(New York, NY) - Today, on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) co-hosted a luncheon and business forum in honor of His Excellency Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of Vietnam.
The business forum, featuring Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, is significant in that it follows the historic announcement of upgrading the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relationship to the highest level of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh was accompanied by key government leaders and met with leading U.S. businesses from various industries, including energy, semiconductors, banking and finance, ICT, travel and tourism, aerospace, and defense and security.
“Our delegation hopes to demonstrate the U.S. private sector's commitment to serve as a trusted partner and resource in addressing the Philippines' military modernization efforts.”, said Imelda Martin-Hum of IMSG. “We view this mission as part of our ongoing engagement to further deepen defense and security ties, while strengthening the overall bilateral relationship.”
(Jakarta, Indonesia) — The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) hosted an executive breakfast, "Forging A Stronger Future: 46 Years of US-ASEAN Partnership," on September 5, 2023, alongside the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF). The breakfast was attended by over 100 guests from the U.S. and ASEAN business communities, senior government representatives, and key stakeholders from across the Indo-Pacific.
Guests of honor included Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Expert Staff for Social, Economy, and Culture, Ministry of Communications and Informatics Mr. Wijaya Kusumawardhana, Ambassador of the United States to ASEAN Yohannes Abraham, Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia Kenji Kansugi, and Director of Energy Conservation Dr. GigihUdi Utomo.
(Bali) The US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of American firms on its annual mission to the 41st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meetings (AMEM) in Bali Indonesia. The US-ASEAN Business Council delegation was led by the chair of its Energy & Environment Committee, Casey Delhotal, ExxonMobil’s Asia-Pacific Senior Advisor for International Government Relations; and the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Chief Policy Officer & Senior Vice President for Research, Marc Mealy.
During the Roundtable, Minister Prabowo highlighted his vision on the importance of U.S.-Indonesia cooperation in the security sector as well as the improvement of food security, expansion of international education exchanges, and implementation of technological innovations and, more importantly, creation of more jobs and economic opportunities for the people in both nations.
(Semarang) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs of Indonesia and the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia organized a capacity-building program for Indonesian SMEs at the Hotel Tentrem, Semarang on Saturday, August 19, 2023. The in-person workshop was attended by more than 300 Indonesian entrepreneurs from various sectors and sizes. This workshop is part of the 2023 SME Workshop Series: Building Resiliency for ASEAN SMEs, and this is the 9th workshop conducted in Indonesia since 2014. This workshop was also a sideline event to the 2023 Business Mission to 55th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and supported by USABC member companies: Visa, SAP, and FedEx Express.
(Semarang, Indonesia) The US-ASEAN Business Council, a longstanding partner of ASEAN and part of the ASEAN Charter, led a business delegation to the 55th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting for the 24th consecutive year.
The delegation took part in the annual AEM consultation with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which was co-chaired by Indonesian Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan and Ambassador Katherine Tai from USTR. The Council also conducted bilateral meetings with high-level officials from the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the USTR.
(Manila, Philippines) – From August 9-11, the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) held its 2023 Philippines Business Mission in Metro Manila, where a total of 30 companies participated in a series of in-person dialogues with top officials from the Government of the Philippines. This was the largest delegation to visit the Philippines in US-ABC history. The mission was co-led by Ambassador Ted Osius (ret.), President and CEO of US-ABC and Mr. Stephen Braim, Vice President for Government & Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific at IBM and Co-Chair of US-ABC's Philippines Committee.