(Washington) – September 14. The US-ASEAN Business Council Institute (USABCI), together with the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC), successfully facilitated delivery of 30 pallets of critical relief materials to Indonesia amidst recent COVID-19 outbreaks. The organizations jointly led efforts to coordinate two in-kind shipments from express carriers FedEx and UPS, with expertise and technical assistance provided by Deloitte. The 30 pallets collectively included over 1 million swab kits, and other categories of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from a larger donation by the City of New York to Yayasan BUMN untuk, the foundational arm of the Ministry for State Owned Enterprises (BUMN) in Indonesia.
The US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation to the 53rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) and held its 22nd annual consultation on September 14 with all ten ASEAN Economic Ministers co-chaired by Brunei Darussalam Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II H.E. Dato Dr. Amin Liew Abdullah and the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai. The Council delegates will hold a series of bilateral meetings with heads of delegation from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, U.S. Government officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.
(Thailand) – On August 31, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion of Thailand, conducted a webinar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Thailand. The event was part of the Council’s broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 150 owners and executives of Thai SMEs participated in the webinar session themed, “Supporting Thailand SMEs’ Digitalization Amid COVID-19.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Global Task Force on Pandemic Response (GTF) — a public-private partnership of major U.S. companies organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with support from Business Roundtable — today announced plans to mobilize in support COVID-19 pandemic relief and response in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
In partnership with the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (AmCham Indonesia), and working in cooperation with the Government of Indonesia, Global Task Force members will provide critically needed medical supplies and protective equipment in areas of highest need. Southeast Asia is experiencing a major outbreak, and Indonesia now accounts for approximately one in five fatalities globally as it grapples with shortages of oxygen and hospital capacity amid a surge in cases.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US-ASEAN Business Council today announced the appointment of U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Ted Osius as the Council’s new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). On August 23, Ambassador Osius will succeed Alexander C. Feldman, who recently resigned after leading the Council for more than 12 years. Feldman is relocating to Singapore where he will serve as the President of Boeing Southeast Asia.
From 26 July through 15 August 2021, the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) was proud to host productive dialogues between senior officials in the Singaporean Government and American business leaders during its 2021 Virtual Singapore Business Mission. This year’s delegation of 31 U.S. firms was co-led by US-ABC President & CEO Alexander Feldman, US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director Amb. Michael Michalak, and US-ABC’s Singapore Committee Chair Oracle, represented by CHUA Horng Shya Managing Director for Singapore.
(Malaysia) – On July 15, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives of Malaysia, conducted a webinar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. The event was part of a broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 100 owners and executives of Malaysian SMEs participated in the webinar session titled, “Enabling Digital Capabilities of Malaysian SMEs through the COVID-19 Crisis.”
On July 15, the US-ASEAN Business Council (The Council) conducted its inaugural Virtual ASEAN Workshop in preparation for the United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) in September. The event provided ASEAN FSS country conveners with a platform to share game-changing solutions raised in National Food Systems Dialogues and emphasized the private sector’s role in building more sustainable and equitable food systems to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop began with opening remarks from Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community Satvinder Singh, followed by keynote addresses from Acting Administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Daniel Whitley and Former USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. Mr.