The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
is a political, economic, and cultural organization of countries
located in Southeast Asia. It was formed on August 8, 1967,
by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.
The founding members were later joined by Brunei Darussalam,
Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
ASEAN Business Summit
From January 11 to 13, 2007, the annual ASEAN Business Summit
will be held in Cebu City, Philippines. Now in its 12th year,
the Summit will bring together the heads of states and foreign
ministers of all 10 ASEAN member-countries and their dialogue
partners to address economic and cultural development issues
in formal, roundtable meetings.
from internal meetings, the ASEAN Business Summit will also
be a venue for multilateral, inter-region dialogues between
ASEAN member-countries and dialogue partners from other Asian
regions and the rest of the world, namely China, Japan, South
Korea, North Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada,
the European Union, India, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea,
East Timor and the United States.
The three-day Summit will be participated in by heads of states
and foreign ministers from Southeast Asia as delegates and
their entourages. This internationally promoted and publicized
event will also be participated in by heads of states and
foreign ministers of ASEAN dialogue partners from other Asian
regions such as China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, India,
Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, as well
as those from Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, the
U.S. and the European Union. Aside from the delegates and
participants, the Summit is also expected to draw local and
foreign media organizations and generate international press.
approximately 2,500 delegates and up to 3,000 members of the
press are expected to attend the three-day summit, providing
a unique opportunity to communicate with key personalities
in ASEAN and with many more regional residents via the media.
to a recent report by International Data Corporation (IDC),
e-government initiatives are driving IT spending in Asia-Pacific.
With a number of the participating countries set to double
their spending on technology for the public sector, the 12th
ASEAN Business Summit offers a unique opportunity to interface
with top government leaders of Asia's most dynamic economies
in one venue, and to demonstrate the latest e-government technologies
available to them.
Among the activities taking place at the 12th ASEAN Business
· ASEAN internal organization
· Conference among ASEAN leaders
and foreign ministers of the ASEAN Regional Forum (Australia,
Canada, China, European Union,
India, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand,
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea,
Russia, East Timor, and the United States);
· Meeting among ASEAN heads
of state and those of China, Japan and South Korea; Meeting
ASEAN leaders and those of
Australia and New Zealand
The ASEAN Business Summit activities will be held concurrently
at the following venues:
International Convention Center
The most modern convention center in the Philippines is scheduled
to be completed in late October 2006. Built on three hectares
of land at the Mandaue Reclamation Area in Mandaue, Cebu,
the three-storey (basement included) structure will have a
total floor area of 20,000 square meters of exhibition space
and convention areas.
Mactan Island Resort
Located on the island of Mactan, Shangri-La's Mactan Island
Resort is the Philippines' largest and most exclusive deluxe
resort. The hotel has two grand ballrooms and smaller function
rooms that can be utilized for the ASEAN Business Summit activities.
A limited number of exclusive sponsorship opportunities are
available to select organizations that desire to demonstrate
their technologies in a hands-on, real-world environment. Sponsorships
involve both in-kind provision of equipment and services, as
well as an attractive financial investment. Where practical,
the Organizing Committee will work with sponsors to provide
delegates hands-on opportunities to experience new technologies
in the course of participation in the Summit.
categories are provided in the next section.