Singapore – Ambassador Carden participated in the opening panel “Competition and Cooperation in a Turbulent World” at the 6th ASEAN and Asia Forum, sponsored by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, an independent think tank. Following a keynote speech by Brunei Second Foreign Minister Pehin Lim Jock Seng, Ambassador Carden delivered remarks on the United States’ broad, cross-pillar engagement in ASEAN, urging businesses to engage in the ASEAN conversation in a systemic way, which should focus on rule of law, education, and youth issues. Such an approach will foster conditions that will enable sustained positive trade and investment growth. Pehin Lim identified ASEAN’s internal challenges, including strengthening ASEC’s human resources and management capacity as well as the need to bring stakeholders into the decision-making process. He invited the business community to actively give feedback on problems and solutions for investment in ASEAN. Professor James Tang of the Singapore Management University spoke on China’s more active engagement with ASEAN under the country’s new leadership. The Forum was attended by approximately 300 people from the private sector, think tank and media communities.