US-ASEAN Business Council Offers its Condolences on the Passing of Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang

(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council offers its sincere condolences to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Vietnamese Government, and the people of Vietnam on the passing of President Tran Dai Quang. President Quang was 61 years old, and had served Vietnam as its President since 2016. During his tenure, President Quang helped to grow the Vietnamese economy at a remarkable pace, all while strengthening trade and political ties with regional and global powers.

His contribution to the U.S.-Vietnam relationship was epitomized in hosting both President Obama’s and President Trump’s first State visits to Vietnam, both of which the Council was honored to be a part of. As Chair of the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in 2017, during Vietnam’s successful APEC host year, President Quang played a pivotal role in bringing his country to the forefront of the international community and the world. President Quang had planned to carry this momentum to the UN General Assembly Meetings in New York next week, and the Council was looking forward to hosting him for a dinner reception and discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership.

“This is a truly sad day for Vietnam and its people”, said Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Vietnam has made much progress and the Vietnamese economy prospered under the leadership of President Quang and Prime Minister Phuc. President Quang’s passing at this critical juncture will be felt and the Council stands with our friends in Vietnam at this difficult time”.

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For more than 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's 150+ membership generates over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.