Southeast Asian Defense Budgets to rise 8-9% annually, Feb 22, 2010 IN THIS UPDATE: Expanding SE Asian Defense Budgets Cobra Gold Indonesia Myanmar Singapore Thailand Vietnam
The Council will host a briefing with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Robert Scher on Friday, February 26th at 3pm in DC. For more information, contact Anthony Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane's Weekly projects SE Asian Defense Budgets to Expand
Southeast Asia Telecommunication Top 10 Predictions, Feb 17 2010 IN THIS UPDATE: ASEAN Brunei Malaysia Philippines Thailand Vietnam Others
Myanmar expands privatizations, looks to revive agricultural sector, Feb 12, 2010 IN THIS UPDATE:Defense & Security Energy Finance Food & Agriculture Infrastructure Politics International Relations Humanitarian issues Other
We are considering a one-day Myanmar Business Dialogue in Yangon, Myanmar on either March 28 th or 29 th. For more information on this program, please contact Frances Zwenig at email@example.com
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Burmese navy participates in Asia-Pacific war games, Irrawaddy, Feb 9th
Philippines Food & Drink Report, Feb 5 2010 IN THIS UPDATE: ASEAN Brunei Cambodia Indonesia Laos Myanmar Philippines Thailand Vietnam
The Food & Agriculture Working Group's quarterly meeting will be held in March, please contact Ira Sugita at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Jakarta) The US-ASEAN Business Council applauds the launch today of Indonesia's “National Single Window”, a program that will streamline the nation’s customs process and dramatically reduce the time it takes for containers to clear customs.
A container currently arriving in Indonesia generally requires between five and six days to be cleared by Indonesian customs. The new rules will reduce this time to potentially a matter of hours by creating a “one point, one time” system for data submission and reducing the number of steps needed for customs clearance.
“This new program will insure goods reach Indonesian businesses and consumers more efficiently,” says US-ASEAN Business Council President Alex Feldman. “Better customs processes will increase trade and create jobs on both sides of the Pacific.”
Singapore Clippings: Singapore expects $12b investments, February 1, 2010 IN THIS UPDATE:
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• Health & Life Sciences
Some cool stuff will go down in Singapore on Tuesday, March 30th. For more info, contact Regional Director Martin Hutagalung at email@example.com
(Jakarta) The US-ASEAN Business Council completed a four-day business mission to Indonesia today. The delegation was composed of 62 executives from 27 leading American companies. The visit came at an historic moment in the relationship between Indonesia and the United States in the lead-up to President Obama’s visit later this year. In response to the key priorities of the Indonesian government, outlined by H.E. Vice President Boediono and others, the Council announced its launch of an infrastructure working group.
(Washington, D.C.) The US-ASEAN Business Council presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore during a black-tie celebration of the Council's 25th anniversary held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C. this evening. Luminaries from the foreign policy, government, academic, and business communities gathered to honor both the Council and Minister Mentor Lee on their achievements. Speakers included former U.S. Secretaries of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Dr. George P. Shultz, United Technologies Chairman George David, Senator Jim Webb, Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs on the Foreign Relations Committee, and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell. Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush added their congratulations to the Council and Minister Mentor Lee via video.
(Hanoi, Vietnam) Addressing an audience of senior executives of leading US information and communication technology companies Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed that he would like to see a "US strategic partnership with Vietnam on ICT" established soon with support and participation from members of the US-ASEAN Business Council in the ICT sector.
(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council today named Alexander Feldman as President, replacing Matthew Daley, who held the position for more than four years. Feldman, a former U.S. State Department and Commerce Department official, will be responsible for the Council's operations in the United States and its five offices in Southeast Asia. The trade association is composed of nearly 100 U.S.-based companies, including two-thirds of the Dow Industrial Average component companies, and supports American trade, investment and business interests in Southeast Asia.