US-ASEAN Business Council Commends United States on Hosting APEC in 2023

(Washington, DC) – The US-ASEAN Business Council strongly supports the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement that the United States will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2023.

“I am extremely gratified to see that the U.S. bid to host APEC has finally been totally accepted,” said US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director Ambassador Michael Michalak. “During my time as APEC Ambassador, APEC proved itself to be an excellent neutral venue for discussing innovative and forward-looking trade concepts, such as the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP). It will be the perfect place to put forward concrete proposals to add to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and make concrete progress towards meaningful digital trade frameworks.”

“Hosting APEC in 2023 signals to our partners and competitors just how committed the United States is to the Indo-Pacific,” said US-ASEAN Business Council President & CEO Ambassador Ted Osius. “In Asia, strategy is more than just planes, ships, and submarines — it’s trade. With this in mind, we look forward to the administration developing and publicizing an economic strategy for the Indo-Pacific with a proactive trade agenda at its core ahead of its host year.”
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Since 1984, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership of 175 companies generates almost US$7 trillion in revenue and employs more than 14.5 million people. Today our members include the largest U.S. companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for more than 100 years. The Council has nine offices around the globe, in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; and Yangon, Myanmar.


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Since 1984, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership of nearly 170 companies generates almost US$7 trillion in revenue and employs more than 14.5 million people.  Today our members include the largest U.S. companies conducting business in ASEAN and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for more than 100 years. The Council has nine offices around the globe, in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; and Yangon, Myanmar.