EABC BUSINESS SENTIMENT SURVEY
April 25, 2019
EU-ASEAN Business Council has just launched their fifth business sentiment survey of European businesses in Southeast Asia and Beluxcham is writing to ask for your kind assistance to promote the survey . Your responses would assist in formulating a position for European businesses in ASEAN; how further support and promotion of European interests in the region can be done, such as accelerating the negotiation of FTAs and highlighting the need for more private-public sector dialogue and faster developments on the ASEAN economic integration agenda.
The EU-ASEAN Business Sentiment Survey is read by Ministers and Senior Officials both in the EU and ASEAN. The publication had been quoted by ASEAN Ministers during regional conferences and Ministerial meetings (including most recently at the ASEAN Finance Ministers meeting in Chiang Rai at the beginning of the month). Previous surveys have highlighted the strong commitment of European businesses to the ASEAN region, which helps in EU-ASEAN Business Council's advocacy efforts across Southeast Asia. You will also wish to be aware that DGTrade will be taking the results of the section of the survey on FTAs to help formulate policy towards future FTA negotiations with the ASEAN region (they have also commissioned a survey of ASEAN companies on this topic to get a better understanding of the views of local businesses at this end).
Last year, 51% of the respondents saw ASEAN as the region with greatest economic potential ahead of China, which was a distant second place. However, with the changes taking place in the global, political and trade landscape; it is critical to ascertain if that view still stands. Therefore, we would like to seek your help in sending the survey out. The link to this year’s survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EABSS2019 It should take no more than 15 minutes for anyone to complete it.
You can view last years’ results here https://www.eu-asean.eu/publications
Thank you for your help. It is important that we get as many companies as possible to respond. We appreciate the time you have taken and will actively use it to further support and promote European interests in the region.