The workshop served as an implementation activity following the US-ASEAN Business Council’s (US-ABC) Business Mission to the Twenty-First Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers (21st M-ATM) in Chiang Mai last January, and was conducted in close collaboration with the Thailand Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP), Tourism Council of Thailand, and Thammasat University. It also marked the first capacity building workshop of US-ABC’s newly established Travel and Tourism Committee in support of the travel and tourism ecosystem in ASEAN.
(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council offers its sincere condolences to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Vietnamese Government, and the people of Vietnam on the passing of President Tran Dai Quang. President Quang was 61 years old, and had served Vietnam as its President since 2016. During his tenure, President Quang helped to grow the Vietnamese economy at a remarkable pace, all while strengthening trade and political ties with regional and global powers.
(Singapore) – The US-ASEAN Business Council concluded its business mission to the 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting today, where from August 30-September 1, 17 U.S. companies engaged key economic officials on regional and bilateral trade and investment issues.
This year marks the Council’s 19th annual meeting with all ten ASEAN Economic Ministers. Driven by the key ASEAN 2018 deliverable of fostering innovation and the digital economy, the Council presented its annual AEM White Paper on “Building a Strong and Integrated Digital Economy in ASEAN: Recommendations and Perspectives of U.S. Business”, which highlighted key challenges and recommendations in various sectors. These recommendations were presented at the Council’s annual AEM-U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) consultation, which was led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Jeffrey Gerrish.
(Vientiane) – A delegation of 10 leading American companies participated in the US-ASEAN Business Council’s annual Laos Business Mission in Vientiane from August 23-24. The group was comprised of over 20 senior executives from a cross section of industries. Over the course of the mission, the delegation met with key members of the Cabinet and other senior government officials, as well as business and thought leaders. The delegation was co-led by Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council; Desarack Teso, Chair of the Council’s Laos Committee and Legal Counsel & Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs at Microsoft; and Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
Greetings from Vientiane where we just wrapped up Day One of our annual Business Mission to Laos. Earlier this week, we also completed our annual Business Mission to Singapore.
In Singapore, our Business Mission gave us a chance to meet with the fourth generation Ministerial leadership. During the course of the year and through our most recent business mission, we have now been able to meet with the three Ministers who are in the running to become Singapore’s next Prime Minister, including H.E. Heng Swee Keat, H.E. Ong Ye Kung and H.E. Chan Chun Sing. Each was impressive in his own right, and I am confident that Singapore will be in good hands no matter which of these Ministers ultimately succeeds Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sometime in the coming years.
Customs Update | August 23, 2018
Authors: Shay Wester, Angga Antagia, and Ian Saccomanno LOOKING AHEAD
(Singapore) – On August 20-21, a delegation of 22 leading U.S.