The US-ASEAN Business Council serves as Co-Chair of the US-APEC Business Coalition whenever an ASEAN country is the APEC host, as Vietnam was in 2006, Singapore in 2009, Indonesia in 2013 and the Philippines in 2015. The US-ASEAN Business Council co-chairs any meetings held with ASEAN Heads of State or Senior Officials. The Coalition, in which the Council is a founding member, brings together leading U.S. business associations active in APEC and Asian business affairs in support of U.S. business goals and priorities in the APEC process. The US-APEC Business Coalition was formed in 1993 to coordinate U.S. business input for the first APEC Leaders Meeting at Blake Island. Members of the Coalition include: Council of the Americas, National Center for APEC, US-ASEAN Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Council for International Business and several others. The Coalition also provides logistical support for US executives attending the APEC CEO Summit, and organizes bilateral meetings for U.S. business executives with APEC leaders and ministers present at the event.
With Singapore as host in 2009, the Council was responsible for co-organizing U.S. private sector participation in the APEC CEO Summit. The Council organized meetings with Prime Minister Abhisit of Thailand and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia, as well as meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Undersecretary of State Bob Hormats, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives APEC Caucus Kevin Brady. The Council held its 2009 Board of Directors meeting on the sidelines of the APEC CEO Summit, featuring briefings from ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, and H.E. Goh Chok Tong, Senior Minister and Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.
During the CEO Summit, the Council chaired meetings with ASEAN leaders, including President Sang of Vietnam, Prime Minister Razak of Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Kittirat of Thailand, and Secretary of State Kong Vibol of Cambodia in the U.S. host year in 2011.
In 2013 APEC was hosted by Indonesia. During the 2013 APEC CEO Summit, held in Bali, the Coalition met with several heads of state and other government stakeholders including Secretary of State, Penny Pritzker. The Council chaired meetings with ASEAN leaders including Prime Minister Yingluck of Thailand, President Sang of Vietnam, and Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli.
In 2014, the Council worked closely with the National Center for APEC to schedule private sector dialogues around the CEO Summit in Beijing, China. The Council chaired meetings held with President Sang of Vietnam and Malaysian Minister of Trade, Mustapa Mohamed.
In 2015 APEC was hosted by the Philippines. During the 2015 APEC CEO Summit which was held in Manila, the Coalition met with various government officials. The Council chaired meetings with ASEAN leaders including Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, President Sang of Vietnam, and Indonesian Trade Minister Tom Lembong.
In 2016 APEC is hosted by Peru and the Council looks forward to continuing to play an active role in the Coalition and supporting all engagement with ASEAN leaders.
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