Farewell Dinner in honor of the Honorable Robert Blake, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, July 18, 2016
The Council and it members said farewell to Ambassador Blake as he ended his tour as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia
Briefing with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, July 12

The US-ASEAN Business Council hosted Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, for a discussion at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC. Mr. Rhodes offered a comprehensive readout on President Obama's recent trip to Vietnam, the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, and the President's forthcoming trip to Laos in September.

Chairman’s Mission to Vietnam, May 23-25
On May 24, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Vu Tien Loc met with the Council during the Chairman’s Mission to Vietnam. The Council party included US-ABC Chairman and President & CEO of UL Keith Williams, US-ABC President & CEO Alexander Feldman, US-ABC Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director Ambassador Michael Michalak, and Chair of the Council’s Vietnam Committee and President & CEO of GE ASEAN Wouter Van Wersch.
2016 ASEAN Ambassadors’ Tour, Louisville, Kentucky, June 1-3
The Council’s annual ASEAN Ambassadors’ Tour brought representatives from all ten ASEAN counties, including eight Ambassadors, to Louisville, Kentucky to promote trade and investment between Southeast Asia and the United States. Among the stops on the tour was a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, which was a real home run!
President Obama Visits Vietnam, May 23-25
Alexander C. Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council, and other key dignitaries greet The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, and His Excellency Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in Hanoi on May 24 on the occasion of President Obama’s first trip to Vietnam.
Launch of ASEAN SME Academy, May 31, Singapore

US-ASEAN Business Council Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director Ambassador Michael Michalak joins hands with Dr. Wimonkan Kosumas, of the Thailand Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion, Rebecca Acuna of USAID, and Nguyen Hoa Cuong of Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Planning to officially launch the ASEAN Online SME Academy, a project of the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs.

Mission to the 2016 ASEAN Directors-General of Customs Meeting, May 25-26, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Ambassador Michael W. Michalak of the US-ASEAN Business Council and Director-General of Indonesian Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi lead the Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee’s annual Dialogue Partner Consultation with the ten ASEAN Directors-General of Customs.

Dinner in Honor of H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of Thailand

On March 30, the US-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner for Prime Minister Prayut of Thailand, pictured here listening to remarks from USABC President & CEO Alexander Feldman highlighting the enduring strength of the 183-year commercial relationship between the U.S. and Thailand.

US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs Holds Cosmetics Event in Thailand, February 17, 2016

The US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs (Business Alliance) held a workshop entitled “Digital Business for Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Training” (February 17, 2016). This event was attended by more than 150 entrepreneurs from SME’s. The workshop was sponsored by Procter & Gamble (P&G), the Office of SME Promotion (OSMEP) and USAID, with support from the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), the Thai Cosmetic Manufacturer Association (TCMA), and United Parcel Service (UPS).

H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, greets USTR Michael Froman and other key dignitaries at the Council’s AEC Conference on February 17, 2016
USTR Michael Froman, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, and the ASEAN Trade Ministers greet His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, following his keynote address to open the Council’s conference titled “Asia’s Best Kept Secret: The ASEAN Economic Community” on February 17, 2016 in San Francisco, California.