About the Business Support Partner
The EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) is the primary voice for multinational European businesses within the ASEAN region, being endorsed by the European Commission and recognised as such by ASEAN.
Formally established and constituted in early 2014, the EU-ABC has existed on an informal basis since 2011, successfully organising several EU-ASEAN Business Summits and regularly interacting with the European Commission, the ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, and other related organisations such as the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.
The EU-ABC’s membership consists of large European multi-national corporations and eight European Chambers of Commerce from around South East Asia.
Vision and Mission
The overarching objective of the EU-ABC to promote changes in policies, rules and regulations so that European businesses can more easily invest and develop their businesses in the region to the benefit of the local economies and populations as well as their own shareholders.
The Mission of the EU-ASEAN Business Council is to:
– Advocate for European business interests in the ASEAN region;
– Push for the reduction and eventual elimination of barriers to trade (both tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers);
– Facilitate trade and investment between Europe and ASEAN;
– Collaborate and interact with the ASEAN Secretariat and other related bodies;
– Contribute to and promote pan-ASEAN economic integration; and
– Support the establishment of an EU-ASEAN free trade agreement, and FTAs between the EU and ASEAN Member States in the meantime.
Achieving Our Mission
To support this overall mission, the EU-ABC has established, and continues to develop, a series of Advocacy Groups covering both individual commercial sectors (e.g. Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG); Automotive; Insurance; Financial Services) and cross-industry issues (e.g. IPR/Illicit Trade; Human Capital & Labour Regulation; Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade). These Advocacy Groups are made up from leading MNCs in each area plus representatives from the Committees from our European Chamber of Commerce membership. This approach ensures a broad based approach to raising and handling issues that face industry and inhibit the ability of businesses to trade and invest.
Membership and Fees
The EU-ABC has three categories of membership: Chamber Membership, for the European Chambers of Commerce in South East Asia; MNC Membership, for our multi-national corporation members; and, Associate Membership, for not-for-profit entities. The terms and conditions for MNC membership can be downloaded from this page as can the application form. Please send a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the same address if you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss membership and the benefits of being a member.