(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.
Director - Director of the Membership and Sustainability (Washington, DC)
(Manila, Philippines) – On August 16, 2022, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in collaboration with IBM, hosted “Digital Transformation in Government,” an event for different government agencies to discuss their initiatives and challenges in shifting to a more digital landscape with their department’s duties and operations. Around forty (40) public officials from different departments and government agencies attended the event.
The event was officially opened by Amb. Michael Michalak, the Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Council, and Mr. Paul Burton, the IBM Asia Pacific General Manager. Both delivered their welcome remarks respectively, highlighting the increasing importance of digitization to the nation and economy amidst globalization and the new normal.
Tomomi Takeda, Executive Assistant - Thailand, US-ASEAN Business Council
Date: July 29, 2022
Participants: 750 (Zoom), 262 viewers (Facebook Livestream, as of July 31)
Partner: Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Trade Training Center
Secretary Blinken’s participation in last week’s ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting of Foreign Ministers hosted by the Government of Cambodia in Phnom Penh reinforces the value of “ASEAN Centrality” to America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.
Given the growing importance of ASEAN to America’s economic interests -- six ASEAN nations were ranked in the top 31 of America’s largest trade partners in the world last year -- it is vital that the United States strengthen its engagement with ASEAN as a region, as others around the world are actively doing.