ASEAN and U.S. Celebrate Ongoing Partnership at USAID PROGRESS Event

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       JULY 16, 2018   JAKARTA – At an event marking a significant milestone of the United States – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) development partnership, the U.S. Government and the ASEAN Secretariat reflected on the shared successes of the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) program. ...
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Charge d’affaires Piper Campbell’s Remarks for Independence Day Celebration

Jakarta, July 4 2018 Greetings Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Tuan, selamat datang and welcome. Ambassador Donovan, on behalf of the US Mission to ASEAN, I’m so pleased to join with the bilateral mission in this celebration of the anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence. 242 years ago, one of the ...
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17 Talented Scientists Selected for 2018/2019 ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship

INDONESIA– The ASEAN Foundation, in partnership with ASEAN and the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to announce 17 scientists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam as 2018/2019 ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) fellows. The fellows were selected for their track record ...
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U.S.-ASEAN Connect Digital Economy Series Event in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, June 27, 2018 – U.S.-ASEAN Connect , the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City , the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council , and USAID’s ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment Project (US-ACTI) jointly organized a Connect Digital Economy Series Event on “Understanding Cross-Border Data Flows:  E-Commerce and Beyond” at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The event featured discussion of Vietnam’s private-sector plans to grow the digital economy and ...
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Regional Workshop: Enhancing Access to Information and Community-based Protection System

Regional Workshop on Prevention Strategies to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially for Women and Children:  Enhancing Access to Information and Community-based Protection System June 21st in Hanoi, Vietnam. The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project supports the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) ...
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The Philippines Wins 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest

JAKARTA (June 14th, 2018) – Troy Logramonte Valdehueza of the Philippines has won first place in the 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest. His video “We Belong” speaks about identity and acceptance of the Lumads people of Mindanao, an indigenous community in the Philippines. In second place, Malaysia’s Risjhen Rajasingam Velsine produced, “We Are More Alike ...
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Inception Meeting to Operationalize the ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) Program

Singapore, June 5th, 2018 – The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project convened an inception meeting in Singapore June 4th to 5th to support the efforts of ASEAN’s Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) to operationalize ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management ...
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Press Release: Symposium on Single Window: 10 Years of U.S.-ASEAN Cooperation to Enhance Trade Efficiency in ASEAN

For immediate release.   SINGAPORE, June 4, 2018 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, brought together officials from ASEAN Member States, representatives of the private sector, and officials of foreign governments to review progress in implementing the ASEAN Single ...
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Consultation on a Rules-Based ASEAN: Process of Forging Legal Instruments

Singapore, May 16th, 2018 – The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project and in close partnership with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and GIZ supported the ASEAN Secretariat to organize the third “Consultation on a Rules-Based ASEAN” May 16th to 17th ...
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U.S.-Funded Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Hosts ASEAN Entrepreneurs at Inle Lake

The five-day event builds the ASEAN startup ecosystem by accelerating 39 impact enterprises representing all 10 ASEAN member states. INLE LAKE, MYANMAR – Thirty-nine entrepreneurs between ages 20-30 representing Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are converging for a five-day accelerator event to build Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem together ...
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ASEAN Youth Celebrate Cultural Diversity to Promote Peace and Tolerance through Video Shorts

April 23rd 2018. Following the success of the past three years, the United States Government through ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project, and in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation, are supporting the 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest. Designed to enhance youth leadership and civic engagement, the contest is open to all ASEAN citizens between 18 and 30 years ...
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Diverse, Connected, and Empowered – USASEAN Unites Women Leaders

From organizational leaders to entrepreneurs to educators, 38 female leaders representing all ten ASEAN countries united in Jakarta to challenge the future of global leadership. The US Mission to ASEAN hosted the Women’s Leadership Academy for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) for its fourth year with implementing partner Wedu.  The academy provides a platform for future and current women leaders to ...
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2018 ASEAN-U.S. SCIENCE PRIZE FOR WOMEN IS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION

For Immediate Release Thursday, April 11, 2018 JAKARTA – The United States Government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science company, has opened the fourth annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women for applications. This year’s prize seeks to recognize female scientists from the ASEAN ...
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Press Release: ASEAN manages online academy for MSMEs

LUANG PRABANG, 5 April 2018 – Earlier today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) began the process of handing over the administration of the ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprises Academy (or the academy) to the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) through the Philippines took place. It marked an important ...
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2018 ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize for Women

2018 ASEAN-U.S. SCIENCE PRIZE FOR WOMEN   Are you a young female scientist focusing on precision agriculture in the ASEAN region? You may be eligible for the 2018 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women!   As Southeast Asia’s population continues to grow rapidly, so does the demand on the region’s food system and farmers. Experts believe that by 2050, an estimated 40 ...
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Press Statement: U.S. ASEAN Dialogue April 3, 2018

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton co-chaired the 31st U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 3 together with Secretary General Dato’ Ramlan Ibrahim of Malaysia.  The Dialogue included fruitful talks among the United States, all ten ASEAN members, and the ASEAN Secretariat, and demonstrated the ongoing importance ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton Travels To Malaysia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 1, 2018 Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton will travel to Malaysia April 2-3 to co-chair the 31st U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue with Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary General Dato’ Ramlan Ibrahim. This Dialogue is an opportunity for Senior Officials from the United States ...
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ACWC Regional Guidelines and Procedures to Address the Needs of TIP Victims

Jakarta, Indonesia March 25, 2018 The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project continues to support ASEAN efforts to coordinate across relevant sectors on the implementation of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) and its ASEAN Plan of Action (APA). In collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN’s Commission on the Promotion and ...
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The ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship 2018/2019 is Now Calling for Applications

Are you a scientist from ASEAN who wants a breakthrough in your career? Are you interested in driving policy debates and data-based decision making to address pressing regional and national level challenges? Would you like to expand your professional network within ASEAN and to learn firsthand how ASEAN works on issues related to science and ...
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The 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop: Marine Debris Expedition

The 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop: Marine Debris Expedition Preventing and Combatting Marine Debris in the Seas of Southeast Asia August 4-9, 2018 Jakarta, Indonesia   ANNOUNCEMENT A. PROGRAM OVERVIEW The U.S. Embassy Jakarta and Divers Clean Action seek candidates for the 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop on Preventing and Combatting Marine Debris in the Seas of ...
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CDA Bocklage Remarks at the YSEALI STEM Regional Workshop Closing Dinner

Friday, March 2, 2018, 7PM, Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia As prepared   Your Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, Royal Government of Cambodia Ambassador William A. Heidt Meloney Lindberg, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Good evening everyone! Welcome to the closing dinner of the YSEALI STEM Regional Workshop. ...
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4th Annual ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2018

Application Details   Background and Introduction   The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual ASEAN Youth Video contest focused on the theme of “Youth Celebrating Diversity to Promote a Culture of Peace and Tolerance.” This contest is supported by the ASEAN Foundation and the U.S. Government through ...
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Summer Institute 2017: Trade, Investment, and the Rules of Law in ASEAN January 29th – 30th, 2018

Bali, January 29, 2018. The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project is supporting the 10th Summer Institute on “Trade, Investment, and the Rule of Law in ASEAN.” The two-day event has brought together over 70 participants from relevant ASEAN bodies, civil society organizations, private ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Conference Analyzing the State of US-ASEAN Relations

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. Mission to ASEAN Notice of Funding Opportunity   Funding Opportunity Title: Conference Analyzing the State of US-ASEAN Relations Funding Opportunity Number: S-USMAS-CONF-001 Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2018 CFDA Number: 19.124 – East Asia and Pacific Grants Program Total Amount Available: $250,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Mission to ASEAN ...
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2018 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant Recipients Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 12, 2018 Twenty-one winners have been announced in the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future small grants competition. The grantees, young leaders who represent all 10 ASEAN member states, will use YSEALI Seeds funding to conduct projects in the region across the themes of civic engagement, sustainable development, education, and economic growth. Selected from a competitive ...
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Workshop on Short Documentary Production and Story Development for ASEAN Filmmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 5, 2017 Seven-day workshop will bring together emerging filmmakers representing all 10 ASEAN member states to advance their storytelling and technical skills. LUANG PRABANG – Fourteen (14) emerging filmmakers from all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states will come together for seven days to explore strategies and ...
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State Department Celebrates Fourth Anniversary of Flagship Program for Southeast Asian Leaders

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 3, 2017 On December 3, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) – the State Department’s flagship leadership program in Southeast Asia – will celebrate its fourth anniversary. To mark the occasion, emerging leaders in all ASEAN member countries will implement community service projects, December 1–10, ...
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Joint Press Statement: U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue 2017

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 1, 2017 The United States and the Republic of the Philippines held the seventh Bilateral Strategic Dialogue from November 30-December 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian ...
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Passing of Former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 30, 2017 We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing on November 30 in Bangkok of the great Southeast Asian statesman, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr. Surin was a tireless champion of the Thai people, an eloquent advocate for all of Southeast Asia, and a dear ...
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Workshop to Present the Study on “Victims Restitution System in Thailand”

Conrad Hotel – Bangkok, Thailand November 29, 2017 – Through a grant to the Thailand-based Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) and working closely with Senior TIP Experts, the U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project conducted research and drafted a study assessing the current state of restitution for victims of human trafficking in Thailand. ...
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Chairman’s Statement on the Fourth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (4th ADMM-Plus)

MANILA, 24 OCTOBER 2017   The Fourth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (4th ADMM-Plus) was held on 24 October 2017 in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. The Meeting was chaired by Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defence, Philippines. The Meeting was attended by the ten ASEAN Member States and eight ASEAN Dialogue Partners, namely: Australia, the ...
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Press Release | November 14, 2017

For Immediate Release November 14, 2017 Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs, Matt Pottinger and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia, W. Patrick Murphy Meeting with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn Manila, Philippines On November 14, 2017, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs, ...
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Remarks by President Trump at 5th U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Philippine International Convention Center Manila, Philippines 2:57 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT TRUMP: President Duterte, distinguished leaders, friends and partners: I’m honored to represent the United States of America at this U.S.-ASEAN Commemorative Summit. We gather today at a time of great promise and great challenge. I speak to you on behalf of 350 million Americans with ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Duterte of the Philippines Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks by President Trump and President Duterte of the Philippines Before Bilateral Meeting | Manila, Philippines Philippine International Convention Center | 1:04 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT DUTERTE: (In progress.) But on the whole, I think I have so many things to say about (inaudible). I will just summarize (inaudible). We are your ally. We are an important ...
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Joint Statement of the ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations

Joint Statement of the ASEAN-U.S. Commemorative Summit on the 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America, gathered in Manila on 13 November 2017 on the occasion of the 5th ASEAN-U.S. Summit to ...
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ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest: Voicing Awareness on the ASEAN Community through Journalism

November 4th – 9th, 2017. The United States Government, through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project, and in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation is hosting the first ever ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism contest workshop in Singapore November 4th – 9th. The contest, launched in September, asked young people across ASEAN to write an essay (max 600 words) ...
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Consultation on a Rules-Based ASEAN: Legal Instruments and their Implementation

November 1-2, 2017 – Over 65 stakeholders from relevant ASEAN Sectoral, Ministries of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, academia, and legal experts gathered in Singapore to discuss ASEAN as a rules-based institution capable of effective implementation of its agreed upon legal instruments. The ambitious day and a half forum not only ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ ADMM-Plus Meeting

Oct 24, 2017 Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Clark, Philippines today. Meeting participants recognized the importance of the ADMM-Plus as an inclusive platform for high-level discussions of strategic defense and security ...
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Media Availability With Secretary Mattis En Route to the Republic of the Philippines

CAPT JEFF DAVIS: This is the first of a few chances you’ll get to talk to the Secretary. Let’s just say this will be the first opportunity you’ll have to talk to him on the trip. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS: I’m ok? Thank you for coming on the trip. It’s a long one of ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ ASEAN Informal Meetings

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Oct 23, 2017 Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met today with his ten ASEAN counterparts on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines to discuss mutual security challenges and our strong multilateral defense cooperation. They exchanged views on regional security, ...
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Ho Chi Minh City International University Researcher Wins $20,000 in ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women

JAKARTA (October 20, 2017) – The United States Mission to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced Dr. Nguyen Thi Hiep as the winner of the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, sponsored by ASEAN, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UL. Dr. Hiep received $20,000 for her exceptional research on using ...
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CDA Remarks at 2017 YSEALI Summit 40/50 U.S.-ASEAN Reception Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Manila Good evening! It is a pleasure to be here with all of you at this exciting event. Thank you Ambassador Kim and Assistant Secretary de la Vega for your excellent remarks and for being here to help us celebrate these milestones. ASEAN lies at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, ...
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Manila to Host 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit

Five-day summit will bring together 250 emerging leaders representing all 10 ASEAN member states to advance leadership skills and collaborate on challenges facing the region MANILA – Two-hundred and fifty emerging leaders between the ages of 18-35 representing all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states will come together for five days of ...
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The 2018 Fulbright USASEAN Visiting Scholars

The 2018 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative is opening its application. Selected U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN. The objective of the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative is to ...
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Five Finalists Vie for $20,000 in the 3rd Annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

JAKARTA (October 4, 2017) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), announced five finalists for the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The competition focuses on rapid urbanization with a lens towards health, transportation ...
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Call for Applications: 2018 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition

Are you passionate about the future of ASEAN? Do you have an idea of how to make a positive change in your community, but are in search of mentorship and financial assistance to make it happen? The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative’s (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future Grants Competition can help turn your ideas into action. The U.S. Mission to ASEAN ...
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Women Leaders Unite ASEAN

Jakarta, Indonesia – September 29, 2017 – The U.S. Mission to ASEAN, along with implementing partner Wedu, united  37 women leaders from all ten ASEAN countries for the third installment of the Women’s Leadership Academy for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). The participants are handpicked by U.S. Embassies in their respective countries and represent ...
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ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest 2017

Application Details The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 2017 ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism contest. We are inviting “Citizen Journalists” to submit an essay describing a theme that is important to youth in the ASEAN Community, such as youth entrepreneurship, employment, awareness raising, volunteerism and leadership, and building resilient ...
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The United States Supports Annual Youth Debate on Human Rights for ASEAN Countries

Bangkok, September 7, 2017. On September 6, 2017, The Chargé d’affaires of the United States Mission to ASEAN, Ambassador Daniel Shields, attended the 4th Annual ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Youth Debate awards ceremony at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. A distinguished panel of judges selected the five top youth debaters out of forty ...
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Opening Remarks by Deputy Bocklage at the Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Pre-Departure Workshop

JAKARTA – ASEAN Secretariat August 29, 2017 — Thank you DSG Vongthep for welcoming us to the ASEAN Secretariat and for providing the space for this workshop. Good morning everyone; and to our Fulbright scholars and alumni from outside Jakarta – welcome to Jakarta! 2017 is a special year because not only does it mark ...
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Press Release: U.S. Mission to ASEAN Kicks Off First YSEALI USASEAN TechCamp in Jakarta

U.S. Mission to ASEAN Kicks Off First YSEALI USASEAN TechCamp in Jakarta Jakarta, August 23, 2017 – 37 young emerging leaders from 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei – convened at Jakarta’s Hotel Borobudur today to participate in ...
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Remarks on ASEAN Day 2017 by Sec. Tillerson

ASEAN Day 2017 Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 7, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we offer congratulations to the peoples and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as the ASEAN Secretariat, on the organization’s 50th anniversary ...
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Secretary Tillerson Press Availability in Manila, Philippines

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Sofitel Hotel Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. Good morning, all. How’s everybody’s jet lag? Well, I thought I’d take a few minutes out of the series of events and give you a little bit of an oversight of what has already occurred and kind of ...
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Deadline extended: ASEAN Youth Video Contest Invites Young Filmmakers to Commemorate 50 Years of ASEAN

Deadline is extended to July 8, 2017! The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual ASEAN Youth Video contest focused on the theme of “What does 50 Years of ASEAN Mean to Youth?” This contest is supported by the U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: YSEALI TechCamp

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 23, 4pm Jakarta time The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN (USASEAN) announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to implement a two-day “TechCamp” workshop during the week of August 21st in Jakarta, Indonesia, and to support follow-on activities after the workshop. The workshop will bring together 40 ...
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Program Highlight ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellowship Close-Out Event

ASEAN-U.S Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows and their supervisors from eight Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened at the ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta today to celebrate the successes from their Fellowship over the last year. Under the third annual cohort of the S&T Fellowship, these early-career scientists were selected through ...
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CDA Shields Keynote Remarks at the Official Close of ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship

Charge d’affaires Shields Keynote Remarks at the Official Close of the 2016/17 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship Program ASEAN Foundation, Jakarta Wednesday, May 31, 2016 Good Morning. Mr. Tran Dong Phuong, Director for Sectoral Development, ASEAN Economic Community Department, Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation, Mr. Andika Fajar, Head of Research and Data, Ministry of ...
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United States – ASEAN: 40th Anniversary Facts

  United States –ASEAN: 40 Years of Partnership For the last 40 years, the United States has partnered with ASEAN and its member states on economic engagement, security, rule of law, sustainable development, human rights, and people-to-people programming. The U.S. congratulates ASEAN on its 50th anniversary and is honored to celebrate 40 years as a ...
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Readout: Secretary Tillerson Meets with the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

READOUT May 4, 2017 Secretary Tillerson Meets with the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary of State Tillerson hosted the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a special U.S.-ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting, reinforcing the Strategic Partnership between ...
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Call for Application: 2017 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

Rapid urbanization is a trend facing many metropolises across the world, but is particularly affecting the ASEAN region, with nearly half of its population living in urban centers. ASEAN comprises some of the largest and fastest growing cities of the world. By 2050 it is projected that the most rural ASEAN country, Cambodia, will have ...
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Press Release: Launch of ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

JAKARTA, May 3, 2017- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science company, launched today the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The 2017 prize will award a talented, early career woman from the ASEAN region working ...
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5th Green Economy Green Growth Forum for Greening of Cities and Universities in Myanmar

The 5th Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) Forum for Greening of Cities and Universities was organized by Union Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) and GEGG (not for profit) Association on 6th December 2016 in Yangon. The forum was attended by H.E Chief Minister of Yangon Region, Deputy Chief of Mission from US ...
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Mapping Global Scientific Network: Setting Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Priorities for Global Engagement

Overview Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), which functions as the national STI Think Tank under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was formed to promote STI agenda through various platforms and engagement with media, industry and societies. In 2015, ASM published its first Malaysia’s Science Outlook. The outlook, which serves as an official advisory ...
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Mapping Global Scientific Network: Setting Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Priorities for Global Engagement

Overview Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), which functions as the national STI Think Tank under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was formed to promote STI agenda through various platforms and engagement with media, industry and societies. In 2015, ASM published its first Malaysia’s Science Outlook. The outlook, which serves as an official advisory ...
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Science, Technology and Innovation Policies – A Progress from Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia region and the world’s 10th largest economy in term of purchasing power. In term of population, Indonesia has a huge number of populations, which is about 250 million people in 2016. This makes Indonesia as the world’s fourth most populous nation. In 2030, Indonesia is predicted to ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): YSEALI Economic Engagement in ASEAN Regional Workshop

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a six-day workshop (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in Hanoi on Economic Engagement in ASEAN for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), pending the availability of funds. Read more about the opportunity  [PDF 275KB]
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YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant Recipients Announcement

YSEALI has announced the awarding of 20 grants to teams of promising young leaders in all 10 ASEAN member states to implement projects across the themes of civic engagement, economic development, education, and environmental protection as part of its 2017 Seeds for the Future Grants Competition. The 2017 grantees, each receiving grants ranging from $8,300 ...
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YSEALI Urban Planning and Smart Growth Workshop

Application is now open for the YSEALI Urban Planning and Smart Growth Workshop! The workshop will take place in Singapore, 16-21 May 2017, for 60 YSEALI members aged 20-35. Do you have what it takes to participate in this workshop? Learn more about the qualifications and how to apply for the workshop here. Application closes on ...
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Perspective Workshop to Foster for University, Research Institute and Industry (URI) Collaboration in Myanmar

I recently organized a one day workshop hosted by Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) under Ministry of Education (MOE), Yangon on 20th October, 2016. The purpose of the event is to setup a guideline for University, Research Institute and Industry (URI) collaboration practice in Myanmar. The guideline is expected to assist companies when they ...
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New journey of climate change mitigation policy in Vietnam: story from Livestock sector

The commitment of Vietnam Government to the Paris Agreement CoP 15 opens an opportunity for Green Growth Economy/Development in the country with the Decision 1775/QD-TTg dated on November 21, 2012 on Approval of Project of Green House Gas Emission Management, Management of Carbon Credit Business Activities to the World Market . However Green Growth Economy/Development ...
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Statement by Amb. Nina Hachigian at the Bali Democracy Forum IX

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian at the Bali Democracy Forum IX Thursday, December 8, 2016 Bali, Indonesia Mr. Vice Minister, esteemed delegates, let me begin by offering my thanks to Indonesia. Sincerest thanks to the Minister for this opportunity and please accept our deepest condolences for the losses in Aceh. The United ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Talk on the Digital Economy in ASEAN

Sari Pan Pacific Hotel December 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. His Excellency Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Informatics, MASTEL Chair Kristiono, USABC President Alex Feldman, Mr. Jeff Pirie IC Leader from Deloitte, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good afternoon! It is a true pleasure and honor to be here this afternoon with all of you to speak at ...
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Renewable Energy in Vietnam: Current plans and Policy Recommendations

Forewords Despite the commitment of the Vietnamese Government in climate change mitigation policies, fossil fuel-based technologies heavily dominate the internal energy market and major investments are still made in new thermal coal power plants during the last two decades. In these conditions, ambitious CO2 reduction objectives of the country at the COP 21 will be ...
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“Science beyond scientist” – A Malaysia case study

Scenario Science beyond scientist is a philosophy that intended to help Malaysia building a civilized society that live science in their life. In order to be a science nation, inculcating the culture of science, technology and innovation (STI) at all levels is critical. STI should be a part of everything that we do in life. ...
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Did you miss President Obama’s Town Hall at the 2015 YSEALI Summit?  No problem, watch the event on replay ! Remarks begin at 38:18. Also, check out pictures of the event courtesy of U.S. Embassy Malaysia. The YSEALI Summit is one of our largest events yet – providing an opportunity for 500 young leaders from all 10 ASEAN countries to network, learn about regional challenges, and do ...
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Sustainable Oil Palm Industry based on Social Enterprises for the Humanness of ASEAN

The highly industrialized 21st century has transformed this world tremendously in every aspect. The shift from agricultural to industrial economy has changed the ways people use and interact with the environment to meet their needs. The complication escalates when the fossil fuel reserve, as the main energy and material source for the economic growth, has ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Environment Dialogue on IUU in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

His Excellency, Nogeh anak Gumbek, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia Distinguished guests and experts from ASEAN Member States and the United States, First I would like to say thank you to all delegates and speakers here today for your dedication to sustaining Southeast Asia’s valuable oceans and fisheries resources and for traveling ...
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Assistant Secretary Charles H. Rivkin Remarks on ASEAN Economic Community at Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club

I want to thank the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club for hosting this luncheon and President Joe Cochrane for his leadership at JFCC and introducing me here today. We all appreciate his authoritative work for the International New York Times. This is an excellent venue, and you are the perfect audience, for me to speak about the United States ...
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Opportunities and challenges of transboundary protected area in South East Asia: Case study of Heart of Borneo

  “With one conservation vision and with a view to promote people’s welfare, we will cooperate in ensuring the effective management of forest resources and conservation of a network of protected areas, productive forests, and other sustainable land uses within an area which the three respective countries will designate as the “Heart of Borneo (HoB)” (HoB ...
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Women Empowerment and Fishery Community: Case from Fishery Community in Coastal Zone Cambodia

In 2013, 51.5 per cent of the Cambodia population is women which cover 60.9 per cent of labor force in Cambodia (Ministry of Women Affaire [MOWA], 2014). They have play important roles in taking care of their family, income generation and strongly contribute to the national economic growth. The women have to be involved with ...
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Now Accepting Applications for YSEALI Professional Fellows

Applications accepted Oct 1 – Dec 1, 2015. Over the course of a year, 250 YSEALI Professionals will have five-week placements in U.S. non-profit organizations and state and local government offices.   YSEALI Professional Fellows will work in the field of: Civic engagement NGO management Economic empowerment Governance Legislative process Environmental and natural resources management Learn ...
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Solar Thermal Policy in Malaysia: Potential, Barriers and Action Plans for the Industry

In Malaysia, statistics show that 57.65% of electricity in 2011 was generated from gas, 33.3% from coal, 8.8% from hydro and 0.3% from distillate [1]. The over-dependency on a certain fuel types is not a viable long-term option. This has led Malaysia to diversify its current generation mix with various fuel types for a more ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Keynote Address at the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership Inception Workshop

Bangkok, Thailand Thank you to Secretary General of SEAFDEC, Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri, and Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, Dr. Waraporn Prompoj, for your welcome remarks and for hosting this important workshop. Thank you to distinguished SEAFDEC Member Country Delegates for your dedication to sustaining Southeast Asia’s valuable oceans and fisheries resources and ...
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YSEALI Summit

The YSEALI Summit will be one of our largest events yet – providing an opportunity for 500 young leaders from all 10 ASEAN countries to network, learn about regional challenges, and do hands-on work to come up with solutions. The Summit, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nov. 19-23, will bring together alumni from previous ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at the 4th Maritime Institute of Malaysia South China Sea Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Connectivity of Common Rules in the South China Sea Thank you to MIMA and its Director General First Admiral Dato Chin Yoon Chin for inviting me today, and to Vice Admiral Dato’ Kamarulzaman for moderating this panel. The Importance of Norms, Rules and Standards Today I’m going to talk about maritime ...
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Science and Technology Parks, Which Model Should We Adopt?

Right after the ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellowship started in May 2015, the government of Indonesia launched the development of 100 Science and Techno Parks (STPs) to supporting the new government’s nine-priority agenda called Nawacita. The science and technology parks are hoped to create and boost sustainable economic growth through the implementation of technology. The technology ...
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Launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars

ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta Thank you Your Excellency Deputy Secretary General Hirubalan and the hardworking ASEAN Secretariat staff for co-hosting the launch of the third class of Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars. It is my great pleasure to be here with you this morning. My deep congratulations and a warm welcome to our 2015-2016 scholars. You have ...
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ASEAN, U.S. Launch 3rd Batch of Fulbright Visiting Scholars

JAKARTA – ASEAN and the United States announced today ten new Visiting Scholars selected through the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative.  The Visiting Scholars, representing all ten ASEAN Members States, will join a distinguished group of Fulbright alumni and conduct research in the United States for up to four months on a range of topics, including entomology, ...
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ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program

Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented through a partnership between the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) closed a month of activities to develop skills as eco-leaders and volunteers in Phnom Penh on Friday, August ...
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YSEALI Seeds for the Future Winners Announced

We’re excited to announce the 2015 winners of the Seeds for the Future competition! Congratulations to the grantees, from all 10 YSEALI countries: The Dorsal Effect ASEAN Youth Jobs Portal Young Eco Ambassadors Young, Wild & Living Green SEED – Social work for LGBT in VN ASEAN Peace Project Chili Padi Academy Food Rescue ASEAN ...
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Multidimensional Challenges of Water Governance in Vietnam

Water is essential for life, yet the world is facing water crisis. It has been commonly attributed to the natural limitations of freshwater availability, inadequate financing and appropriate technologies. Nevertheless, profound failures in water governance have been recently identified as important factors causing water crisis in both developing and developed countries [1,2]. Vietnam has been ...
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U.S. Engagement in the 2015 ASEAN Regional Forum

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC On August 6 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), an annual gathering of foreign ministers and senior officials representing 26 countries from Pakistan to the Pacific Rim and the European Union. ...
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Finalists from the 2015 ASEAN Youth Video Contest

The finalists from the 2015 ASEAN Youth Video Contest share their perspectives on what the ASEAN Community means to youth and were selected to join a video production workshop in Singapore last month on the basis of draft storyboards they submitted for the initial round of the contest.  During the training, they learned production techniques ...
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Myanmar’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2015-2020

The Myanmar’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) was first drafted in 2011 to provide a national strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of nature. The NBSAP is now being updated with new information and including national counterparts to the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets. These targets designed to mainstream biodiversity and sustainable use ...
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Spotlight: Academic Fellows

Mr. Chee Ying Tong (Jeffrey) Environmental Studies Yale-NUS, Singapore Mr. Chee Ying Tong felt inspired by the novel way the Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based accelerator for renewable energy start-ups, brings together a network of young entrepreneurs to work together on energy solutions to meet Hawaii’s recently passed law for “100% renewable energy by 2045”. This ambitious ...
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Spotlight: Professional Fellows

Mr. Aria Widyanto Indonesia, HYVE Innovation Aria Widyanto is a partner for HYVE Innovation and is a business consultant in Indonesia. His business motto is “Let’s Innovate, Indonesia!” His YSEALI Professional Fellows placement is in Iowa City, Iowa with the Office of the City Manager. What has it been like being placed in the City ...
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Keynote Speech at Regional Conference on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to Combat Human Trafficking Gala Dinner

Bangkok, Thailand Thank you for that kind introduction. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to be in a room full of people committed to combating trafficking in persons.  The United States Government and I, personally, care deeply about this issue. Let me first thank Microsoft and Ms. Tony Town-Whitley for hosting ...
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When Plastic Outnumbers Plankton: Insights into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

“As I gazed from the deck at the surface of what ought to have been a pristine ocean, I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic.” –          Capt. Charles Moore, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch   Moving along with the ocean currents are hundreds of pieces ...
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White House on Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative As part of the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) , President Obama will host a meeting today with 75 emerging leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries at the conclusion of their U.S. Government-sponsored Fellowships. The President will engage ...
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GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative Launch

Dato’ Hafsah, Thank you for all your hard work in uplifting women. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my true pleasure to be with you today to launch the GREAT Women in ASEAN initiative.  When I first heard that there was a brand called “Great Women,” I didn’t realize it was an acronym.  But now I ...
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Women Entrepreneurs Strengthen Market through ‘GREAT Women in ASEAN’ Brand

KUALA LUMPUR – Women entrepreneurs from around the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region this week launched the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of women (GREAT Women) in ASEAN initiative to promote their products for greater sales and business growth that can employ more workers and improve livelihoods. “The support, links and collaboration in ...
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Go With The Flow: Can ASEAN Balance Development & Water Usage?

Despite being “the blue planet”, our relationship with water is becoming increasingly tumultuous. Urbanization, pollution, and farming have changed how water flows through Southeast Asia and potentially limited our access to this critical resource. The Mekong River Delta is just one example of this imminent crisis. Since the 1980s, approximately 1 million wells have been ...
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U.S. Mission to ASEAN Host Young Women’s Leadership Forum

Jakarta – The United States Mission to ASEAN hosted the YSEALI Generation:  Women’s Leadership workshop from May 17 – 20 to cultivate young professional women interested in advancing to leadership positions. Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. ...
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Shared Maritime Domain Awareness Workshop

APCSS, Hawaii Ambassador Hachigian – Good morning everyone, and Aloha.  It is my great pleasure to join you all today.  I wish I could stay with you and participate in this great workshop over the next four days. I would like to thank Admiral Locklear for inviting me, and, more importantly, for hosting this opportunity ...
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USAID and NI Collaborate to Enable Youth in Lower Mekong with Industry-Ready Engineering Skills and Tools

JAKARTA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new partnership with U.S.-based corporation, National Instruments (NI), to provide hands-on training to aspiring young scientists and engineers in the Lower Mekong sub-region and to empower them with technical skills to help grow the region’s workforce. “The United States is committed to developing ...
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Launch of the Second Year of the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program

Mr. Larry Maramis, Director of the Cross-Sectoral Cooperation Directorate, Representatives from the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology, the ASEAN Centre for Energy, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, and the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows, both our first year trailblazers, and our new Fellows, AAAS Representatives, supervisors, ladies and ...
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Going Beyond the Lab: ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship Integrates Scientists into Policymaking

JAKARTA  –  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee on Science and Technology and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN today announced a second group of fellowships to ASEAN scientists to further drive policy debates and data-based decision making to address some of the region’s most challenging development issues. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Development without Destruction: ASEAN’s need for sustainable development

The ASEAN community is promoting new connections of every kind across Southeast Asia. New roads, bridges, trains, and more will physically unite ASEAN Member States and distant communities within each nation. New mutual recognition agreements will encourage professionals to move and explore and form new connections with international communities and companies. Increased urbanization is aggregating ...
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U.S. Assists Trafficking Victims Stranded in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia – The U.S. Government plans to contribute approximately $225,000 in emergency victim assistance funds to help support the efforts by the Government of Indonesia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to rescue hundreds of Burmese, Cambodian, Lao, and Thai fishermen who are victims of forced labor and stranded in Eastern Indonesia.  This is in ...
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ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2015

Section 1. Background and Introduction The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce a video contest entitled “What does the ASEAN Community Mean to Youth?” This contest is supported by the U.S. Government through the U.S Mission to ASEAN and the ASEAN Foundation. We are seeking your creative and inspiring story ...
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ASEAN Apparel, Footwear Entrepreneurs Eye Global Supply Chain

HO CHI MINH CITY – Experts from multi-national companies in Ho Chi Minh City today met 65 entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam to discuss ways these businesses can better integrate into the global supply chain and be more competitive, especially in the garment and footwear sectors. ...
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Biodiversity: An Overlooked, But Critical Aspect in the South China Sea Disputes

Rising tensions in the South China Sea and repeated territorial disputes between China and several ASEAN Member States have brought the region to the forefront of the media. Moving forward, the geopolitical importance of this region will continue to be essential to peace and prosperity in the region, but the immense biodiversity that exists in ...
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ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Promote Regional Marketing Platform and Brand for Inclusive Economic Growth

BANGKOK – More than 40 women entrepreneurs from an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok yesterday announced a regional product brand and marketing platform called the GREAT Women (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women) – ASEAN Collection. From its base in the Philippines, this innovative approach and brand is being ...
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Helping Women and Girls Learn

Young Southeast Asian leaders, such as Mara Duterte (left), are helping to improve the lives of girls in their countries. Duterte is a manager for Girls Got Game , a sports camp for girls who face tough economic conditions in the Philippines. The nonprofit organization is managed by former athletes who use basketball and soccer to build confidence ...
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Spotlight: Hendy Sentiono

Hendy Setiono, 31 Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Informatics Academy President, Baba Rafi Like most teenagers, Hendy Setiono wanted to earn money in his spare time. But unlike many, he strategically looked for ways to turn his hobbies into profitable ventures. In secondary school, he and his friends loved riding motorbikes, so he started ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s introductory remarks for APCAC Business Summit Panel: The ASEAN Economic Community and Beyond

Thank you very much to AmCham Singapore for inviting me to participate in this discussion with my illustrious co-panelists. Parag and I crossed paths when we were on our first book tours a while ago.  I haven’t met Atilla before but I’ve flown on Air Asia, so that makes us old pals, and am so ...
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Spotlight: Rithy Thul

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Rithy Thul, 28 Cambodia Founder, SmallWorld Rithy Thul has always been curious and motivated to make things ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at the 10th Meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Child

Your Excellency, Datin Paduka Hajah Intan, Chair and Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children; Excellencies, Representatives to the ACWC; Mrs Rodora Babaran ASEAN Director of Socio-Cultural Cooperation, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my great pleasure to join you today to discuss ...
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Brunei Darussalam National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I wish to send my congratulations to the people of Brunei Darussalam as you celebrate your 31st National Day on February 23rd. I have enjoyed my visits to your country, and we work together ...
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Biodiversity Conservation in the Development of Hydro-Power Projects in Myanmar (Case Study of Upper Paunglaung Hydro-Power Project)

Myanmar has a large potential for the development of hydro-power and, on the other hand, the country faces a chronic shortage in its electricity supply. Hydro-power is a clean and renewable source of energy, and it can be developed on a large enough scale to supply the electricity demand of the whole nation. One of ...
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Spotlight: Muhamad Abas

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Muhamad Abas, 21 Indonesia Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Student Muhamad Abas is grateful for the investment his family ...
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FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS DANIEL R. RUSSEL

TOPIC:  U.S. POLICY PRIORITIES FOR THE EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC REGION IN 2015 WASHINGTON FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. ASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL:  Thank you very much.  Hello, everybody.  Happy 2015.  I’m glad to be here.  2014 was a great year.  We had two visits to the Asia Pacific region by President Obama.  We had five visits ...
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Advancing a New Trans-border Disaster Information System for ASEAN Region with Geospatial Technology

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held a series of workshops to discuss and advance the needs to strengthen ASEAN’s collective/integrated disaster responses, as well as the concept of expected disaster risk management (DRM) system in ASEAN region. Two of the workshops were held in Jakarta, September 2014 and in Tokyo, December ...
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Spotlight: Illyasak Hazan

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Illyasak Hazan, 22 Cambodia Royal University of Agriculture Researcher, Society for Community Development in Cambodia Illyasak Hazan, ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Remarks at Inaugural Session South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Policy Level Officers Study Visit to AHA Ce

Good morning everyone. It is my great pleasure to join you all today. I would like to thank His Excellency Mr. Arjun Thapa, the Secretary General of SAARC; Her Excellency Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN; and Mr. Said Faisal, the Executive Director of the AHA Centre, for hosting this opportunity to ...
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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Visits the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management

Jakarta – Ambassador Nina Hachigian gave her remarks at the inaugural session of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) policy level officers study visit to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). Ambassador Hachigian highlighted U.S. humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities in South and Southeast Asia, underscoring ...
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Deadline EXTENDED: Second ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellows Program

The period to submit applications for the ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows Program has been EXTENDED to Friday, January 30, 2015. If you are a scientist in an ASEAN country interested in a unique opportunity to work at the crossroads of science and policy, it’s not too late! Find out more about the ASEAN-U.S. S&T Fellows ...
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Myanmar’s Independence Day

John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Myanmar as you celebrate the 67th anniversary of your nation’s independence. This day is an appropriate moment to reiterate America’s commitment to supporting your country as you continue ...
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Early Warning and Disaster Response in Practice at Provincial Levels in Vietnam

Two documents under the new Law on Natural Disaster prevention and Control were issued by Prime Minister in August 2014, including Decision N044 on “Provisions on disaster risk level” and Decision N046 on “Regulation on disaster forecasting, warning and dissemination” to strengthen the legal framework for early warning of disasters in Vietnam. To understand better ...
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Secretary Kerry on 10th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Tsunami

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago. The images were gut-wrenching: entire towns razed from Indonesia to Somalia; raging waters sweeping ...
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Promotion of Energy Science Education for Sustainable Development in Myanmar

Energy is an essential input to all aspects of our lives. In Myanmar, less than thirty percent of its population has access to electricity. As a result, many people still rely on firewood for their daily energy needs. Despite a wealth of energy resources, rural electrification rate in Myanmar remains lowest in Asia. This reflects ...
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Second ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellows Program’s Application is Open

The ASEAN region boasts strong skills and potential in science and technology and seeks to leverage this potential to increase regional competitiveness, improve resource management, and enhance the lives of its citizens. Currently, few non-governmental scientists are consulted by ASEAN Member States (AMS) governments on policy decisions, and these scientists generally have a limited understanding ...
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Spotlight: Sokty Chhair

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Sokty Chhair, 34 Cambodia Kobe University, Japan Policy Adviser, Preah Vihear Province Sokty Chhair had always thought ...
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Town Hall Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian @america

Jakarta, Indonesia As prepared for delivery Selamat sore, Good afternoon everyone. Thank you, Ambassador Blake for the kind introduction. I am grateful to be your colleague and honored to work alongside you here in Jakarta. What a pleasure to be at @america with all of you.  I was here yesterday for the first time and ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Engages Young Leaders @america

Jakarta, Indonesia – Ambassador Hachigian’s overview of U.S. engagement with ASEAN stimulated discussion with over 100 young people from Paradamina University, with YSEALI members, and with other exchange program alumni @america in Jakarta Wednesday, December 3.  U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake introduced Ambassador Hachigian, and after Ambassador Hachigian’s remarks, she answered questions and invited ...
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Spotlight: Leong Yu Man

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Leong Yu Man, 29 Malaysia State Assemblywoman, Pahang State Legislative Assembly Leong Yu Man couldn’t believe her ...
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Lao People’s Democratic Republic Day

John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate President Choummaly Sayasone and the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as you celebrate your National Day on December 2. This year marks 64 years of diplomatic relations between the ...
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ASEAN Connectivity for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Microbial and Their Genetic Resources

Thailand and ASEAN represent a huge share of the planet’s biodiversity. Biological resources such as living organisms, cells, and genetic materials play an important role for the development of biotechnology, life science research and development, and human life. With advancements in molecular biology, new discoveries are made daily, allowing us to obtain and modify those ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nina Hachigian at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) for the ASEAN Youth Volunteers Program (AYVP)

Mr. Vice Chancellor, Mr. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr. Under Secretary, AYVP Alumni, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to be here today with all of you to kick off the next phase of U.S.-ASEAN cooperation. Next year, ASEAN will come together even more closely as an economic community. ASEAN unity is good for ASEAN, it ...
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Spotlight: Shernan Gamol

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Shernan Gamol, 26 Philippines Centro Escolar University Councilor, Municipality of Mansalay Shernan Gamol never dreamed he would ...
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Spotlight: Ryan Louie G. Madrid

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Ryan Louie G. Madrid, 24 Philippines Xavier University Volunteer, Xavier Ecoville Resettlement Project and Instructor of Development Communication, Xavier University Ryan ...
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Spotlight: Long Nguyen

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Long Nguyen, 23 Vietnam Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Student Long Nguyen is the top-ranked student ...
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FACT SHEET: The G-20 Brisbane Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The G-20 is the world’s premier forum for economic policy cooperation – where Leaders representing economies generating 85 percent of global GDP assemble around the table to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth and to address urgent global economic challenges. The Brisbane G-20 Summit ...
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FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today in Rangoon, Burma, President Obama announced a significant expansion of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at a town hall with 400 youth from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). YSEALI is the President’s signature initiative to ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Yangon University Rangoon, Burma 3:43 P.M. MMT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! AUDIENCE: Hi! PRESIDENT OBAMA: Myanmar Luu Ngae Myar Min Galarbar! (Applause.) It’s wonderful to be back in Myanmar. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. Oh, we got some signs — “Reform ...
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FACT SHEET: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in Burma

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   Today the United States, together with the Governments of Burma, Japan, and Denmark, and the International Labor Organization (ILO), launched the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar. The Initiative will help modernize Burma’s labor code, improve compliance with international ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Burma

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   U.S. assistance to Burma reflects the U.S. government’s goal of supporting Burma’s democratic and economic transition.  Since 2012, the U.S. government has provided over $225 million in assistance to Burma (FY 2012-2013).  In FY 2014, the United States provided over $150 million in ...
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FACT SHEET: 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   Today, President Obama met with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and foreign ministers and the ASEAN Secretariat’s Secretary-General at the 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. President Obama reaffirmed the importance of U.S.-ASEAN ties as a crucial element of ...
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Spotlight: Ranitya Nurlita

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Ranitya Nurlita, 23 Indonesia Bogor Agricultural University Student Ranitya Nurlita’s philosophy is to “always be a learner,” ...
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Spotlight: Mai Anh Dang

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Mai Anh Dang, 22 Vietnam Foreign Trade University Freelance writer Mai Anh Dang may not be a ...
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Spotlight: Muhammad Hazimi bin Haji Jaidi

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Muhammad Hazimi bin Haji Jaidi, 22 Brunei University of Brunei Darussalam Student “My education has helped me ...
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Spotlight: Viseth Sean

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally. Viseth Sean, 23 Cambodia Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts Student Viseth Sean thought he was done with ...
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Indigenous People as Important Factor to Implement the Government Policy

Implementing a policy is nothing like the policy making itself. Policy makers need to regulate and verify whether the policy had been implemented properly. In terms of control, Indonesian national policy requires the support of the local government and the community participation. An example was the policy on water resources that has been embodied in Act No. 7 ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release President Obama and President Xi recognize the importance of economic relations at the core of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. The two Presidents commit to deepen bilateral economic ties. To this end, the United States and China commit to pursue policies that promote more open ...
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The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Infrastructure investment is essential for achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth.  Having highly interconnected and dependable transportation networks, a reliable electric grid, and well-run and maintained water infrastructure means we can efficiently move goods to market, improve access to good jobs, and enhance the ...
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Spotlight: Fareeza Ibrahim

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Spotlight: Vu Lan Huong

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Spotlight: Choon Sian Choo

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Regional Conference Promotes Funding Access for Women Entrepreneurs and Better SME Development

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U.S. Business and Government Unite to Support Small Business in Myanmar

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Winner of the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women is Announced

BOGOR, 25 August, 2014.  During an award presentation at ASEAN’s Science & Technology Week, the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced the winner of the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. Dr. Nuttaporn Pimpha of Thailand was awarded the prize for her exemplary work in ...
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Indonesia’s Independence Day

John Kerry Secretary of State   Washington, DC   On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Indonesian people on the 69th anniversary of your independence this August 17. Indonesia’s thriving democracy and dynamic regional and global leadership are critical to the Asia ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

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Press Availability on the Attended Ministerial Meetings

John Kerry Secretary of State Lake Garden Hotel Naypyitaw, Burma SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to thank President Thein Sein for his government’s warm welcome here during the course of this conference, for his leadership as chair of ASEAN, and for serving as the United States-ASEAN country coordinator. Burma has made a significant amount ...
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Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting Statement

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John Kerry Secretary of State  Naypyitaw, Burma As Prepared for Delivery Let me start by thanking the government of Myanmar for hosting all of us, and congratulating them on a very effective chairmanship to date – and thank you for your generous welcome. This meeting comes at a time when the world really could not ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Burma

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   Building on a long legacy of support for the aspirations of the Burmese people, the United States is providing assistance to deepen and accelerate Burma’s political, economic, and social transition; promote and strengthen respect for human rights; deliver the benefits of reform to the country’s people; and support ...
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Media Note: Launch of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Eminent and Expert Persons Group (EEPG)

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Media Note: The Lower Mekong Initiative Sets Course for 2015-2020

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Singapore’s National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Singapore as you celebrate the 49th anniversary of your independence on August 9. The United States values its close relationship with Singapore. We enjoy a warm friendship, strengthened by ...
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ASEAN and America: Partners for the Future

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs  Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Phil. I’m glad to be in San Francisco, and with all of you here at the Commonwealth Club. You’re here today because you understand the importance of Asia to America. This is especially ...
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Executive Summary of State Dept.’s 2013 Religious Freedom Report

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U.S. Organizes Seminar for Myanmar’s Junior Diplomats

NAY PYI TAW – Thirty young diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries completed a five-day seminar July 14-18, 2014 to further refine their understanding of ASEAN and the growing role of the organization in defining issues of concern common to Myanmar and its neighbors. The program, organized by the United States ...
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U.S. Mission to ASEAN Awards Nine Scholars to the U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Program

JAKARTA.  The United States and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) announced today nine new Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars selected through the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  The Visiting Scholars will join a distinguished group of Fulbright alumni known for their contributions to science, economics, education, and maritime security. ...
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Congratulations to Illac Angelo Diaz who was recently accepted into the 2014 TED Fellows Program! Illac is an energy entrepreneur from the Philippines who started Liter of Light , a foundation that brings low-cost, eco-friendly light to communities living without electricity around the world. The technology is simple – sunshine, a plastic bottle, water, and chlorine. Thanks to ...
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YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) announced the first Seeds for the Future grants competition, and the grants application process will open onJuly 15 and run until August 1. Applicants are expected to find team members and develop proposals for submission. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to initiatives addressing the four YSEALI themes ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release The Vice President met today with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House, their third meeting since April 2013. The Vice President and the Prime Minister affirmed the importance of the strategic and economic partnership between the United States and Singapore, ...
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Thailand: A Democracy at Risk

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US-ASEAN Information Tour for Myanmar Journalists

Jakarta, Indonesia – US Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with US Embassy Rangoon, developed a two-day program form journalists from Myanmar to help them better understand ASEAN, U.S. – ASEAN relations, and the issues which underpin a free, open and professional media environment. On the first day, the seven journalists met with US Mission to ...
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YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition

The Department of State requests proposals from non-profit organizations interested in a cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) to manage the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)  Seeds for the Future grants competition.  Approximately $750,000.00 will be awarded for the program. The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program will provide ...
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Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

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World Oceans Day 2014

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Assistant Secretary of State Russel’s Travel to Rangoon, June 7-10

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs  Daniel Russel  will travel to Rangoon, Burma, on June 5 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Senior Officials’ Meetings for the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Lower Mekong Initiative, and the Friends of ...
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Hagel: Meetings in Singapore Will Build on Relationships

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YSEALI Workshop Success Story

School Of Passion (SOP) successfully launched on May 13, 2014 in Burma.  SOP is a great example of how YSEALI Workshops inspire ideas, collaborations and results.  The project, spearheaded by Dato Saifuddin, aims to tackle education related issues in ASEAN countries.  SOP engages with young people in underserved communities and high school students.  By providing ...
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Secretary Kerry Meets With Anti-Poaching and Anti-Wildlife Trafficking International Visitor Leadership Program Participants

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The Medical Devices Regulatory Harmonization – Region-Wide Training

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Today, 103 young Southeast Asian leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 from ten ASEAN member countries attended the opening ceremony of the “YSEALI Generation-Ideas into Action” workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The YSEALI workshop, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by StartupMalaysia.org, is the inaugural training program under President ...
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Workshop on Rural Electrification with Distributed Renewable Energy

Kuala Lumpur – As ASEAN strives towards establishing an ASEAN Community by 2015, it is important to ensure that such development is sustainable through, among other areas, mitigating greenhouse gas emission thus contributing to global climate change abatement. In support of this idea, the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment project also sets its goal ...
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ASEAN and United States Collaborate for Stronger Science-based Policy Making

ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Alicia dela Rosa Bala and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Hefner formally inaugurated the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program today, noting that the program would ensure that ASEAN Member States increasingly utilize science when making difficult policy decisions. The program, managed by the United States Agency for ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry Lao New Year On behalf of President Obama I am delighted to extend my greetings to the people of Laos on the occasion of the Lao New Year. The American people join you in the spirit of hope, celebration, joy, and renewal. May the New Year bring prosperity to Lao people ...
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Secretary Kerry on Khmer New Year

Statement by Secretary Kerry Khmer New Year On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Cambodian people as you celebrate the Khmer New Year starting on April 14. Since my time as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee I have been strongly committed to ...
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Secretary Kerry on Myanmar’s Thingyan

Statement by Secretary Kerry Thingyan Water Festival and New Year On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate and send best wishes to the people of Myanmar on the occasion of Thingyan. The United States is committed to working in partnership to help your country realize ...
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Secretary Hagel Hosts the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum

April 1-3, 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discussed military cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) and other regional security issues with ASEAN Defense Ministers and the ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.  All ten ASEAN Member States participated and noted the important role military assets play in responding to natural ...
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ASEAN and United States Collaborate for Stronger Science-based Policy Making

Jakarta – ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Alicia dela Rosa Bala and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Hefner formally inaugurated the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program today, noting that the program would ensure that ASEAN Member States increasingly utilize science when making difficult policy decisions. The program, managed by the United States ...
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Smart Technology for ASEAN’s Small Business Entrepreneurs

BANDUNG, March 10, 2014 – The development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN is critical for development in the ASEAN region.  SMEs account for 96% of all enterprises and between 50 and 85% of domestic employment in ASEAN.  Moreover, supporting SMEs provides a unique opportunity for the economic empowerment of women and young entrepreneurs. ...
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Hagel Assures Malaysian Counterpart of U.S. Commitment to Search

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 18. Washington — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on March 17 to discuss the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. In a statement summarizing the phone call, assistant Pentagon press secretary Carl Woog said Hagel ...
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SERVIR Mekong Grants Application

The  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce a request for applications for SERVIR Mekong: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251953    The goal of SERVIR Mekong is to enhance climate change adaptation and landscape management in the Lower Mekong through the increased access to and application of geospatial data, earth observations, and predictive models. These tools are ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

The U.S. Department of State in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is excited to join with the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology to strengthen ASEAN science and technical capacity through an ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The 2014 Prize will provide a promising, ASEAN-based, early-career woman scientist whose research focuses on water quality research ...
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Addressing Climate Change: A Top U.S. Priority

March 11, 2014 “The global climate challenge is about opportunity, security, even our very survival in the long term.” – Secretary of State John Kerry Climate change is one of our most urgent, complex, and far-reaching challenges. It also presents opportunities to strengthen U.S. and global security and promote economic growth. Urgent Action Needed Climate ...
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Court Excellence and Judicial Cooperation Forum 2014

With U.S. Government support, Singapore hosts the first Court Excellence and Judicial Cooperation Forum 2014 for judiciaries in the ASEAN region March 5-7. This Forum serves as a platform to promote knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices in the area of judicial administration and delivery of justice among ASEAN judiciaries and courts.  ASEAN Member States ...
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The State Department and USAID Budget

“America is proud to be more engaged than ever, and, I believe, is playing as critical a role, perhaps as critical as ever, in pursuit of peace, prosperity, and stability in various parts of the world.” -Secretary of State John Kerry With just over 1 percent of the federal budget, the State Department and USAID ...
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Launch of US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and US-ASEAN Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to create the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The MOU was signed by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Council President Alexander Feldman, and Procter & Gamble Vice President Carolyn Brehm ...
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U.S. Defense, Commerce Secretaries on the U.S. Commitment to Asia

This opinion editorial by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker was published in the February 19 Wall Street Journal. There are no republication restrictions. America is Committed to Asia By Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel For decades, security and prosperity have flourished throughout the Asia-Pacific region, each reinforcing the ...
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Brunei Darussalam National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State   Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my most heartfelt congratulations to the people of Brunei Darussalam as you celebrate your 30th National Day on February 23. Our formal diplomatic relations began in 1984, but the friendship between our two countries ...
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Executive Order — Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – STREAMLINING THE EXPORT/IMPORT PROCESS FOR AMERICA’S BUSINESSES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to reduce supply chain barriers to commerce while continuing to protect our national security, public health ...
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Remarks Secretary of State John Kerry With Indonesian Foreign Minister Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa

FOREIGN MINISTER NATALEGAWA:  I will speak in Bahasa Indonesia first, and then I will also speak a little bit in English as well. (In Bahasa Indonesia) (Via translation)  This morning, I am very happy to have a visit from our friend, his Excellency U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry.  Secretary Kerry and I have met ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Meets Secretary-General of ASEAN

Underlining the importance of U.S. engagement with ASEAN, U.S. Secretary of State Honourable John Kerry today paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh. Secretary Kerry visited ASEAN Headquarters in Jakarta where he engaged Secretary-General Minh and other senior ASEAN Secretariat officials in discussions on U.S.-ASEAN relations and other regional issues ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The President will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In Japan, the President will meet with ...
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US PACOM Reaffirms Commitment to Deepen Cooperation with ASEAN

The US reaffirmed its commitment to deepen its practical cooperation with ASEAN on areas of mutual interest including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). “The multilateral exercises that we do with ASEAN provide valuable platforms as it brings in other partner countries to operate closely together, hence contributing not only to regional, but global security,” ...
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Maritime Disputes in East Asia

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC Chairman Chabot, Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on these important issues. Before I begin, I would also like to take this ...
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Finalization of the Philippines – Moro Islamic Liberation Front Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro

Press Statement – John Kerry, Secretary of State The United States Government congratulates the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for concluding negotiations toward an historic, comprehensive peace agreement. This agreement offers the promise of peace, security, and economic prosperity now and for future generations in Mindanao. Both sides are moving ...
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Violence in Northern Rakhine State

Press Statement – Washington, DC We note the recent statements of senior UN officials on the recent violence in northern Rakhine state and share their deep concern about the situation there. We are deeply disturbed by reports that at least 40 people have been killed, as well as the disappearance of a police officer, and ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry: Myanmar Independence Day

Washington, DC January 3, 2014 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I’m honored to send best wishes to the people of your country as you celebrate your Independence Day. Few days would be more appropriate to reiterate America’s commitment to supporting your country as you continue down the path ...
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The East Asia-Pacific Rebalance: Expanding U.S. Engagement

“As a Pacific nation that takes our Pacific partnership seriously, the United States will continue to build on our active and enduring presence.”  – Secretary of State John Kerry Recognizing that America’s future prosperity and security are intertwined with the East Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama made a strategic commitment to rebalance our efforts and ...
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ASEAN, United States Launch New Cooperation Programmes

JAKARTA, 6 December 2013 –  ASEAN and U.S. officials met today to launch new cooperation programmes and mark achievements over the course of 36 years of partnership. The event highlighted joint promotion of trade and investment, good governance, combating transnational crimes such as trafficking in persons and wildlife trafficking, and promoting people-to-people ties through youth engagement activities. Deputy ...
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FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Today, via video message broadcast to 150 youth and dignitaries gathered in Manila, Philippines, President Obama announced the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).  Recognizing that over 65 percent of the region’s population is under the age of 35, YSEALI seeks to augment leadership development and networking in ASEAN; deepen engagement with young leaders across ...
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Myanmar Attorney General’s Office officials exchanged views with US Experts on commercial law development

Nay Pyi Taw – Myanmar was host to a US-sponsored two-day workshop on commercial law development. Conducted on November 20-21, the workshop demonstrated how commercial law leads to inclusive and sustained economic growth.   Opening the event, the Attorney General emphasized the importance of commercial law development for Myanmar’s development plans. By the end of the workshop, participants had ...
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USAID’s Mobile Solutions Forum: Facing Complex Challenges Through Innovation

Southeast Asia faces a variety of development challenges: climate change, disaster response, governance, food security, and health are just a few.  That these challenges are interdependent and complex is well-known, but how are they best tackled?  USAID does not believe that they can be confronted using traditional development programming. In this spirit, the U.S. Agency ...
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The Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award: Challenging the Next Generation

Do you have a mobile service or app that is being used to address a development challenge in Asia? Do you want the opportunity to promote your mobile solution to a broader audience of development and technology professionals? If so, apply for the Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award today! The U.S. Agency for International Development ...
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Workshop on Self-Certification of ASEAN Product Origin

Yangon – Around 60 participants attended a two-day workshop in Yangon, Myanmar on November 12 – 13 to better understand ASEAN’s program for self-certification of product origin. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the proposed self-certification scheme and the institutions required to make the system work. The workshop ...
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AHA Center Begins Training with Center for Excellence

Jakarta – Trainers from the PACOM Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA), Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and the Marine Corps University began a five-day training seminar on management planning for the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center). In opening remarks, Ambassador Carden recognized the importance of ...
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Defining Democracy at Paramadina University

Jakarta – Acknowledging that many democracies in the region are “works in progress,” Ambassador Carden and twenty undergraduate international relations students at Paramadina University held a lively discussion on the roles that globalization, human empowerment, education, connectivity, labor, free trade, corruption, tax reform, inequality, and other issues play in the development of democratic systems. The ...
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Ambassador Carden Speaks as a Guest Lecturer in University of Indonesia

Jakarta – An audience of about 25 students and faculty from the University of Indonesia American Studies Graduate Program responded positively to Ambassador Carden’s challenge to consider taking a different approach to tackling the challenges facing Southeast Asia.  Describing U.S. engagement with ASEAN, the Ambassador discussed the important role cooperation amongst all stakeholders will be ...
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USASEAN Announces New ASEAN-U.S. S&T Fellows Program

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN announces the new ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program, which is aimed at strengthening capacity for science-based policy-making in ASEAN.  ASEAN scientists will work directly with policymakers in ASEAN Member State ministries to bring the best available science to inform the policymaking process; liaise between government officials and the ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows Pilot Program

At the May 25 ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST)-U.S. Consultation , the United States and ASEAN Member State partners agreed to move forward in concrete ways to expand our overall science engagement.  To this end, COST endorsed the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program, enabling ASEAN scientists to work directly with policymakers to promote the use of the best science available ...
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State Department on U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Fact Sheet: U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP) Working together in support of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP), the United States, Brunei, and Indonesia have strengthened and expanded energy and environmental cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region over the past year. USACEP, launched by President Obama, ...
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Opening Remarks at U.S. – ASEAN Summit

Secretary of State John Kerry October 9, 2013 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, thank you very much, Your Majesty.  Thank you for a wonderful welcome here and for your generous hospitality.  And to all of the leaders here, we’re very grateful for the opportunity to be able to meet.  We thank the Government ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy led the U.S. delegation to the East Asian Summit (EAS) Energy Ministerial

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman led the U.S. delegation to the East Asian Summit (EAS) Energy Ministerial on September 25-26 in Bali, Indonesia. This is the most senior U.S. delegation ever to attend the EAS Energy Ministerial, reflecting the United States’ continuing commitment to strengthen and expand our cooperation in Asia Pacific. “Southeast ...
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100 ASEAN Youth Celebrate USAID-Funder Volunteer Program with Ambassador

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –Ambassador Carden joined the Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports and the Vice-Chancellor of National University of Malaysia to celebrate the inaugural ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) with 100 volunteers from all 10 Member States.  Grabbing a microphone in a few minutes of down time before the formal program, the Ambassador addressed ...
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Region-wide Workshop Seeks to Increase U.S. – ASEAN Cooperation in Rail Development

Jakarta, Indonesia – The USTDA-sponsored ASEAN Connectivity Through Rail Forum commenced with panels discussing the challenges and opportunities for closer cooperation between the United States and partners in Southeast Asia on accelerating both freight and passenger rail development in the region.  The Forum is the third sector-specific regional workshop presented under the US-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation ...
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Feature on Ambassador in the Straits Times

In this weekend’s Straits Times, a feature article on Ambassador Carden covered the broad U.S. engagement in the region, focusing on the non-traditional security challenges the United States is addressing, including climate change, sustainable urban development, biodiversity conservation, disaster risk management, pandemic preparedness, human and wildlife trafficking, and youth engagement. Read the article here .
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Bloomberg TV Interviews Ambassador Carden

John Dawson interviewed Ambassador Carden on Bloomberg TV’s First Up program (5-minute video linked here:  Bloomberg TV Interview ).  The Ambassador discussed the importance of rules-based systems and high-standards trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for encouraging business investment and economic growth.  He also emphasized the breadth of U.S. engagement in Southeast Asia.
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Ambassador Carden Speaks on U.S.-ASEAN Relations at ISEAS

Singapore – Ambassador Carden delivered the inaugural lecture at The Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) ASEAN Studies Center in Singapore today.  The new lecture series focuses on Dialogue Partner Relations in ASEAN.  Former ASEC Secretary General Rodolfo Severino hosted the event, which included audience members from think tanks, the diplomatic corps, consultancy firms, ...
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Ambassador Carden Delivers Panel Remarks at the ASEAN and Asia Forum

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 ...
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Ambassador Carden Opens the ADMM-Plus CTX Exercise

Sentul, Indonesia: Ambassador Carden joined Indonesia Armed Forces Commander, General Moeldoko, to open the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) Counter-Terrorism Exercise (CTX) today in Sentul, Indonesia.  Indonesia is highlighting the CTX as the world’s biggest counter-terrorism exercise.  Gen Moeldoko said the CTX will develop military capabilities by exchanging best practices and demonstrating tactics, techniques, and ...
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Vietnam’s National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 30, 2013 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Vietnam as you celebrate your National Day on September 2. Vietnam’s journey has long been personal to me. I remember the beauty of a country I first knew ...
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Statement by the President on Syria

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century.  Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people. Our intelligence ...
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Statement on Syria

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. And last night, the President asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress as well, ...
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