(Vientiane) On June 1-2, the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) brought a delegation of senior executives on its annual business mission to Laos. The delegation was led by Nuntivat Thamhatai, Public Affairs and Communications Director at Coca-Cola (Thailand) Limited and Chair of USABC’s Laos Committee, and Amb. Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of USABC.
"Our delegation is delighted to be back in Laos, as we strongly reaffirm the unwavering commitment of the U.S. private sector to Laos and its people," said Nuntivat Thamhatai, Public Affairs and Communications Director at Coca-Cola (Thailand) Limited and Chair of the US-ASEAN Business Council's Laos Committee. "As Coca-Cola celebrates its 10th anniversary in the Lao market this year, we anticipate a future filled with fruitful interactions and long-lasting partnerships."
The US-ASEAN Business Council congratulates IPEF partners on substantially concluding Supply Chain Agreement negotiations on May 27 in Detroit. Political signals are important in lending momentum not just for policy dialogue but also for enabling the right regulatory environment for resilient and secure supply chains to thrive. We also welcome the inclusion of labor and the establishment of councils as coordinating bodies as these steps will institutionalize arrangements and mechanisms that ensure robust and sustainable work programs under a concluded Agreement.
(Jakarta, Indonesia) – On May 22-25, US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) led a delegation of 31 U.S. companies to meet President Joko Widodo and key Indonesian officials in Jakarta. Indonesia Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Rosan Roeslani co-led this year’s Indonesia Business Mission as the honorary chair and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Kim received the delegation in Jakarta, symbolizing strong bilateral ties. US-ABC delegation applauded the President for a decade of remarkable leadership and the recent successful G20 presidency that will be part of his legacy. The delegation reaffirms its commitment to supporting Indonesia and the country’s ASEAN Chairmanship. The President expressed his appreciation for the longstanding support shown by the US-ABC member companies.
(Jakarta) – On May 26, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) held its annual ASEAN Business Mission to the headquarters of ASEAN in Jakarta. The Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, accompanied by H.E. Michael Tene, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community and H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, received the Council’s delegation at the ASEAN Secretariat, comprising ten U.S. companies that represent healthcare, ICT, energy, and safety science industries.
BANGKOK, May 23, 2023 – The US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) attended the 15th ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) Meeting. This 15th ACCMSME meeting was the first meeting conducted in-person after the COVID-19 pandemic. The last in-person meeting was at the 9th ACCMSME Meeting in October 2019 before it was shifted to virtual during the pandemic.
(Washington, DC) On May 3, the US-ASEAN Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the US-Philippines Society co-hosted a business forum and reception in honor of His Excellency Ferdinand Marcos Jr., President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of his official visit to the United States.
President Marcos met with business leaders and addressed issues relating to economic reform and digital transformation in the Philippines, the regional security landscape, as well as his vision to further strengthen the United States - Philippines bilateral relationship on all fronts.
The U.S.-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) hosted a virtual workshop on Cybersecurity Standards & Conformance to Support Digital Trade in ASEAN on May 4, 2023. The workshop aimed to provide an in-depth review of recommended cybersecurity standards and best practices to minimize technical barriers to digital trade from a cybersecurity perspective. This cooperation fulfils Strategic Thrust II, IV and VI of the ASEAN Standards and Conformance Strategic Plan 2015-2025, a subsidiary to the AEC Blueprint 2025.
(Manila, Philippines) - The US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaborations on sustainability, climate change, green finance, and environmental protection.
(Manila, Philippines) - The US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) hosted the second iteration of its “Digital Transformation in Government Series”, a platform for different Philippine government agencies and the private sector to discuss the initiatives and challenges of shifting to a more digital landscape. The workshop, which was hosted in partnership with SAP, IBM, and Meta, provided an interactive and comprehensive set of presentations, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, focusing on three main topics: cloud technology, artificial intelligence, and connectivity. Over 100 public officials from different government agencies gathered in Ascott, Bonifactio Global City on April 19, 2023 for the event.
(Washington, D.C.) The US-ASEAN Business Council offers its deepest condolences to the family of former Philippine Foreign Secretary, Albert del Rosario on his passing.
Secretary del Rosario worked tirelessly in the fulfillment of his official duties as a public servant.
As the country’s top diplomat from 2011 to 2016, he spearheaded the successful arbitration case that resulted in the 2016 legal victory for the Philippines in relation to the West Philippine Sea territorial disputes. In addition, during Secretary Del Rosario’s tenure, the Philippines received its first ever investment-grade rating and hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), both of which led to active economic diplomacy under his leadership. As former Philippine Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2006, he was instrumental in strengthening bilateral ties and economic cooperation between the United States and the Philippines.