC, the Asia Pacific Foundation (APF), the Business Council of Canada (BCC), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

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Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey – 2016 

The Canada-ASEAN Business Council was proud to partner with the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research on the 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey.
The 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook survey was designed to assess the opportunities, challenges, and general operating conditions facing Canadian businesses and Southeast Asia-based firms with strong Canadian ties in the ten countries of the ASEAN region. In total, 175 respondents participated in the survey between June and August 2016.
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Survey of Canadian Businesses in ASEAN – 2013

The Asia Pacific Foundation, in partnership with United Overseas Bank and the Canada-ASEAN Business Council, conducted a survey of Canadian companies currently active or interested in doing business in ASEAN countries. The survey included 138 Canadian Companies that were contacted between July and August of 2013. This report is the first of its kind and was used as a foundation to develop the CABC’s 2020 Vision Statement.

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Opportunities for Canadian Companies in ASEAN – 2013

The CABC and the Government of Canada are pleased to present an in-depth report to provide a timely assessment of the relative importance of the ASEAN market and the commercial opportunities that it presents for Canadian enterprises.

The report considers ASEAN from a regional, rather than a country by country, perspective. It presents an overview and introductory guide for Canadian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that may be interested in learning more about ASEAN and the opportunities and challenges it offers. ASEAN-Canada trade is reviewed, as are Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows, and particular sectors of opportunity for Canadian SMEs are identified based on Canadian strengths and areas of expertise.

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