The 9th ACSE Annual Meeting, held on August 20, 2023, under the theme "Advancing Scholarly Publishing through Evolution, Equity, and Empowerment," marked a milestone in fostering collaboration, knowledge dissemination, and innovation within the Asian scholarly publishing community. The virtual event convened renowned speakers, expert moderators, active participants, generous sponsors, and esteemed supporters, drawing over 400 attendees from diverse regions. The event's agenda encompassed a wide spectrum of discussions, ranging from the evolution of scholarly publishing to addressing challenges of equity and the introduction of SCIONE, a user-friendly editorial system developed by ACSE. The engaging panel discussions highlighted the role of artificial intelligence in the scholarly publishing industry. The event celebrated ACSE's achievements, including its role as a community-driven council that connects industry professionals and fosters capacity building. Attendees appreciated the insightful sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities. The event served as a platform to reinforce ACSE's commitment to enhancing scholarly publishing standards in Asia, promising future endeavors such as webinars, workshops, and collaborative initiatives to empower researchers and editors. The successful event concluded with heartfelt gratitude to all participants, contributing to the collective efforts of advancing scholarly communication through evolution, equity, and empowerment.