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.
(Jakarta) – The US-ASEAN Business Council held its annual ASEAN Business Mission today, with six leading U.S. companies engaging key ASEAN stakeholders to further strengthen the public and private sectors ties across many spectrums of ASEAN cooperation. The Mission was led by Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
(Jakarta, Indonesia) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) brought a delegation of 46 American companies, the largest delegation to Indonesia since the US-ABC was founded in 1984 and tying the record for the largest delegation to any country, to meet President Joko Widodo and representatives of his new cabinet during its 2019 Indonesia Business Mission from 3-5 December. A 6 December Business Mission to the ASEAN Secretariat will follow the Indonesia Business Mission.
(Hanoi, Vietnam) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) led its fourth business mission delegation to the 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM) from November 14th -15th, 2019. The delegation engaged top transport officials from all ten ASEAN Member States on how they could enhance cooperation, connectivity, and integration within the region through infrastructure development.
(Vientiane) – Empowering a skilled digital workforce, increasing regional connectivity, and understanding the impact of technology on jobs and productivity were central themes for this year’s meetings between the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) delegation and the ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers. The meetings took place in Vientiane, Laos from October 23-25 as part of the annual ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting (TELMIN).
The US-ABC delegation included seven leading American technology companies led by US-ABC President and CEO, Alexander C. Feldman, US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, and Chair of US-ABC’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee and President for Cisco Systems in ASEAN, Naveen Menon.
(Vientiane) – Empowering a skilled digital workforce, increasing regional connectivity, and understanding the impact of technology on jobs and productivity were themes for this year’s meetings between the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) delegation and the ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers. The meetings took place in Vientiane, Laos from October 23-25 as part of the annual ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting (TELMIN).
The US-ABC delegation included 7 leading American technology companies led by US-ABC President and CEO Alexander C. Feldman; US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, and; Chair of US-ABC’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee and President for Cisco Systems in ASEAN, Naveen Menon.
(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.