The US-ASEAN Business Council commends the United States Senate on passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on a bipartisan vote. Introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the bill aims to combat the recent surge of violence and harassment towards Asians and Asian-Americans, which the Council strongly condemns, by directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expedite the review of COVID-19 hate crimes.
The US-ASEAN Business Council commends the House of Representatives on passing the Southeast Asia Strategy Act. The bill directs the State Department to develop a comprehensive strategy for engaging ASEAN across multiple dimensions, from trade and investment flows to diplomatic and security arrangements. Representative Joaquin Castro and Representative Ann Wagner, the co-chairs and co-founders of the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN, authored the measure.
On April 16, the U.S. Treasury Department determined in its semiannual Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States that there is insufficient evidence to label Vietnam as a currency manipulator. In this Report, Treasury reviewed and assessed the policies of 20 major U.S. trading partners during the four quarters through December 2020.
(Vietnam) – On March 29th, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) in partnership with The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) of Vietnam conducted a half-day hybrid workshop for Vietnamese Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It was the second hybrid event in Vietnam after a program in November 2020. Around 100 owners and executives of Vietnamese SMEs virtually joined the webinar on, “Advancing Greater Participation by Vietnam SMEs in the Digital Economy Era.” The event was part of a broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis, focused on supporting digitalization plans for SMEs in Vietnam. A few officials also attended the event in-person at the MPI Office in Ha Noi.
(Singapore) – The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) launched its “A Vision for Cross-Border E-Commerce in ASEAN” report through a jointly organized workshop with the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Electronic Commerce (ACCEC). Workshop participants discussed the report’s proposed programs and initiatives to advance ASEAN’s e-commerce ecosystem and its broader digital economy.
Manager, US-ASEAN Business Council
(Washington, D.C.) The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council offer their sincere condolences to the Shultz family, the U.S. Government, and the people of the United States on the passing of Mr. George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of Labor. Shultz passed on February 6, at age 100.