The US-ASEAN Business Council Board of Directors, members and staff convey deepest condolences to the Matthews family, the U.S. Embassy in Brunei and the broader American diplomatic corps, and the ASEAN community on the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Matthews, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. Ambassador Matthews died on May 20.
"I am deeply and personally saddened by the loss of Ambassador Matt Matthews, who we are proud to consider a friend and supporter of the Council” said Alexander C. Feldman, Chairman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Ambassador Matthews had a big and positive impact on ASEAN, APEC, and of course, though cut short, Brunei.”
Energy Analytical Update | May 19, 2020
Authors: Shay Wester, Kim Yaeger, Angga Antagia, J-Ren Ong & Minh Vu The Impacts of COVID-19 on the ASEAN Energy Sector
Energy Update | May 19, 2020
Authors: Shay Wester, Kim Yaeger, Annga Antagia, J-Ren Ong & Minh Vu LOOKING AHEAD
Officials in the Lao People's Democratic Republic say they are ready to further lift lockdown restrictions. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia's only landlocked country have remained steady at 19 for over a month, and there are zero reported deaths.
After a strict nationwide lockdown was partially lifted earlier this month, restaurants, some retail and service businesses like salons and auto shops were allowed to open, but people could not travel outside their provinces. Offices were allowed to reopen if they adopted "rotating shifts," the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
The country's National Task Force for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced at a Friday press conference that more offices and businesses will resume normal operations on Monday, May 18. Some schools will reopen and certain sports activities will be permitted, reports The Laotian Times.
INDONESIA UPDATE | May 2020
Authors: Mega Valentina, Kim Yaeger, Marc Mealy, Rahma Alifa
Health & Life Sciences | May 14, 2020
Authors: Hai Pham, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, J-Ren Ong, Minh Vu LOOKING AHEAD May 2020: E-Consultations on COVID-19 with Malaysia and Vietnam Ministries of Health
Singapore Update | May 14, 2020
Authors: Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez, J-ren Ong, Marc Mealy, Kim Yaeger THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
Defense & Security Update | May 14, 2020
Authors: Jack Myint & Ingyin THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
US Commitment to Indo-Pacific Reflected in $20 million Strategic Packet
Thailand Update | May 14, 2020
Authors: Marc Mealy, Hai Pham, Natalie Tantisirirat, Minh Vu, Ingyin LOOKING AHEAD