(The Philippines) – On May 29, the US-ASEAN Business Council held its first SME webinar event kicking off a series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 200 owners and executives of Philippine Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participated in the webinar session titled “Digital Payments for SMEs in COVID-19” focusing specifically on in the Philippines. The webinar was conducted in close collaboration with the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Philippine Trade and Training Centre (PTTC).
The US-ASEAN Business Council Board of Directors, members and staff convey deepest condolences to the Matthews family, the U.S. Embassy in Brunei and the broader American diplomatic corps, and the ASEAN community on the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Matthews, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. Ambassador Matthews died on May 20.
"I am deeply and personally saddened by the loss of Ambassador Matt Matthews, who we are proud to consider a friend and supporter of the Council” said Alexander C. Feldman, Chairman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Ambassador Matthews had a big and positive impact on ASEAN, APEC, and of course, though cut short, Brunei.”
(April 9) – The US-ASEAN Business Council today launched a dedicated COVID-19 Digital Dashboard to help companies track Government actions across Southeast Asia which includes all the latest updates on movement of people, goods and services as well as background on national emergencies declared across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Digital Dashboard also collates all of the Council’s critical updates and analysis released to date as a one-stop resource to make it easier for its members and stakeholders to better understand the full picture of what is happening across ASEAN at this time and in the months to come. It will be updated daily.
(Jakarta) – On February 26, the US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of leading U.S. companies to Jakarta as part of its second Food and Agriculture Industry Mission to Indonesia. The Council delegation met with Indonesian government officials, local associations, and key stakeholders in the food and agriculture sector to discuss how the U.S. business community can support Indonesia’s agriculture development objectives and help strengthen the role of the agriculture sector as an engine of growth for Indonesia’s economy. The mission was co-led by Shay Wester, Senior Director of Food and Agriculture and Mr. Pushpanathan Sundram, Senior Advisor Public Policy & Government Affairs, Elanco Animal Health and Chair of the Council’s Food and Agriculture Committee.
(Indonesia) – CropLife Asia, EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) and the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) jointly conducted a workshop in Jakarta this week with national, regional and international food value chain stakeholders that signalled the third instalment of the ASEAN Safe, Nutritious Food PPP Initiative. The three organizations have formed an Alliance to lead the discussion around factors supporting a safe and nutritious supply of food in the region as well as help foster greater partnership between public and private sectors across the food value chain.
WASHINGTON, DC - On February 5, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Brent McIntosh met with Monetary Authority of Singapore Deputy Managing Director Jacqueline Loh and issued a U.S.-Singapore Joint Statement on Financial Services Data Connectivity in mutual recognition of the greater need to support cross-border data flows. The statement, which is consistent with language on data provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, committed the U.S. and Singapore to pursue the following goals:
The US-ASEAN Business Council welcomes 15 directors elected to the Board’s Second Class, whose two-year terms began on January 1, 2020. The new class of Directors was elected at the Council’s Board of Directors Meeting on December 12, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
In addition to the 15 elected candidates in the Second Class, the nominating committee filled a vacancy created by the resignation of Alexis Serlin from Novartis. Simon Dale, Managing Director of Southeast Asia for Adobe, was elected to fill the vacancy in the current Initial Class through December 31, 2020. In total, the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Board is composed of 31 Directors representing a cross-section of industries, with seven women seated on the Board.
The US-ASEAN Business Council led its annual mission to the 23rd Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers in Brunei, supporting the theme of “ASEAN: Together towards a Next Generation of Travel.” The delegation was comprised of leading U.S. companies in the Travel and Tourism sector, namely, Expedia, Marriott International, Airbnb, Agoda, and SAP. The Council pushed for innovation including sharing insights from the digital economy and offering best practices in human capability building as ASEAN aims to position itself as a single destination for tourism.
(Hanoi, Vietnam)—The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC), following its Board of Directors meeting December 12 in Hanoi, met with Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. The delegation of board directors, led by outgoing US-ABC Chairman Keith Williams and President & CEO Alexander Feldman, discussed the strong bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam, as well as priorities for Vietnam’s 2020 Chairmanship of ASEAN.