The biannual Asian Business Networking Event (ABNE) has become somewhat of a tradition in Phnom Penh and one that is awaited for with great anticipation by Asian business leaders in the kingdom. Crossing cultures, languages, religion, and politics, the ABNE brings together Cambodia’s leading Asian business leaders at an event where ideas are discussed, friendships forged, and business deals initiated.
Now into its third year the 6th Asean Business Networking Event last Saturday, October 21, saw a broad cross-section of senior and mid-level Asian business leaders from some of Cambodia’s largest investors get together for a social evening of wine, food, and music… and name card exchanging with a moderate amount of bowing, and waiing thrown in.
Representatives from Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Malaysian, Thai, and Chinese companies, conglomerates, and SMEs mingled together discussing projects, supply chains, logistics, and common issues, in what has become the ‘do not miss’ social business event of Phnom Penh business social calendar.
One of the organisers of the 6th ABNE, Yuji Kiyono, said with Asian businesses making up the bulk of foreign investment in Cambodia, it makes sense for the different Asian business leaders to get together occasionally to network and see what prospects exist for establishing and cementing inter-Asian trade. The ABNE provides the opportunity for different Asian business leaders to mingle, talk, and forge relationships that they otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to do.
“It has been very well received because the individual Asian groups recognise the potential in increasing regional trade given the state of some trade markets. Here everyone can be relaxed; have a relaxing time while exploring those opportunities”, he said.
These photos and the video above capture the mood of the 6th Asean Business Networking Event.
6th Asean Business Networking Event Photo Slide Gallery
Feature video John Le Fevre
Photos Kongleaphy Keam and John Le Fevre
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