(Bangkok) Four months after the installment of the first democratically elected government to follow the September, 2006 coup, the US-ASEAN Business Council returned to Thailand and met with Prime Minister & Defense Minister Samak Sundaravej, Foreign Affairs Minister Noppadon Patama and other Thai leaders.
“We have brought the first large scale US business mission to Thailand since 2005,” said Matthew Daley, President of the US-ASEAN Business Council and co-leader of the delegation with Laura Hudson, Chevron and Chair of the Council’s Thailand Committee.
Corporate executives from twenty-four of the world’s top companies spent three days in Bangkok and meeting with Prime Minister Samak and his entire economic team.
(Bangkok) The US-ASEAN Business Council and AMCHAM Thailand are pleased to join with Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC to host the "Thailand-US Partnership Success Stories", a Business Summit to be held in Bangkok on 28 April, 2008.
The Summit, to be held at Government House, will be kicked off with a welcome speech by H.E. Mr. Noppadon Pattama, Minister of Foreign Affairs followed by opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Samak Sundaravej, Prime Minister of Thailand. US Ambassador Eric John and Undersecretary Christopher Padilla, US Department of Commerce, will also make remarks.
(Pattaya, Thailand) The US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of senior executives from leading American financial institutions to the 2009 ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting (AFMM) in Pattaya, Thailand, April 8-9. The delegation, comprising representatives from ACE Group, AIG, Citibank, GE Money, Standard & Poor's, and NYSE-Euronext, was led by David Wolf, President, ACE Life, and Chairman of the Council's Financial Services Working Group.
The Council has had the honor of hosting a dialogue with the 10 ASEAN Finance Ministers and American business leaders for the last several years This year's mission to the AFMM is timely given the current global economic and financial crisis and coming on heals of the recent G20 Summit and on the eve of the ASEAN+3 Summit.
With a membership of around 120, most of whom represent America's Fortune 100, the Council represents a broad, dynamic, and highly influential segment of American businesses.
"As Vietnam is seen by an increasing number of foreign businesses as the new frontier for trade and investment in Asia," said Mr. Daley, "an in-country presence of the Council is essential to answering the need of our member corporations for business opportunities here".
About a quarter of the Council's member companies are operating in Vietnam and the number is expected to rise considerably as others are repositioning their business strategies towards the country.
(Jakarta) The US-ASEAN Business Council is completing a five-day business mission to Indonesia today that includes 57 delegates from 30 prominent American companies, including one that is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. The mission, led by President of the US-ASEAN Business Council Matthew Daley, Chairman of the US-Indonesia Business Council John "Jack" Gehring, and Vice Chairman of the US-Indonesia Business Council Russell King, arrived in Jakarta on Monday for meetings with Indonesia's leadership.
(Manila) The US-ASEAN Business Council is leading a delegation of American companies to the Philippines from October 17-19 as part of its annual Business Mission. Comprising of senior representatives from AES, Chevron, The Coca Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, Monsanto Company, Oracle Corporation, Time Warner Inc., Tyco Fire and Security, Unisys Philippines, and UPS, the Mission is co-led by Council President Matthew Daley and Kandy Anand, President, the Coca Cola Company, Philippines Business Unit, and Chairman of the US-Philippines Business Committee.
"We are here because the Philippines is an important market for US companies, and we continue to see tremendous growth opportunities for our businesses as the state of the economy improves" said Mr. Anand. "We are committed to this country, to our partners and customers, to our consumersand most especially to our employees here" he further added.
(New York) Following a year of achievements including joining the WTO and attaining Permanent Normalized Trading Relations with the United States, Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung arrives in New York to address the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, September 27. The US-ASEAN Business Council and its Chairman, Martin Sullivan, President & CEO, the American International Group (AIG) are honored to host Prime Minister Dung and his delegation at a roundtable and luncheon on Wednesday, September 26, at AIG headquarters in New York City. The event will be attended by 30 leaders of the United States' foremost corporations.
(New York) Thailand's Prime Minister H.E. Surayud Chulanont met today with American business leaders at a roundtable that was followed by a reception. The event was organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council, and is hosted by Council's Chairman Martin Sullivan, President and CEO of American International Group, Inc (AIG).
"US-Thai relationship will reach the 175th year milestone next year and the historically strong diplomatic, security and economic relationship will continue to grow. We want American businesses to know that Thailand is open for business," said Prime Minister Surayud.
The Council has met three times with Prime Minister Surayud in Bangkok over the past year. Council members discussed their business interests and problems and appreciate the willingness of PM Surayud and his team to meet and hear the concerns.
(Singapore) The US-ASEAN Business Council wrapped up a two-day Senior Executives Business Mission to Singapore on Friday, 21 September. The business delegation comprised of 13 major US companies: APCO Worldwide, The Boeing Company, Business Objects, ConocoPhillips, General Electric International, Hewlett-Packard, InterGen/Island Power, Janssen-Cilag Singapore, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon International Inc, Unisys, UPS, UTC.
The 25-member delegation is co-led by chair of the US-Singapore Business Council of the US-ASEAN Business Council, Mr. Robert Bauerlein, Vice President of International Operations of the Boeing Company, and Mr. Matthew Daley, President of the Council.
(Washington, DC) With Vietnam's recent achievement of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with the United States and the subsequent accession to the World Trade Organization, President of Vietnam H.E. Nguyen Minh Triet visits the U.S. for a week long tour. The US-ASEAN Business Council together with the US Chamber of Commerce is privileged to host President Triet and his delegation for a luncheon in Washington, DC, on Thursday, June 21st. The luncheon will be attended by 400 people from the government, diplomatic, think-tank, and media communities.