On December 11, 2017, the Council hosted a Welcome Luncheon in honor of H.E. Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, the Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, who formally assumed his post on November 29. The event featured remarks from the Council’s President & CEO Alexander Feldman; Mr. Vance Y. Hum, CEO of I.M. Systems Group; and Mr. Jon Huenemann, Vice Chair of the Philippines Committee and Vice President of U.S. & International Corporate Affairs at Philip Morris International.
The US-ASEAN Business Council met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during its annual Myanmar Business Mission to Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw. The delegation of 14 companies also met with key economic Ministers and the Myanmar private sector.
On October 3, the US-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner in honor of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha of Thailand during his official visit to Washington, D.C. The dinner also featured remarks by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. President Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister Prayut at the White House the day prior to discuss further strengthening of U.S.-Thai bilateral relations.
The Council organized a high-level business delegation to accompany U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to Thailand and Laos. The group of six companies was led by Keith Williams, Chair, US-ASEAN Business Council Board of Directors and President, CEO and Trustee, UL. The Council delegation accompanied Secretary Ross’s meetings with H.E. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and other senior officials.
On September 12, the US-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner in honor of Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia during his visit to Washington, D.C. The dinner also featured remarks by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Elizabeth Erin Walsh. President Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister Najib at the White House earlier the same day to strengthen the Comprehensive Partnership and celebrate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations.
The US-ASEAN Business Council met with ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh during its annual ASEAN Secretariat Business Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia. The delegation of 10 companies was co-led by Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director at the US-ASEAN Business Council; Marc Mealy, Vice President-Policy at the US-ASEAN Business Council; and Archawat Chareonsilp, ASEAN Public Affairs and Communications Director at the Coca-Cola Company, Chair of the Council’s ASEAN Committee.