USABC Brings Major American Business Delegation to Engage Newly Elected Royal Thai Government
On November 21 - 23, the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) brought a delegation of 42 leading American companies to Bangkok for its annual Thailand Business Mission to engage the new Thai administration. In their engagements with the Royal Thai Government, delegation members gained firsthand insight into the Royal Thai Government’s plans and policies to promote investment, growth, sustainability, innovation, and stronger business relations between Thailand and the United States. The delegation offered the U.S. private sector's full support as a dedicated partner. This mission marks the Council’s largest country Business Mission in ASEAN this year.
The delegation was co-led by Ambassador Brian McFeeters, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director of USABC and USABC’s Thailand Committee Leadership, including Cargill, Ford, Google, and Guardian Industries.
“American businesses continue to see Thailand as a strategic and priority market in Southeast Asia. We appreciate the Royal Thai Government’s priorities in boosting Thailand economy and efforts in fostering stronger economic relations between the two countries," said Ambassador Brian McFeeters. "Our member companies were impressed that the Ministers and senior officials we met were focused on addressing and resolving specific issues raised in the meetings, creating prospects for increased business ties.”
The Mission kicked off with a meeting with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and members of his cabinet. “Thailand is now open for business and there has never been a better time to invest in Thailand,” stated Prime Minister Srettha. “The Thai government’s top three priorities are to promote sustainability and clean energy investment, to proactively engage with international partners, and to advance Thailand Digital economy. Thailand welcomes U.S. investment and looking forward to strengthening cooperation and find ways for foster new investment opportunities.
In addition to Prime Minister Srettha, the delegation also met with Cabinet members and senior government officials including:
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Phumtham Wechayachai
- Minister of Transport Suriya Jungrungreangkit
- Minister of Digital Economy and Society Prasert Chantararuangthong
- Minister of Tourism and Sports Sudawan Wangsuphakitkosol
- Deputy Minister of Finance Julapun Amornvivat
- Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow
- Permanent Secretary of Energy Dr. Prasert Sinsukprasert
- Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Dr.Panumas Yarnwetsakul
- Deputy Permanent Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Thalearngsak Petchsuwan
- Governor of Bank of Thailand Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput
- Secretary General of the Eastern Economic Corridor Chula Sukmanop