(Washington, DC) On January 15, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a report on the Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s currency practices. The report details USTR’s findings of the investigation, concluding that Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to currency valuation are unreasonable and burden American commerce. While USTR’s investigation supports a finding that Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices are actionable under section 301 of the Trade Act, the report did not include any recommended actions or tariff guidelines.
(Singapore) The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), in collaboration with Deloitte, and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) launched Edges of Southeast Asia at a panel session held at the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (“SWITCH”) Global Channel 2020 on December 7.
Edges of Southeast Asia features a 25-card info pack, each illustrating an emerging trend that draws upon a real case example in the region. Drawing influence from a diverse range of social, technological, economic, and political megatrends to better understand the complex dynamics shaping the business world, Edges of Southeast Asia features high growth potential opportunities within the ASEAN region.
The US-ASEAN Business Council is once again proud to bring a strong delegation of 39 leading American companies to Thailand – the second consecutive year our annual Business Mission to Thailand is the largest delegation of the year to any country in Southeast Asia. Despite unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is remarkable to see that U.S. businesses continue to view Thailand as a top priority market in Southeast Asia. This year especially, the Council is incredibly excited to have organized this Business Mission in a hybrid format; due to Thailand’s expert handling of the pandemic, our engagements had both in-person and virtual aspects, further enhancing the experience of the Mission and drawing us closer to a sense of normalcy.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump met with Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Tuesday, a meeting that the White House did not include on the president’s public schedule and did not provide comments on.
White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with Adam Boehler, chief executive officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. (DFC), were also present, according to a readout and photographs of the meeting provided by the Indonesian government.
(Ho Chi Minh City) – On November 19, the US-ASEAN Business Council with the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC) conducted the first hybrid workshop program for Vietnam SMEs. The event was part of a broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Around 150 owners and executives of Ho Chi Minh and neighboring cities participated in person, and 50 participants joined virtually through the webinar platform for the session themed “Adjustment for Adaptation – New Direction and Opportunities.”
The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Ryan Hollowell, Commercial Officer from the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, followed by remarks from Mr. Dinh Ngoc Thang, Director of the HCM City Customs Department and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, Chairwoman of VWEC.