(Washington, DC) "Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem's visit here so soon after Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) shows the importance Vietnam and the United States place on the relationship," said Matthew Daley, President, US-ASEAN Business Council to an audience of 150 of leading US business people today in Washington.
The US-ASEAN Business Council hosted the luncheon for Deputy Prime Minister Khiem with an audience of 150 government and private sector leaders. This is the first visit by a high ranking Vietnamese official since their accession to the WTO and the passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations legislation by the United States last year. Deputy Prime Minister Khiem is in Washington in advance of the trip of President Nguyen Minh Triet later this year.
(Manila) A US business delegation from the US-ASEAN Business Council and the US-Philippines Business Council concluded its two day business mission in the Philippines with a strong signal of confidence and support in the country. The mission consisted of 14 representatives from nine companies and was led by Council President Matthew Daley and Robert Driscoll, Senior Vice President of Mirant Corporation and Chairman of US-Philippines Business Council.
"Our mission is a show of commitment by US businesses in the Philippines. The economy is clearly improving and we're here to reaffirm our support and explore policies to enhance the competitiveness of the Philippines", said Matthew Daley.
(Singapore) 8 November, 2006: A major delegation of US companies are in Singapore this week to reaffirm its strong commitment to Singapore, dialogue with the government, and to explore new investment opportunities in the country, and on a regional level. The US-ASEAN Business Council's 15-member delegation was led by Kristin Paulson, President - South Asia Pacific, United Technologies International Operations, and Matthew Daley, President of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
"As the ASEAN region becomes more visible and plays an increasingly important role in US business operations, the ability for American companies to invest in Singapore and use it as a regional hub for their operations becomes increasingly important," said Ms. Paulson. "Singapore continues to serve as a vital link for U.S. business interests within the country and into the region."
(Jakarta) American Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Companies concluded a two-day ICT business mission to Indonesia with an ICT workshop to explore best practices and policies for Indonesia to harness ICT as a means to enable growth.
The workshop was attended by approximately 130 government officials from relevant ministries and departments, members of the House of Representatives, academia, business and media.
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) The US-ASEAN Business Council met with the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) yesterday to discuss trade and investment issues both as they relate to ASEAN integration and individual economy business environments. Led by Council Senior Vice President Walter Lohman, the delegation included senior executives from The Boeing Company, Cargill Inc., General Electric, Merck and Co. Inc., Oracle Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UPS and Yum! Brands, Inc.
(Siam Reap, Cambodia) The US-ASEAN Business Council held its annual consultation with the ASEAN Customs Directors-General (DGs) today to discuss customs issues impacting US companies in the region. Members of the Council made a series of presentations at the session covering issues related to Supply Chain Security, Advance Rulings on Classification, Trade Facilitation and other customs related issues. Led by Andrew Jackson, Chairman of the newly formed Customs Working Group, the Council delegation included representatives from General Motors, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, PricewaterhouseCoopers and UPS.
(Jakarta) The US-ASEAN Business Council is completing a five-day business mission to Indonesia today that includes 45 delegates from 20 prominent American companies. The mission, led by President of the US-ASEAN Business Council Matthew Daley and Chairman of the US-Indonesia Business Council Robert Haines, visited Batam before arriving in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The delegation is visiting Indonesia to hold meetings with public and private sector leaders to discuss trade and investment opportunities and concerns. Delegates of the mission are underscoring that they see the Government of Indonesia is gaining traction on investment, trade, tax, energy, transportation, health and information and communication technology policies.
(Kuala Lumpur) The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) today concluded a senior executives' mission to Malaysia comprised of 18 executives of 10 major American companies, led by Chairman of the US-Malaysia Business Council, Michael Gadbaw, Vice President and Senior Counsel, General Electric Company; Vice Chairman of the US-Malaysia Business Council, V.R. Srivatsan, Managing Director of Oracle Corporation Malaysia; and Matthew Daley, President of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
(Singapore) The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) concluded a senior executives’ mission to Singapore comprised of representatives of 16 major American companies. The group voiced its continued commitment to Singapore, its appreciation for Singapore's friendship and business friendly environment, and discussed areas of additional trade and investment. The Chairman of USABC bilateral US-Singapore Business Council, Bob Bauerlein of The Boeing Company, and USABC President Matthew Daley led the delegation of 25 executives.
(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council today announced that Martin J. Sullivan, President and CEO of American International Group, Inc. has been elected the Council's new Chairman. Sullivan succeeds Charles Williamson, Chairman and CEO of Unocal Corporation, who has served as Chairman of the Council since 2002.
"The ASEAN region is important to the United States, to American business and to AIG. It's an honor to be elected chairman of this organization, which has a long record of facilitating productive dialogue between U.S. companies and the dynamic ASEAN economies," said Mr. Sullivan.