TeamAsia Stages Annual Meeting of Asian City Leaders in Manila

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Award-winning strategic marketing communications firm TeamAsia managed the annual Asian Network of Major Cities 21 conference in Manila. Almost 300 local government officials from major Asian cities attended the conference and other events held in conjunction with the annual meeting. The Philippines is an increasingly popular destination for major international conferences, and TeamAsia is a leading professional conference organizer.

AMNC 21 Participants

There were 272 official delegates from the member cities and walk-in participants who attended the plenary meeting

International award-winning strategic marketing communications firm TeamAsia managed the annual Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) Plenary Meeting and related events in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in Manila, Philippines. The meeting was attended by almost 300 local public officials working in the region's most progressive cities.

ANMC21 is an annual meeting of top Asian city government officials from Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metro Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Yangon. Asian cultural events were presented at the sprawling SM Mall of Asia in Manila's renowned bay area, and a Tokyo Metropolitan Government-sponsored plenary conference took place at the nearby Sofitel Philippine Plaza. The series of events took place November 25-27 last year.

"The international meeting, incentive, convention, and exhibition industry -- or MICE -- is an important generator of foreign exchange and jobs for the Philippines, and the Philippines is well-positioned to leverage the industry," said TeamAsia president and founder Monette Iturralde-Hamlin. "We believe the Philippines deserves greater recognition as an important venue for international meetings and conventions and we were therefore delighted to have the opportunity to contribute our event management and public relations expertise for ANMC21."

The meeting, spearheaded by MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando and Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, served as a venue to deliberate on joint projects, public policy and administrative issues. The Manila Declaration, a document chronicling discussions and decisions made during the annual meeting, addresses major issues such as climate change, provision of low-cost housing, and control of infectious diseases.

In support of ANMC21's objectives to promote regional cooperation and understanding through culture and the arts, TeamAsia also organized the Asian Performing Arts Festival (APAF) and other ANMC21-related cultural events.

APAF is an annual festival featuring talented performing artists from member cities. Other ANMC21 cultural events included a series of live musical and theatrical performances. The performances were open to the public, allowing people from all walks of life to experience the diverse, rich cultural heritage of the Asian cities represented in ANMC21, according to Ms. Hamlin.

The plenary meeting and cultural events were well attended. "There were 272 official delegates from the member cities and walk-in participants who attended the plenary meeting," said TeamAsia managing director Michael Alan Hamlin. "For the cultural events and APAF, we welcomed an audience of over 3,000, demonstrating a significant level of intra-Asia cultural interest."

TeamAsia serves clients in a wide range of industries, including banking and finance, arts and culture, telecommunications, trade associations, technology, and business process outsourcing.

According to Ms. Hamlin, the Manila-based agency develops place, corporate, and personal brand strategies, creative concepts, and marketing communications programs. It focuses on non-traditional communications channels, including Web 2.0 technologies, online brand advertising and interactive website development, contact center services, public relations, events, and experiential and direct marketing communications services.

Caption: ANMC21 member cities' heads and representatives (from left): Shindu Mishra, Delhi; Dato Hakim Borham; Kuala Lumpur; Aisa Tobing, Jakarta; Chaiwat Chalongpantarat, Bangkok; Bayani F. Fernando, MMDA Chairman representing Metropolitan Manila; Shintaro Ishihara, Tokyo; Ki Chun Kim, Seoul; Desmond Ng, Singapore; and Raymond L.S. Wang, Taipei.

About TeamAsia
TeamAsia is an award-winning strategic marketing communications firm that develops place, corporate, and personal brand strategies, creative concepts, and marketing communications programs for its clients. It specializes in non-traditional communications channels, including the Web (e-Mail, blog and Podcast marketing, online brand advertising and website development, search engine marketing), contact center services, direct marketing, public relations, events, and innovative experiential and direct marketing communications collateral.

Its clients include APC, Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P), CB Richard Ellis, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), ClickEffects, EMC, Fluor, Google, Gurango Software Corporation, Headstrong, HTC, InterGen, Japan Foundation, Japan International Cooperation Agency, League of Corporate Foundations, Globe Telecom, Philippine Society of Gastroenterology, Microsoft, MediCall, National Organizing Committee for the 12th ASEAN Summit, Philippine Association of Securities Brokers and Dealers, Raffles Solutions, Reuters, Sara Lee, Seagate, and other organizations. For more information, visit http://www.teamasia.com

About ANMC21
The ANMC21 is an international network of Asian capital and major cities including Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metro Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Yangon. The network aims to undertake joint projects involving the member cities to address regional issues such as technological development, environmental countermeasures and industrial development.

About the ANMC21 Plenary Meeting
The ANMC21 Plenary Meeting is an annual convergence of representatives, usually governors or mayors, of the ANMC21 member cities. The meeting is organized as a venue for discussions on joint projects, policies and administrative issues, as well as presentations on progress and outcome of activities and programs. The output of the meeting is a joint declaration among the member cities, espousing official stand on pressing issues or commitment to identified advocacies.

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