(Myanmar) – On January 15, 2021, The US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with The Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (MOPFI) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce dan Industry (UMFCCI) conducted a webinar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar. The event was part of a broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 400 owners and executives of Myanmar SMEs participated in the webinar session titled, “Enabling Digital Transformation for Myanmar SMEs during COVID-19.”
The webinar was officially opened by Ambassador Michael Michalak, SVP and Regional Managing Director of the Council.
(Washington, DC) On January 15, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a report on the Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s currency practices. The report details USTR’s findings of the investigation, concluding that Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to currency valuation are unreasonable and burden American commerce. While USTR’s investigation supports a finding that Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices are actionable under section 301 of the Trade Act, the report did not include any recommended actions or tariff guidelines.
Associate/Manager position with the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, DC
Membership and Business Development Associate position with the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, DC
Under the Trump administration, the U.S. has focused on bilateral trade relations and withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade agreement promoted by the Obama administration to counter China's influence in the Asia-Pacific region. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara looks at the regional trade challenges for President-elect Joe Biden, who has vowed to return to multilateralism and work with allies to rewrite the rules of international trade.
(Singapore) The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), in collaboration with Deloitte, and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) launched Edges of Southeast Asia at a panel session held at the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (“SWITCH”) Global Channel 2020 on December 7.
Edges of Southeast Asia features a 25-card info pack, each illustrating an emerging trend that draws upon a real case example in the region. Drawing influence from a diverse range of social, technological, economic, and political megatrends to better understand the complex dynamics shaping the business world, Edges of Southeast Asia features high growth potential opportunities within the ASEAN region.
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) and the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) announce they are joining forces to test the readiness and improve the efficiency of ASEAN countries to import Covid-19 vaccines and related medical equipment. By end of 2020, through their knowledge of trade facilitation, deep regional expertise, and links with key private sector players in life sciences, logistics, express delivery, and technology, the two organisations will identify the obstacles to distributing vaccines and related medical equipment in the region in order to help ASEAN countries bring an end to the pandemic.
Senior Manager/Director position with the US-ASEAN Business Council in Singapore