(Thailand) – On August 31, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion of Thailand, conducted a webinar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Thailand. The event was part of the Council’s broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 150 owners and executives of Thai SMEs participated in the webinar session themed, “Supporting Thailand SMEs’ Digitalization Amid COVID-19.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Global Task Force on Pandemic Response (GTF) — a public-private partnership of major U.S. companies organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with support from Business Roundtable — today announced plans to mobilize in support COVID-19 pandemic relief and response in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
In partnership with the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (AmCham Indonesia), and working in cooperation with the Government of Indonesia, Global Task Force members will provide critically needed medical supplies and protective equipment in areas of highest need. Southeast Asia is experiencing a major outbreak, and Indonesia now accounts for approximately one in five fatalities globally as it grapples with shortages of oxygen and hospital capacity amid a surge in cases.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US-ASEAN Business Council today announced the appointment of U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Ted Osius as the Council’s new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). On August 23, Ambassador Osius will succeed Alexander C. Feldman, who recently resigned after leading the Council for more than 12 years. Feldman is relocating to Singapore where he will serve as the President of Boeing Southeast Asia.
From 26 July through 15 August 2021, the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) was proud to host productive dialogues between senior officials in the Singaporean Government and American business leaders during its 2021 Virtual Singapore Business Mission. This year’s delegation of 31 U.S. firms was co-led by US-ABC President & CEO Alexander Feldman, US-ABC Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director Amb. Michael Michalak, and US-ABC’s Singapore Committee Chair Oracle, represented by CHUA Horng Shya Managing Director for Singapore.
On behalf of the entire staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council, I want to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous Lunar New Year and Tet as we welcome the Year of the Tiger. This year, we are excited to engage Cambodia as it assumes the chairmanship of ASEAN. We look forward to helping Cambodia advance regional economic development and community building efforts under its chosen theme of Addressing Challenges Together.
(Malaysia) – On July 15, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives of Malaysia, conducted a webinar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. The event was part of a broader webinar series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 100 owners and executives of Malaysian SMEs participated in the webinar session titled, “Enabling Digital Capabilities of Malaysian SMEs through the COVID-19 Crisis.”
On July 15, the US-ASEAN Business Council (The Council) conducted its inaugural Virtual ASEAN Workshop in preparation for the United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) in September. The event provided ASEAN FSS country conveners with a platform to share game-changing solutions raised in National Food Systems Dialogues and emphasized the private sector’s role in building more sustainable and equitable food systems to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop began with opening remarks from Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community Satvinder Singh, followed by keynote addresses from Acting Administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Daniel Whitley and Former USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. Mr.