(Hanoi) - From September 30 to October 16, 2021, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) led a delegation of 37 leading U.S. companies on the 2021 Vietnam Business Mission. The Council's delegation met with government officials and key stakeholders across several ministries and agencies to reinforce the Council's dedication to supporting Vietnam's COVID-19 economic recovery. During the Mission, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to establish working relationships with the new Government in Vietnam and deepen existing relationships with key Government of Vietnam (GOV) agencies and offices, relevant members of the National Assembly, and members of the Politburo. This year, the Mission was conducted virtually. The Mission was also co-led by the Council’s President & CEO Ambassador Ted Osius; the Council's Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director Ambassador Michael W.
(Manila, Philippines) – On October 14, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines and QBO, conducted a workshop for start-ups in the Philippines. The event was part of the Council’s broader workshop series in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 250 Filipino startup founders participated in the workshop session themed, “Advancing the Competitiveness of Philippines Start-ups.”
The workshop was officially opened by Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the Council and Ms. Clare Amador, Head of Public Policy from Facebook Philippines.
The US-ASEAN Business Council hosted a Tech in Trade capacity building workshop on September 28, 2021. The workshop addressed the various customs policy challenges that exist today across ASEAN, and how the adoption of cutting-edge technologies can not only alleviate burdens on customs officers but also accelerate trade and recovery goals, while creating broad-based, sustainable, and inclusive socio-economic growth. The workshop also served as an opportunity for the U.S. private sector and other stakeholders across the region to share knowledge and best practices with ASEAN Customs officials and border agencies toward full, contactless, electronic customs processes in a post COVID-19 world.
(Washington) – September 14. The US-ASEAN Business Council Institute (USABCI), together with the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC), successfully facilitated delivery of 30 pallets of critical relief materials to Indonesia amidst recent COVID-19 outbreaks. The organizations jointly led efforts to coordinate two in-kind shipments from express carriers FedEx and UPS, with expertise and technical assistance provided by Deloitte. The 30 pallets collectively included over 1 million swab kits, and other categories of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from a larger donation by the City of New York to Yayasan BUMN untuk, the foundational arm of the Ministry for State Owned Enterprises (BUMN) in Indonesia.
The US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation to the 53rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) and held its 22nd annual consultation on September 14 with all ten ASEAN Economic Ministers co-chaired by Brunei Darussalam Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II H.E. Dato Dr. Amin Liew Abdullah and the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai. The Council delegates will hold a series of bilateral meetings with heads of delegation from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, U.S. Government officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.
(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.