(Washington, DC) - The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council convey deepest condolences to the Lugar family and the ASEAN community on the passing on April 28 of the Honorable Richard Lugar, senior Senator from Indiana.
“I am saddened to learn of this loss of a gifted leader and foreign policy expert,” said Alexander C. Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Senator Lugar, in his decades of prolific public service, was also a global statesman who leaves a legacy of a safer world with his accomplishments in nuclear nonproliferation, and in ASEAN, a particularly important mark on the U.S.-Philippine relationship.”
Notably, Senator Lugar, as head a U.S. Congressional delegation, observed the 1986 Philippine presidential election and took a firm stance on his view that new elections should be held which has been noted as saving the U.S.-Philippine relationship by the Associated Press.
(Nha Trang) - While joining the 7th ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) Meeting, the US-ASEAN Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Trade Training Centre on April 24 to formalize collaboration for the ASEAN SME Academy, an online resource platform for ASEAN MSMEs, which first launched in 2016.
“This occasion marks an important milestone of our partnership in utilizing the ASEAN SME Academy,” said Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director at the US-ASEAN Business Council. “The fourth industrial revolution brings about challenges for small and medium-sized businesses, but also provides huge benefits if SMEs can embrace it. One way to do so is by empowering them through the ASEAN SME Academy.”
(Washington, DC) - The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council offer sincere condolences to the Severino family, the ASEAN community, and the Government and people of the Philippines on the passing of Ambassador Rodolfo C. Severino Jr., who served as Secretary General of ASEAN from 1998 - 2002. Ambassador Severino passed at age 82 on April 19, 2019.
“I am saddened to learn of this great loss to the ASEAN Community and the Philippines,” said Alexander C. Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Ambassador Severino saw ASEAN through to the new millennium, and his contributions to both his country and ASEAN are admirable and impressive. Having been Secretary General of ASEAN through the peak of the Asian financial crisis, Ambassador Severino leaves an important legacy for a resilient, prosperous and peaceful region.”
(Washington, DC) – Today, the US-ASEAN Business Council celebrated both the start of H.E. Mahendra Siregar’s tenure in Washington, D.C. as Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States, and successful completion of Indonesia’s April 17 election, where nearly 155 million people, or almost 81 percent of the eligible population, voted simultaneously for the first time for five different levels of government, including for positions of the President and in national Parliament.
(Washington, D.C.) – The US-ASEAN Business Council held a roundtable, reception and dinner in honor of Minister Mai Tien Dung, Chairman of the Office of the Government of Vietnam, in Washington, D.C., ahead of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings.
(Manila) – The US-ASEAN Business Council, together with the Government of the Philippines and the ASEAN Secretariat, hosted the first ASEAN-U.S. Digital Policy Consultative Forum (DPCF) of 2019 on April 8 in Manila, Philippines. This DPCF was the first of a three-part series to be held on the sidelines of each of the ASEAN-Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials and ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators’ Council (TELSOM-ATRC) meetings in 2019. The Council worked with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Government of the Philippines, as host of the first 2019 ASEAN TELSOM-ATRC Leaders’ Retreat, and supported policy makers and stakeholders in exchanging views on how to create an enabling environment for increased investment and growth of the data ecosystem in ASEAN.
(Chiang Rai) - The US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of 16 top American financial services firms on its annual mission to the ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting (AFMGM). During the mission, The Council also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on April 4 with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), formalizing collaboration of the Council, ABAC Financial Services Working Group and the EU-ASEAN Business Council.
The US-ASEAN Business Council delegation was led by the co-chairs of its Financial Services Committee, Amol Gupte, ASEAN Head and Citi Country Officer for Singapore; and Yancy Molnar, Senior Vice President, International Government Affairs at Chubb; as well as the US-ASEAN Business Council’s President & CEO, Alexander C. Feldman; and Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Ambassador Michael W. Michalak.
(Washington, DC) – The US-ASEAN Business Council, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hosted an off-the-record luncheon roundtable with Minister of International Trade and Industry and Member of Parliament, Darell Leiking. At the roundtable with Minister Leiking, a Q2 workshop for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) was announced, which will be conducted in close collaboration between Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Council in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Launch of ASEAN Safe, Nutritious Food PPP Initiative in Bangkok Yields Partnership Opportunities to Better Ensure Thailand’s Supply of Safe & Nutritious Food
(Bangkok) - CropLife Asia, EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) and US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) jointly conducted a workshop in Bangkok last Monday with national, regional and international food value chain stakeholders that signaled the official launch of the ASEAN Safe, Nutritious Food PPP Initiative. The three organizations have joined forces to form this new Alliance to lead a discussion around factors supporting a safe and nutritious supply of food in the region as well as help foster greater partnership between public and private sectors across the food value chain.
(Hanoi) – On March 22, the Council convened the final segment of the Post-ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting Roadshow, which was attended by Vietnam government officials and stakeholders, and four major U.S. infrastructure companies. The inaugural Roadshow is a follow-up to the Council-led business mission to the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting in November 2018, where U.S. companies officially participated in and engaged with the ASEAN Ministers of Transport and Senior Transport Officials on key infrastructure issues. The Roadshow themes are High-Quality Infrastructure and Safety.