(Manila, Philippines) The US-ASEAN Business Council, working together with the Philippines Department of Science and Technology-Information Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and the Business Software Alliance, today concluded a two-day workshop designed to propose specific action plans to facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors on the successful completion of the ASEAN ICT Master Plan. ASEAN's ICT Master Plan creates key targets to utilize ICT to work towards the goal of an inclusive, vibrant, and integrated ASEAN. The discussions focused on how government and industry could cooperate in creating and implementing initiatives that would drive successful ICT investment and development.
(Vientiane) The US-ASEAN Business Council held its first official Business Mission to Laos in recent memory this week, bringing a delegation of five leading U.S companies to meet the government and discuss possibilities for doing business in the nation. The bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Laos has become closer recently as the U.S. has put more focus on engaging with ASEAN. The mission was co-led by Frances Zwenig of the Council and Tim Doyle of the Coca-Cola Company, the Chair of the Council's Laos Committee.
“Laos is a new frontier for U.S. companies,” said Coca-Cola General Manager for Laos and Thailand Jorge Garduno. “At the Coca-Cola Company, we’re excited about the possibilities for Laos that ASEAN integration and the growing market here offers.”
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(Singapore) A delegation of senior executives from major U.S. corporations organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council concluded a visit to Singapore today which focused on improving the business environment through both bilateral and regional initiatives, and leveraging Singapore's status as a technology hub to support research and development and maximize safe and efficient use of new sources of data. Council members and representatives of the Singapore Government also focused their discussions on opportunities to help support ASEAN's progress toward the 2015 launch of the ASEAN Economic Community.