Manila, The Philippines (June 27) - More than 200 owners and executives of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) from Manila and surrounding cities participated in a one-day workshop entitled “Empowering Philippines SMEs with Digital Tools and Mentorship Opportunities".
In conjunction with the United Nations (UN) International SME Day, the workshop was co-organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC), the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT).
Can Tho, Viet Nam (July 9) – More than 200 multi-industry Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) owners and executives from Can Tho and 13 neighboring Mekong Delta provinces participated in a one-day SMB workshop titled “Trade Facilitation: Integrating SMBs into Inclusive Global Value Chains”.
As an implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the US-ASEAN Business Council and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the workshop provided SMBs with series of practical trainings to further capitalize Can Tho’s status as Viet Nam’s home for industries, export-processing zones, and world’s biggest manufacturers.
(Bangkok) – A delegation of 38 leading American companies participated in the US-ASEAN Business Council’s annual Thailand Business Mission in Bangkok from June 26-28. The group was comprised of more than 80 senior executives from a cross section of industries. Over the course of the mission, the delegation met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and key members of the Cabinet and other senior government officials, as well as business and thought leaders.
The US-ASEAN Business Council’s Board of Directors, members and staff, express their heartfelt congratulations to the citizens of Malaysia in electing H.E. Mahathir Bin Mohamad as the Seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“The free, fair, and peaceful nature of the electoral process serves as a testament to the will of the Malaysian people and the strength of the nation’s democratic process”, said Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
(Langkawi) - The US-ASEAN Business Council joined the 27th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors-General of Customs in Malaysia this week, from May 2-3. The meeting is part of almost 20 years of engagement between the Council and the 10 ASEAN Directors-General of Customs which has examined ways to improve trade connections in Southeast Asia. The Council’s delegation of nine top U.S. companies is led by Senior Vice-President and Regional Managing Director of the Council, Amb. Michael Michalak, as well as Chair of the Council’s Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee and Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS, Shiumei Lin.
(Luang Prabang) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) began the process of handing over the administration of the ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprises Academy to the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) through the Philippines. It marked an important step in the committee’s effort to promote productivity, technology and innovation for MSMEs in ASEAN.
The academy is a self-help and self-paced online learning tool for SMEs, offering free courses and resources on topics such as financing/accounting, management, marketing and technology to help ASEAN MSMEs to grow.
(Hanoi) – The US-ASEAN Business Council concluded its annual Business Mission to Vietnam today, bringing a delegation of 33 leading U.S. companies from a cross section of sectors to engage the Government of Vietnam on trade and investment opportunities. Over the course of three days, the delegation met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu, and leaders of other key ministries, state-owned enterprises, and international organizations.
The mission was led by Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council, Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council and Wouter Van Wersch, President & CEO of GE Asia Pacific and Chair of the Council’s Vietnam Committee.
(Jakarta) - A delegation of 41 leading American companies from a cross section of industries visited Jakarta from March 13-15, concluding its visit to Indonesia today. The group was comprised of more than 85 senior executives and was organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council. Over the course of the mission, the delegation held more than thirty meetings including President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister Luhut, Coordinating Minister Wiranto, key members of the cabinet and other senior government officials, as well as representatives of the Indonesian business community from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), and the KADIN United States Committee (KIKAS).
(Jakarta) – On March 15, the US-ASEAN Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Cooperation in Promoting Economic Relations and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Indonesia. This MoU signing comes at the conclusion of the Council’s annual Business Mission to Indonesia from March 13-15, where a delegation of 41 leading American companies met with key senior government officials and various stakeholders in the Indonesian business community to learn about the country’s plans for increasing trade, encouraging investment, and enabling inclusive economic growth.