The US-ASEAN Business Council commends the House of Representatives on passing the Southeast Asia Strategy Act. The bill directs the State Department to develop a comprehensive strategy for engaging ASEAN across multiple dimensions, from trade and investment flows to diplomatic and security arrangements. Representative Joaquin Castro and Representative Ann Wagner, the co-chairs and co-founders of the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN, authored the measure.
“As the 5th largest economy in the world supporting over half a million U.S. jobs, ASEAN matters for America,” said Alexander Feldman, Chairman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “We thank Representatives Castro and Wagner for championing U.S.-ASEAN relations in the House and hope the Senate moves on this bill to illustrate the strong commitment of the United States to our friends and partners in the region.”