Australia Awards alumni spearhead forum on the impact of ASEAN integration to Filipino entrepreneurs

The Australian alumni community in the Philippines, in partnership with the Australian Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo, launched the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Forum last 24 June 2015 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

Australia Awards alumni spearhead forum on the impact of ASEAN integration  to Filipino entrepreneurs
The forum stemmed from the Re-Entry Action Plans of Australia Awards 2013 intake scholars Katrina Santillan and Jo Anne Loquellano-Cruz, both from the University of Melbourne.

The program served as a platform for sharing best practices and strategies to help Filipino micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) prepare for the ASEAN integration. It also gave the audience an international perspective on doing business with ASEAN counterparts.

Australia Awards alumni Dandy Victa (Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology) and Mydia Lacaba (Master of Commerce, University of New South Wales) shared their experiences on on-line entrepreneurship while local entrepreneurs such as Laura Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Jay Yuvallos of Interior Basics  talked about expanding their businesses abroad.

Another highlight of the program was the webilogue (video conference) with counterparts from Vietnam and Indonesia about the efforts done by other ASEAN countries for the AEC. (Photo courtesy of Go Negosyo)

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