U.S. Infrastructure Businesses and ASEAN Transport Ministers Renew Commitment Towards Cooperation, Connectivity and Integration

(Hanoi, Vietnam) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) led its fourth business mission delegation to the 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM) from November 14th -15th, 2019. The delegation engaged top transport officials from all ten ASEAN Member States on how they could enhance cooperation, connectivity, and integration within the region through infrastructure development.

The delegation was led by US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Ambassador (ret.) Michael W. Michalak and co-led by Chair of the Council’s Infrastructure Committee Jannik Termansen, Regional Director of Government Affairs and Markets, 3M Asia Pacific.

“Over the next decade, ASEAN nations will require approximately US$210 billion per year, or 5.7 percent of its combined GDP, to address the region’s infrastructure needs by 2030. This massive investment need is critical to building quality infrastructure for overall regional economic development. The Council’s annual engagement at the ATM demonstrates U.S. private sector commitment to the region and our shared desire to see ASEAN grow and prosper,” said Ambassador Michael W. Michalak.

“This year’s mission to Vietnam worked to further strengthen our dialogue and engagement with ASEAN Transport Ministers and Senior Transport Officials. We had very constructive, productive and insightful discussions on how US companies and governments in the region can collaborate to ensure continued development of high-quality, safe and sustainable transportation infrastructure projects. In 2020, we will continue deepening our public private partnerships by rolling out a series of activities focusing on capacity building and knowledge sharing, aligned with ASEAN Member States’ strategic needs and priorities. Both the private and public sectors are beneficiaries of stronger infrastructure developments. A more connected region will lead to increased market access, reduce transportation and trade cost, establish linkages with regional and global supply chains, and facilitate greater regional economic cooperation and integration”, said Jannik Termansen.

During the mission, the Council hosted a working luncheon with ASEAN transport officials where U.S. industry leaders presented a proposal for programs in 2020 which seeks to elevate collaboration between U.S. businesses and ASEAN governments and ensure high-quality, safe and sustainable infrastructure development.

The working luncheon was attending by the following officials:

  • H.E. Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Brunei Darussalam
  • H.E. Mr. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia
  • H.E. Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister for Transportation, Indonesia (TBC)
  • H.E. Mr.  Bounchanh Sinthavong, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • H.E. Mr. Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport, Malaysia  
  • H.E. Mr. Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister of Transport and Communications, Myanmar
  • H.E. Mr. Arthur P. Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, Philippines
  • H.E. Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore
  • H.E. Mr. Saksayam Chidchob, Minister of Transport, Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport, Vietnam
  • Mr. Mohammad Nazri Mohammad Yusof, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Brunei Darussalam
  • Mr. Chhoun Voun, Director General, General Department of Land Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia
  • Mr. Sengdarith Kattignasack, Director General, Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Mr. Syed Nasir Bin Syed Ahmad, Deputy Secretary General (Policy), Ministry of Transport, Malaysia
  • Mr. Win Khant, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Myanmar
  • Captain Jim C. Sydiongco - Director General, Department of Transportation, Philippines
  • Mr. Loh Ngai Seng, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Singapore
  • Ms. Kobkul Motana, Inspector-General, Ministry of Transport, Thailand
  • Mr. Le Tuan Anh, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Transport, Vietnam
  • H.E Mr. Aladdin Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat

The delegation also conducted individual bilateral meetings with ministers and senior transport officials from Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam. US-ABC member companies participating in the mission included 3M, Autodesk, FedEx and UPS.

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For 35 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 membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. 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.