Secretary Blinken’s participation in last week’s ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting of Foreign Ministers hosted by the Government of Cambodia in Phnom Penh reinforces the value of “ASEAN Centrality” to America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.
Given the growing importance of ASEAN to America’s economic interests -- six ASEAN nations were ranked in the top 31 of America’s largest trade partners in the world last year -- it is vital that the United States strengthen its engagement with ASEAN as a region, as others around the world are actively doing.
He pushed for economic reforms, including the liberalization of the telecommunications sector and steered the country out of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. A graduate of West Point and a friend of the United States, he kept the U.S.-Philippines alliance strong through the negotiation of the Visiting Forces Agreement and called for the return of the Balangiga Bells, through quiet diplomacy, for national heritage and reconciliation.
(Manila, Philippines) – On July 29, 2022, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Philippines Trade Training Center, conducted a workshop for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines. The event was part of the Council’s broader workshop series to support the Philippine economic recovery. More than 500 Filipino SMEs participated in the workshop session themed, “Addressing Digital Skill Gaps for Philippine SMEs.”
The workshop was officially opened by Ms. Blesila A. Lantayona, Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group (ROG) of the Department of Trade and Industry who delivered welcome remarks highlighting the importance of MSMEs in the Philippine Economy and how digitalization brought new opportunities for MSMEs.
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(Washington, D.C.) - The US-ASEAN Business Council Institute (USABCI), the charitable arm of the US-ASEAN Business Council, is pleased to announce that former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel has joined the Myanmar Scholarship Fund steering committee as Patron. He will serve with Ambassador Derek Mitchell, also a former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, on the steering committee.
(Washington, DC) – U.S. industry strongly supports the governments of Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam in launching the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).