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Honoring Innovation, Sustainability and Inclusivity, ASEAN Business Awards 2023 Announces 26 Award Recipients

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) held the 2023 ASEAN Business Awards (ABA), honoring the businesses and individuals who prioritize innovation, sustainability and inclusiveness in the ASEAN region. The awards are the testament to the adoption of best practices, innovative strategies, and a commitment to excellence.

ABA 2023 succeeded in bringing more than 700 submissions, including corporations, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and individuals, who came from the ASEAN countries. A total of 26 best participants in 13 categories were awarded to corporations and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as well as individuals from the region, at the 2023 ABA awarding night which was held at the Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place Hotel, Jakarta.

Vice President (Wapres) Ma'ruf Amin emphasized the importance of a culture of cooperation, peace and respect for diversity as the foundation of ASEAN's strength during his keynote speech.

"The strength of ASEAN is centered on a culture of cooperation, peace and respect for the diversity of ASEAN countries," said the Vice President at the 2023 ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) Awarding Night at the Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Monday (4/9/2023) .

At the event, the Vice President specifically expressed Indonesia's commitment to maintaining harmony in diversity, encouraging a peaceful approach in resolving conflicts, and respecting international law.

“As a diverse country, Indonesia really understands the hard work of maintaining harmony and unity in diversity. That is why Indonesia is determined to encourage peaceful approaches, constructive dialogue and compliance with international law in resolving conflicts," said the Vice President.


Significant Pillars

Concurrently, the Chairperson of the ASEAN-BAC 2023 who is also the Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arsjad Rasjid said, the business world is one of the important pillars for advancing the ASEAN economy. As Chair of the ASEAN-BAC in 2023, Indonesia is at the forefront of giving appreciation to parties who are considered to have contributed to various economic sectors.

"The business world must get the portion it should because it plays an important role in helping the government improve the economy and the region’s appeal," said Arsjad.

Arsjad said, ASEAN-BAC has consistently given appreciation to business actors who have been driving companies and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Business actors, he continued, have created positive performance, innovation, inclusion and sustainable growth in ASEAN.

"It is the responsibility of ASEAN-BAC to provide recognition and respect for the various achievements that have been achieved. It is a positive step taken by Indonesia to reward the performance achievements of the industry, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and individuals," said Arsjad.

Carrying the theme "Uniting Visions, Powering Growth," the 2023 ABA consists of eight award categories, covering five pillars specifically for large companies and the MSME scale. Meanwhile, another pillar is for the individual category.

Award Categories

There are 13 award categories in various sectors and fields. The five pillars for companies and MSMEs consist of Digital Transformation, Sustainable Development, Food Security, Health Security, Trade and Investment Facilitation, as well as 1 pillar for individuals.

This pillar includes 10 award categories, namely The Bionic Company, The Best CX, NetZero Leader, Plastic Waste Circularity, Sustainable Crop Production, Tech for Sustainable Agriculture, Health Innovation, Corporate Health Achievement, Export Growth, and Innovative Investment. Apart from that, this pillar also includes 3 award categories for individuals consisting of ASEAN Women Leaders, ASEAN Under 40, and Friends of ASEAN Awards.

Arsjad said that as ASEAN-BAC consistently continues to strengthen industrial leadership, increase competitiveness and strengthen global recognition as it enters its 17th year

Apart from handing out the awards, ABA 2023 is also an exhibition for the rich and diverse cultural heritage in the ASEAN region. “We present innovative cultural performances that encapsulate the spirit and traditions of the region, including captivating immersive experiences.

The awards night will also feature renowned singers who will add a touch of glam and artistry to the celebrations.

“What sets ABA 2023 apart is the presence of influential heads of state, ministers and business leaders from various countries. ASEAN countries are increasingly raising their prestige to build a stronger and more prosperous region," Arsjad concluded.

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