What We Do

Our Vision

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To remain the best American regional trade association for our members, board and staff, tangibly making a positive difference to each of these groups.

Our Mission

To deliver tangible results that support our members’ business objectives by removing constraints on trade and investment activities in ASEAN, and elevating the importance of the US-ASEAN economic relationship to American and ASEAN public policy makers and business leaders.

Delivering proven business results in Southeast Asia

For more than 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia. ASEAN now represents more than 630 million people and a combined GDP of US $2.4 trillion across Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Council's members include the largest U.S. companies working in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for a century or more.

The Council has offices in:
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York
  • Bangkok
  • Hanoi
  • Jakarta
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Manila
  • Singapore

The Council's committees serve as umbrellas for our membership's sectoral initiatives at both the local and regional level. The committees include:

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • ASEAN
  • APEC
  • Customs
  • Defense & Security
  • Energy & Environment
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • ICT
  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing

Over the next decade, by virtue of its growing middle class, infrastructure development and strategic position at the center of Pacific trade routes, ASEAN's ten members will enjoy growth rates among the most robust in the world. With more than 65% of ASEAN’s population under the age of 35, ASEAN’s demographic trends will continue to fuel growth well into the future. The Council is convinced on strategic grounds that America’s economic vitality depends on its success in the Asia-Pacific region, and ASEAN plays a central role.

The Council is the only U.S.-based organization recognized in the ASEAN charter as a supporting organization of ASEAN. In service to its members, the Council leads major business missions to all ten ASEAN countries, convenes multiple meetings with ASEAN heads of state and ministers, and is the only U.S. organization to be given the privilege to raise member company concerns in consultations with the ASEAN Economic, Energy, Finance, Transport and Forestry & Agriculture Ministers, as well as the ASEAN Customs Directors-General, at their annual meetings.

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With long-established personal and professional relationships with key ASEAN decision makers, the Council is able to arrange genuine dialogues, solve problems and facilitate opportunities in all types of market conditions, and provide market entry and exclusive advisory services. As a member-driven organization, we tailor our services to advance individual member needs.

Through the Council, members can:

  • Gain insights into regional opportunities
  • Increase expertise and access to information while advancing their companies
  • Receive individual support for ASEAN operations
Read more about membership benefits.