As Asia’s economy continues to improve on the strength of the region’s stability, the China-led Belt and Road Initiative will promote greater regional communication and cooperation for win-win outcomes.
This was the underlying message at a China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable hosted in Singapore on April 28. Panelists shared their views on how member states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can benefit from the initiative through further cooperation. The theme of the session was The Asian Century and the Belt and Road Initiative: Where Do We Go From Here?
Asia is now the world’s center of gravity, said Wiryono Sastrohandoyo, senior fellow of the Jakarta-based think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies. Wiryono, the session’s moderator, admitted that the region used to experience GDP growth that was below expectations. Nevertheless, he believes it will be the center of economic expansion in the 21st century.
The US-ASEAN Business Council’s Board of Directors, members and staff, express their heartfelt congratulations to the citizens of Malaysia in electing H.E. Mahathir Bin Mohamad as the Seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“The free, fair, and peaceful nature of the electoral process serves as a testament to the will of the Malaysian people and the strength of the nation’s democratic process”, said Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
(Langkawi) - The US-ASEAN Business Council joined the 27th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors-General of Customs in Malaysia this week, from May 2-3. The meeting is part of almost 20 years of engagement between the Council and the 10 ASEAN Directors-General of Customs which has examined ways to improve trade connections in Southeast Asia. The Council’s delegation of nine top U.S. companies is led by Senior Vice-President and Regional Managing Director of the Council, Amb. Michael Michalak, as well as Chair of the Council’s Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee and Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS, Shiumei Lin.
President’s Newsletter – April 2018
First, I want to wish all our friends in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand a very happy new year.
This past month, like those before it, has been extremely busy. We have moved issues ahead for our members in multiple countries, been hosted by the ASEAN Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, host a number of Ministers in Washington, DC and lead a sectoral business mission to Vietnam alongside our annual Business Mission.
This week in Washington, DC we will host Deputy Prime Minister Prawit of Thailand, welcome four U.S. Ambassadors back to Washington for the start of our annual U.S. Ambassadors’ Tour. Ambassadors Donovan (Indonesia), Bitter (Laos), Davies (Thailand) and Kritenbrink (Vietnam) are the Ambassadors joining the 2018 tour.
Malaysia Update | April 18, 2018
Authors: Kim Yaeger, Tina Jamaluddin, Emma Tabatabai, and Alex Nguyen THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
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ICT Update | April 12, 2018
Authors: Matt Solomon, Kim Yaeger, Shay Wester, Ella Duangkaew, Jade Hoang, and Kevin Rutigliano LOOKING AHEAD
Philippines Update | April 12, 2018
Authors: Riley Smith and Joyce Lin LOOKING AHEAD