President Rodrigo Roa Duterte formally opens ABIS 2017, launches AMEN mentorship program

Nov. 12, 2017 / Manila, Philippines. His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his role as Chair of the ASEAN50, led today the ceremonial launch of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) as he formally opened the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.

AMEN is a  program of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) under  the Philippine Chairmanship. It is designed to facilitate the scaling up of the micro and small enterprises in the ASEAN region through mentorship. AMEN shall be the ASEAN’s first pool of mentors comprising of entrepreneurs, business practitioners and acdemicians.

Our Go Negosyo KApatid Mentor Me Program led to the creation of AMEN. It was there that we discovered the value of the 3 M’s --- Mentorship, Money and Market, in helping MSME’s prosper.” said Joey Concepcion, ABAC Chair and Go Negosyo Founder.

ABIS, on the other hand, is the culminating event of  the year, organized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), that highlights the multichannel connectivity, infrastructure development, entrepreneurial empowerment, disruptive innovation, policy directions in trade, issues that affect businesses which the council and its partners have been collectively resolving, and other trendsetting topics that have been the decisive and priority concerns of the leaders today. With the theme World Leaders’ Roadmap Towards Prosperity for ALL, the event promotes dialogue among the private sector and with the region’s leaders including Heads of State, Ministers of ASEAN Member States and ASEAN partners.

“We feel honored and encouraged by the support and participation of the ASEAN State Leaders in this endeavor,” said Joey Concepcion, ABAC Chair. “We look forward to collaborative and insightful discussions during the next two days keeping in mind the goal of creating prosperity for all in ASEAN.”

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