(Hanoi) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam (under the Enterprise Development Agency) and Vietnam Federation of Commerce and Industry held a capacity-building program for Vietnamese SMEs at the Pan Pacific Hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam on December 2. The event also featured a speaker from the E-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency, Vietnam Ministry of Trade and Investment and was conducted in hybrid format. In total, around 190 Vietnamese entrepreneurs participated in the program. The workshop is part of the regular SME Workshop Series: Rebuilding the ASEAN Economy, and this was the 17th workshop conducted in Vietnam since 2014. This workshop was supported by US-ABC member companies: Visa, Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Meta, and United Parcel Service (UPS).
(Jakarta, December 8) The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) hosted a farewell reception in honor of H.E. Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, the outgoing Secretary-General of ASEAN, in Jakarta. Secretary-General Lim has been a trusted partner for US-ABC since the beginning of his leadership in January 2018. Over the past five years, the Secretary-General has stewarded the U.S.-ASEAN dialogue relations into a higher level. The U.S. business community is particularly grateful for his friendship and immense support to making ASEAN a more open and inclusive region for the private sector.
The reception featured some remarks from The Honorable Ambassador Yohannes Abraham from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, US-ASEAN Business Council representatives, and Secretary-General Lim himself.
(Washington, D.C.) The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) celebrated the 45th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations today with a gala reception in Washington, D.C. The gala featured a keynote speech by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel J. Kritenbrink, who spoke about U.S. priorities towards and strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific. H.E. Nguyen Quoc Dzung, Ambassador of Vietnam to the United States, and Mr. Craig S. Smith, Chairman of the USABC Board of Directors and Group President & Managing Director of International Operations for Marriott International, offered remarks.
The 2022 Philippine Business Mission began with a country briefing by the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, The Honorable MaryKay Loss Carlson and the U.S. Embassy team including USAID. U.S. private sector shared policy priorities and areas for cooperation and collaboration with the United States and the new Marcos administration. The US-ABC SVP and Managing Director Amb. Michael Michalak (ret.) and its Philippines Committee Leadership Co-Chair IBM Vice President Government & Regulatory Affairs Asia Pacific Steve Braim led this year’s contingent, the largest in-person delegation to date signaling the increased investor interest in the Philippines under the new Marcos administration.
The US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation to the 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting for the 23rd consecutive year of attending the AEM annual consultation with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The Meeting was co-chaired by Cambodia Minister of Commerce, H. E. Pan Sorasak, and the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai. The Council also held bilateral meetings with high-level officials from Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, the Philippines, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, and USTR.
(September 16, 2022) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) in partnership with the Cambodia Ministry of Commerce conducted an SME-oriented capacity building event in Cambodia on the sidelines of the 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting. This event was the first hybrid SME workshop after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also included the participation of the Cambodia Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MISTI), and the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce as additional organizing partners. Themed “Enhancing Digital Trade for Cambodian SMEs,” the workshop featured a policy dialogue and digital skills training from public and private sector representatives. Overall there were 145 Cambodian SMEs joined the event.
Siem Reap, Cambodia – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC), working with Google and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), held a breakfast roundtable on ASEAN Tech Talks prior to the launching of the joint report by Google and ICC on ASEAN micro, medium, and small enterprises (MSMEs) and Digital Exports on Friday, September 16, 2022. The roundtable was part of the Council’s ongoing SME Program and a sideline event to the 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Jakarta, Indonesia) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) led a delegation of 35 U.S. companies on its first in-person Indonesia Business Mission in three years. Taking place from 23-26 August, 80 senior-level executives representing the U.S. private sector from multiple industries were received by President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) on August 24. U.S.