On 3 October 2017, H.E. Mr. Manasvi Srisodapol, Ambassador of Thailand to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, hosted an ABC (ASEAN Brussels Committee) luncheon with the delegation from EU-ASEAN Business Council, during their visit to Brussels to enhance engagement between the EU and ASEAN.
Established in 2014 to promote closer collaboration between European businesses and ASEAN member countries, the EU-ASEAN Business Council now consists of over 30 multinational corporations and 9 European chambers of commerce and has regular contacts with various interlocutors both in the EU and ASEAN.
In their opening remarks, Ambassador Srisodapol, his counterpart, Mr. Theo Bakker, Vice Chairman of EU-ASEAN Business Council and head of delegation, and the current chair of ABC, H.E. Mr. Chea Thireak, Ambassador of Cambodia to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, called for further engagement between the EU and ASEAN, especially in the area of trade and investment through the advancement of FTA negotiations for the mutual benefit of the two regions.