Despite the fast-approaching holidays, there is still a great deal of activity here at the Council. We have just completed an innovative event in Singapore, a Human Capital Forum designed to work on supporting ASEAN countries in the creation of a 21st century workforce. You can read some of the press coverage here. This week, our sold-out Indonesia mission is visiting Jakarta and we are hosting a briefing with Senior ASEAN Commerce officers here in D.C.
November has been another significant month in US-ASEAN relations as President Obama returned to Myanmar for the East Asia Summit. You can read more about the current situation in Myanmar in our recent Myanmar updates. A council delegation visited Naypyitaw last week to participate in the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, and another group headed to Beijing to participate in the APEC CEO Summit and various sideline meetings.
As members may know, this month we lost another leading light in US-ASEAN relations, as Council co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Rod Hills passed away. You can read a longer note on Rod and his contributions to the Council by clicking here.
I want to thank you for the tremendous support that you brought to the Council’s 30th anniversary celebration and our U.S. Ambassador’s Tour. We had an enormously successful event, where the Council was deeply honored to be able to look forward to the future of the US-ASEAN relationship, highlight the ASEAN Matters for America Project, recognize Rod Hills for his incredible role in growing the Council, and celebrate the life of Laura Hudson.
August was yet another busy month for the Council, and September shows no sign of letting up. We begin this month with missions to Cambodia, Malaysia and Brunei, and engagements with the leaders of Malaysia and the Philippines in New York during the U.N. General Assemby (UNGA). The Council’s SME program, the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, has a number of coming events and opportunities to become involved in. In case you missed it, the Business Alliance launched a report entitled, “Beyond AEC 2015: Policy Recommendations for AEC 2015,” at the ASEAN-US Business Summit in Naypyitaw. You can download the report here.
The Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner is on October 2 in Washington, D.C. Confirmed speakers include ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh and World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, among others. We hope to see you for this important and historic event.
Welcome to the August edition of the President’s Newsletter!
August is shaping up to be another busy month for the Council as it opened with the conclusion of the Council’s annual Myanmar Business Mission (July 30 – August 1). On August 6 we led a Food and Agriculture mini-mission to the Philippines. The Council’s annual Golf Tournament will take place today, and then we will wrap up the month with a SME Training Program in Yangon and the Council’s annual Business Mission to the ASEAN Economic Minister’s Meeting.
Welcome to the July President’s Newsletter. Last month saw the completion of our second annual CEO Business Mission to Vietnam and the Philippines. Council Chairman Evan Greenberg of ACE led a group of CEOs from nine leading U.S. companies. The delegation was joined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and several of the CEOs and I traveled on with her to Myanmar. You can read an op-ed on the importance of trade with Asia co-authored by Evan Greenberg and Secretary Pritzker here.
This week we concluded our first Board of Directors Meeting of the year, where our Board Members held off-the-record briefings with Ambassador Stapleton Roy and National Security Council Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros.
Welcome to the June President’s Newsletter!
I have just finished traveling on the 2014 CEO Business Mission to Hanoi and Manila, led by Council Chairman Evan Greenberg. We were especially pleased this year to be accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Following the mission, some of the members of our delegation and I accompanied Secretary Pritzker to Myanmar.
Welcome to the May President’s Newsletter! We have another busy few months ahead, and we are currently leading a delegation of seven ASEAN Ambassadors to Memphis and Chicago on the ASEAN Ambassadors’ Tour, and in total nine of ten ASEAN nations are represented on our delegation. We are meeting with our members, the local business communities, local government and academia in these two important cities in an effort to spread the word about ASEAN Matters for America and build awareness of the region. We are grateful to Federal Express, Motorola Solutions and UL for their support of the ASEAN Ambassador’s Tour.
Welcome to the April President’s Newsletter! It has been a busy month for the Council, as we have launched ASEAN Matters for America and continued planning for many major initiatives. The Council held a number of events around the World Bank/IMF spring meetings, including our ASEAN Risk Conference in New York with participation from Indonesia’s Finance Minister Basri and Central Bank Governor Agus, and meetings in D.C. with Finance Secretary Purisima of the Philippines and Governor Prasarn of the Bank of Thailand.
Welcome to the March President’s Newsletter!
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On April 9, the Council will launch the updated and expanded ASEAN Matters for America on Capitol Hill. This new publication, highlighting the benefits of trade with ASEAN down to the State and Congressional District level, will be presented to Members of Congress and their staffs through an interactive panel discussion followed by a reception. For additional details email Mads Stockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.