For more than 35 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. We believe opening and investing in the sustainability of efficient, resilient and competitive markets are critical to the continued growth of our member companies and innovation and job creation in the United States and Southeast Asia. ASEAN now represents more than 630 million people and a combined GDP of US $2.4 trillion across Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Council’s members include many of the world’s largest American multinational corporations in numerous industries and range from those that have been working in Southeast Asia for more than a century to newcomers entering Asia’s most dynamic regional economic community.
Over the next decade, by virtue of its growing middle class, infrastructure development and strategic position at the center of Pacific trade routes, ASEAN’s ten members will enjoy growth rates among the most robust in the world. With more than 65 percent of ASEAN’s population under the age of 35, ASEAN’s demographic trends will continue to fuel growth well into the future.
The Council is convinced on strategic grounds that America’s economic vitality depends on its success in the Asia-Pacific region, and ASEAN plays a central role. The Council is the only U.S.-based organization recognized in the ASEAN charter as a supporting organization of ASEAN. In service to its members, the Council leads major business missions to all ten ASEAN countries, 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 Economic, Energy, Finance, Transport, Travel & Tourism, Health and Forestry & Agriculture Ministers, as well as the ASEAN Customs Directors-General, at their annual meetings.
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