28th October 2011
An impressive gathering of over three hundred business leaders and government representatives from across the region attended ABC’s launch at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
CIMB Group Chief Executive Nazir Razak delivered the welcome address on behalf of the ABC Advisory Council. His Excellency Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN, officiated the launch of the club while former British Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Blair delivered a keynote address on the experience of the European Union.
Guests were given a glimpse of the development of currency at a special exhibition “The History of Money” with notes and coins dating back centuries. Door gifts comprised unique 180-year-old-teaspoons recovered from a shipwreck.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Indonesian diva Rossa and Malaysian singing legend Zainal Abidin. There was also an element of surprise at the event to celebrate His Excellency Surin Pitsuwan’s 62nd birthday.