(Serpong, Indonesia) – On October 3, the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) held its second Innovation for SME Workshop in Indonesia. More than 100 Indonesian SME owners and executives, tech entrepreneurs, local government officials and academics from South Tangerang and neighboring cities participated in a half-day workshop titled, “Innovation without Limits: Advancing Indonesian Entrepreneurs’ Competitiveness.”
The US-ABC conducted the workshop in-collaboration with the Center for Research Science and Technology (PUSPIPTEK), a unit under the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education.
The workshop was held in conjunction with PUSPIPTEK Innovation Festival Indonesia 2019, which aims to improve Indonesia’s national competitiveness in innovation and promote a society inclusive of research and technology.
(Singapore) - The East-West Center (EWC), the US-ASEAN Business Council and the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute launched the 4th edition of the ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN publication today in Singapore to follow the Washington, D.C. release of the publication. The publication can be accessed here. The Singapore launch event also highlighted the 51 additional ASEAN Matters one-page information fact sheets detailing ASEAN’s relationship to each American state and the District of Columbia.
(New York City) – On the evening of September 26, the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were pleased to host His Excellency Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The occasion marked Prime Minister Mahathir's second engagement with the US-ABC and U.S. Chamber of Commerce around the UNGA since his reelection last year.
Prime Minister Mahathir met U.S. business leaders, members of the US-ABC and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for a roundtable discussion. Business leaders were able to hear about the Government of Malaysia’s plans for further implementing its political and economic reform agenda in the second year of the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s leadership of the country. Discussion centered on the Malaysian government’s focus on strengthening’s the country’s economic fundamentals, increasing productivity and ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth.
(New York City) - The American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, the Consulate General of Indonesia and KADIN Indonesia US Committee (KIKAS), U.S. Chamber of Commerce and US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) convened top U.S. business leaders to this morning to honor the visit of H.E. H.M. Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia and H.E. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia. The event was held on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly.
The event honored Vice President Kalla for his two terms of service, and marked the 70th anniversary of U.S.-Indonesia diplomatic relations. Vice President Kalla met and addressed U.S. business leaders at the Indonesian Consulate General.
(New York City) - The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were pleased to host His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of Thailand on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York on September 25. The occasion marked Prime Minister Prayut's first visit to the United States since being re-elected during Thailand’s March 2019 elections, the country’s first elections in eight years.
Prime Minister Prayut met and addressed U.S. business leaders, convened by the US-ABC and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Business leaders were able to hear about the new Royal Thai Government’s priorities and agenda for political and economic reform from the Prime Minister. The new government officially assumed duties in July.
(Manila, Philippines) - On September 16, DOST and the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the development and implementation of science, technology and innovation (STI) initiatives of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in the private sector.
The signing ceremony with DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña took place during the Council’s 2019 Business Mission to the Philippines, an annual set of meetings promoting dialogue between U.S. private sector and the Philippine government.
(Manila, Philippines) - In the effort to promote free and open trade, address investment barriers and foster a stronger U.S.-Philippine relationship, a delegation of US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) member companies met with government officials in Manila September 16-18, during the US-ABC’s annual Philippines Business Mission.
The U.S. business delegation of 21 top U.S. firms was co-led by Alexander C. Feldman, US-ABC President & CEO and Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, US-ABC Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director. Philip Vaughn, Executive Director of International Government Relations at Fluor, and co-chair of the US-ABC's Philippines Committee also helped lead the mission.
(Washington, D.C.) – The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) extend condolences to the people of Indonesia and the Habibie family on the passing of former President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf (B.J.) Habibie on September 11 at age 83.
“On behalf of the US-ASEAN Business Council, I send heartfelt condolences to the family of former President B.J. Habibie and the people of Indonesia,” said Alexander C. Feldman, US-ABC President and CEO. “I am saddened to learn of the loss of the former president, who served during a time of great change, leading Indonesia into democracy. In his previous role as Minister of Research and Technology he became known as the Father of Indonesian Technology, helping propel Indonesia’s development and promoting technology transfer to the country.”
(Bangkok, Thailand) – The US-ASEAN Business Council led its 20th consecutive delegation to the 51st ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) for a business mission September 8-10. The delegation had plenary meeting with all ASEAN Economic Ministers, bilateral meetings with heads of delegation from six ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, U.S. Government officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
(Bangkok, Thailand) - From September 3-6, a delegation of seven major U.S. energy companies participated in the US-ASEAN Business Council’s business mission to the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and Associated Meetings in Bangkok, Thailand. It was the 9th time that the Council has led a business mission to AMEM, which brings together delegations from the Energy Ministries of all ten ASEAN countries, as well as the countries that participate in the AMEM+3 and the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM).