For over 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia. ASEAN now represents more than 630 million people and a combined GDP of more than US $2.4 trillion across Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Council’s members include the largest U.S. companies working in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for a century or more.
The Council has offices in Washington, D.C, New York, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.
The Council leads major business missions to key economies; convenes multiple meetings with ASEAN heads of state and ministers; and is the only U.S. organization to be given the privilege to raise member company concerns in consultations with the ASEAN Agriculture & Forestry, Economic, Energy, Finance, and Transport Ministers, as well as the ASEAN Customs Directors-General at their annual meetings.
The Council’s working groups serve as an umbrella for our membership’s sectoral initiatives at both the local and regional level.
Council working groups include: Information & Communications Technology, Customs, Defense, Energy, Financial Services, Health and Life Sciences, Food and Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing.