Greetings from Kuala Lumpur! Our hearts go out to those affected by the bombings in Bangkok. It is our hope that those responsible are swiftly brought to justice. We also send hopes and prayers to those affected by the flooding in Myanmar. Members interested in contributing to relief can find information here.
Greetings from Singapore! I am spending extended time in the region this summer as we continue to strengthen our presence on the ground in ASEAN and implement a tremendous amount of activities throughout the region.
In fact, next week I will be in Vietnam meeting with the Minister of Health on an MOU between her ministry and the Council, celebrating 20 years of US-Vietnam relations and then immediately flying to Jakarta where the Council will be hosting a lunch with the ASEAN TELSOM, Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda (the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy) and U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian. The following week I will be back in Myanmar for our first ever Food & Agriculture Industry Mission and then to Bangkok for our annual Thailand Business Mission.
Greetings! I am pleased to report that I will be spending extra time in the region this summer in order to address the growing needs of our membership and our regional staff as well as leading numerous business and industry missions, including our annual engagement with the ASEAN Economic Ministers. I will, of course, make trips back to DC, as needed, including in early July for our dinner in honor of Vietnam’s General Secretary, Nguyen Phú Trong.
The past month has been a productive one, with a number of high-level engagements:
A happy new year to our friends in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand!
It has been a sad month with the death of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the tragic passing of Council friends Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis (JJ), the Special Envoy and former Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, and Dato Azlin Alias, principal private secretary to the Prime Minister. You can read the Council’s statement on the death of Lee Kuan Yew here. You can read the Council Statement on the death of Tan Sri JJ and Dato Azlin here.
Greetings! I have just arrived back in Washington D.C. from our successful business missions to Vietnam and the ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting. Currently we are awaiting the arrival of many of the U.S. Ambassadors to ASEAN for the annual chiefs of mission conference.
I want to express my condolences to all Singaporeans on the death of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. As many of you know, I was privileged to present him with a lifetime achievement award at the Council’s 25th anniversary in 2009. You can read the Council statement on Lee Kuan Yew’s death here.
As always, you can check out the calendar at the Council website to get a sense of our many coming events.
Happy Lunar New Year! We hope the Year of the Ram is a happy, healthy, and prosperous one for all.
The Council hit the ground running with a busy January, and events are now in full swing.
All of our committees are currently in the process of finalizing their 2015 work plans, and you should be receiving invitations for Committee calls. If you are interested in becoming more engaged in a certain country or industry committee, these calls are the perfect way to start. Please visit our country and industry pages on our website to find out more about the work of the committees and our staff.
Happy New Year! The Council hit the ground running and is ready to build on last year’s success to make 2015 a stellar year for all of our members.
All of our committees are currently in the process of creating or finalizing their 2015 work plans, and you should be receiving invitations for Committee calls. If you are interested in becoming more engaged in a certain country or industry committee, these calls are the perfect way to start. Please visit our country and industry pages on our website to find out more about the work of the committees and our staff.
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.