Press Releases

On April 5, 2019

ASEAN lacks effective measures and decisive political determination to address Non-Tariff-Barriers (NTBs) thus hurting the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)

(From left) Juan Sebastian Cortes-Sanchez, Trade Policy Analyst of Asian Trade Centre; Dr. Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit, Deputy Head and Assistant Professor, Centre for Multilateralism Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Nanyang Technological University; Chris Humphrey Executive Director of EU-ASEAN Business Council; Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI);
On April 5, 2019

Experts attribute Southeast Asian countries’ ‘hedging behaviour’ to external uncertainties, while cautioning that the lack of cohesiveness among ASEAN member states may cost ASEAN’s centrality in the new trade order

(From left) Prof. Dr. Kuik Cheng-Chwee, Associate Professor of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Dr. Cecilia Ruthstrom-Ruin, Deputy Director-General, Head of Department for Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden; Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng, Executive Director of Penang Institute; Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB
On March 12, 2019

Deputy Minister Dr. Ong Kian Ming: Malaysia is committed to multilateral trade pacts and ASEAN must demonstrate the collective political will to pursue shared prosperity through the acceleration of economic integration

(From left) YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Malaysia and Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of the ASEAN Business Club, during the CARI Briefing entitled “Exclusive Dialogue with YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister, Ministry of
On January 23, 2019

ASEAN Business Club signs Memorandum of Understanding with ASEAN Business Advisory Council and ASEAN Bankers Association for the Formation of ASEAN-BAC Joint Business Council Financial Services Working Group

(From left) Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, President of ASEAN Business Club; Mr. Arin Jira, Chairman of ASEAN Business Advisory Council; Mr. Paul Gwee, Secretary-General of ASEAN Bankers Association and Joey Concepcion, Chairman of ASEAN-Business Advisory Council Philippines at the MOU Signing Ceremony held in Bangkok.   ASEAN Business Club signs Memorandum of Understanding with
On January 8, 2019

EU trade expert urges SMEs to leverage the ASEAN Solutions for Investments, Services and Trade (ASSIST) mechanism to flag unfair Non-Tariff-Measures (NTMs)

(From left) Mr. Paolo R. Vergano, Trade Facilitation Expert in the ARISE Plus Project of ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU, and Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of the ASEAN Business Club, discuss how ASSIST can help expedite solutions for cross-border trade problems encountered by
On January 8, 2019

EU trade expert urges SMEs to leverage the ASEAN Solutions for Investments, Services and Trade (ASSIST) mechanism to flag unfair Non-Tariff-Measures (NTMs)

(From left) Mr. Paolo R. Vergano, Trade Facilitation Expert in the ARISE Plus Project of ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU, and Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of the ASEAN Business Club, discuss how ASSIST can help expedite solutions for cross-border trade problems encountered by
On September 26, 2018

ASEAN economic integration is making progress but further deepening of market integration and greater momentum are imperative to meet the AEC 2025 targets

(From left) Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of the ASEAN Business Club and Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Economic Community sharing their thoughts during the CARI Briefing session on “Progress, priorities and challenges of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)”. The briefing was organised by
On August 14, 2018

ASEAN must uphold rules-based free markets for trade and investment as a bloc in spite of potential short-term opportunistic benefits brought on by the U.S.-led trade wars

(From left) Roberto Benetello, Chief Executive Officer of the European Union (EU) – Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Siobhan M. Das, Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM); Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and President of the ASEAN Business Club; Dr. Donald Hanna, Group Chief
On July 26, 2018

Holistic policy approach and adequate safety nets imperative to withstand possible crisis in ASEAN while structural reform is key to long term financial resilience

(From left) Dr. Hans Genberg, Executive Director of the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre; Frank Scheidig, Global Head of Senior Executive Banking of DZ BANK; Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, Honorary Advisor of CARI; Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of ASEAN Business
On July 20, 2018

ASEAN policymakers urged to intensify facilitation of skilled labour mobility and education reforms to address extreme skills deficit

(From left) Dato’ CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran, Chief Executive of Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) of Malaysia; Chua Soon Ghee, Partner and Head of Southeast Asia of A.T. Kearney; Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of the ASEAN Business Club; Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer of