(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.
(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.
(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).
(Bali, Indonesia) – Nearly 100 Indonesian SME owners and executives participated in a full-day workshop titled, “Innovation for SMEs Go-Online: Winning the Global Competition” in Bali on August 27. The workshop was conducted by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) in close collaboration with Indonesia’s Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (CSMEs).
“We acknowledge that the digital transformation of SMEs can bring tremendous challenges, but more importantly, we see tremendous opportunities for SMEs who harness digital capabilities to expand their businesses,” said Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, during his opening remarks. “To help work through some of these challenges, we used this workshop to hear from policymakers about programs and opportunities that SMEs can use to become more competitive, such as our ASEAN SME Online Academy.”
(Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia) - In a collaborative effort between government and industry to acknowledge the necessity for an efficient innovative ecosystem, the US-ASEAN Business Council and the Government of Indonesia hosted the First Indonesia Innovation Series August 26 in Denpasar, Bali. The event, in conjunction with the 24th National Technology Awakening day, acknowledged the rapid digital transformation of today’s age and provided forward-looking inclusive strategy to build on this digital transformation. The event is also being held back to back with the Council’s SME workshop on August 27.
During the DPCF, the Council also launched a new report, “Digital Data Governance in ASEAN: Key Elements for a Data Driven Economy,” to provide several recommendations for implementing ASEAN’s Framework on Digital Data Governance.
(Kuala Lumpur)- From August 20-22, the US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of 20 leading U.S. global companies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The mission is part of the Council’s continued effort to position member companies as partners and stakeholders committed to Malaysia’s dynamic and inclusive growth. The delegation met with top Malaysian government officials to understand ways in which the U.S. business community can support the government’s top goals and key initiatives, including the Industry4WRD national policy. The mission also discussed Malaysia’s objectives and potential theme for its 2020 Chairmanship of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
(Bangkok) -- From August 13-16, the US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of 46 leading American companies on the Council's annual Thailand Business Mission. Nearly 100 senior executives from a variety of industries met with recently re-elected Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as well as newly appointed Cabinet members, senior Government officials, and key stakeholders in Thailand.
This mission was the Council’s largest single delegation to any ASEAN country in its 35-year history and served as companies’ first critical opportunity to engage with the new coalition Government following Thailand’s first general election in eight years.