(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.”
For all our friends in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, I hope you had a very happy Khmer New Year, Pi Mai, Thingyan and Songkran!
Since my last newsletter, we have seen two milestone elections in ASEAN. On March 24, Thailand held its first elections in eight years. Just over three weeks later, Indonesia held the world’s largest presidential election in a single day on April 17, with over 81 percent of the electorate voting.
(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.”
Energy Update | April 19, 2019
Authors: Riley Smith and David Mineo NOTES FROM ENERGY COMMITTEE Q2 2019 CALL
Health & Life Sciences Update | April 18, 2019
Authors: Shay Wester, Hai Pham and David Mineo LOOKING AHEAD USABC-EWEC Content Submission
(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.
Thailand Update | April 17, 2019
Authors: Riley Smith, Ella Duangkaew, David Mineo THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
Thailand Steams Ahead with Local and Country-Wide Rail Developments to Meet Connectivity Goals
(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.
ICT Update | April 10, 2019
Authors: Shay Wester, Kim Yaeger, Ella Duangkaew, David Mineo LOOKING AHEAD
(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.