US-ASEAN Business Council Offers its Condolences on the Passing of Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

(Washington D.C.) The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council convey their deep condolences to the Bush family, the American people, and friends in ASEAN and beyond on the passing of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. 

Throughout the many decades he devoted to public service, President Bush employed great wisdom, tactful leadership, statecraft and diplomacy to ensure America’s role as a leader on the global stage. Through it all, he was a steadfast friend to ASEAN and realized early on the tremendous potential the region holds.

At the Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala in 2014, the Council had the great honor of receiving a touching and personal tribute from President Bush. In it, he highlighted the strategic and economic importance of the Asia-Pacific and ASEAN to the United States and praised the Council for its role in helping promote America’s economic leadership in the region, saying “… it is simply mind-boggling to look back over the last 30 years and the dramatic change that has transformed the Pacific Rim. The receding Cold War, followed by the onset of globalization, fostered the kind of economic growth and expanding economic ties that few thought possible in 1984. The US-ASEAN Business Council has played a vital and constructive role underpinning so many of these positive developments, and I both thank you and congratulate you for your first three decades of regional leadership. Keep up the wonderful work.”

“I am deeply saddened by the news of President Bush’s passing,” said Council President & CEO Alexander Feldman. “He was a great leader and a remarkable man whose legacy of service to America and the rest of the world will always have deep and lasting resonance – it was my honor to have served in his administration and to be part of the historic moments he inspired and championed.”

########################################################################################

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.