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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Press Release: Grand Prize Winner of the YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge

United States and ASEAN Announce Grand Prize Winner of the YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge SIEM REAP, October 31, 2016 – The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) awarded first place of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) World of Food Innovation Challenge to a team of three Indonesian students from Gadjah Mada University. The team’s MINO Microbubble Generator technology increased oxygen in water and ...
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Press Release: United States Announces Winner of 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release SIEM REAP, October 28, 2016 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with UL, a global safety science organization, announced Dr. Worajit Setthapun of Thailand as the winner of the 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. She was honored ...
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Grow Together in ASEAN “U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI”

Jakarta, October 17 – In partnership with Wedu, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN is organizing the U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) in Jakarta from October 17 to 21, 2016. The U.S. ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI is grateful for support by partners AirAsia, GE, IBM, and Visa. ...
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USAID and YSEALI Announce Top Three Youth Teams in Food Innovation Challenge 2016

BANGKOK, October 3, 2016 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) today announced the top three youth teams to present their technology-based solutions at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in late October. The YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge  invited youth in the region to submit their technology solutions to challenges ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Press Statement on ASEAN Day

Secretary of State Washington, D.C., August 5, 2016 Press Statement   As we celebrate the 49th anniversary of ASEAN, we recognize the growing diplomatic, economic, and strategic significance of Southeast Asia. This region is one of the most dynamic parts in the world, and we know global peace and prosperity are closely linked with its ...
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U.S. Secretary Remarks With YSEALI Alumni on Marine Conservation

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Manila, Philippines July 27, 2016 MS OPOSA: According to the Secretary John Kerry, the ocean is sort of in his DNA. He grew up with an affinity for the sea, first as a young boy in Massachusetts fishing and clamming, and then as an officer in the U.S. Navy. ...
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Secretary John Kerry’s Remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State National Convention Center Vientiane, Laos July 25, 2016 Well, good morning and thank you very – good afternoon – thank you very much, Secretary-General Othman. I really appreciate your welcome. I appreciate your comments. And to all of our colleagues, my colleagues here, thank you very, very much for ...
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Press Release: U.S Government Supports ASEAN Resiliency in Dealing with Disasters Through RVA Guidelines

July 19 – 22. Six policy makers and 13 technical participants from ASEAN Member States (AMS) convened in Bangkok to participate in a training workshop on implementing Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA) Guidelines, a powerful tool to enhance ASEAN’s resiliency strategies in dealing with disasters and other extreme events.  The U.S. Government supports the implementation of ...
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Press Release: USAID and YSEALI Promote Youth Innovation to Tackle ASEAN Food Security

For Immediate Release Tuesday, July 5, 2016 SINGAPORE, July 5, 2016 – Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), in partnership with technology giants Cisco and Intel, announced the beginning of the final stage in the student competition to develop innovative technology solutions for the Association ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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United States Ambassador Nina Hachigian Presents Credentials to ASEAN

Jakarta – In a ceremony today at the ASEAN Secretariat, the United States Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Honorable Nina Hachigian, presented her credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh. During the meeting Ambassador Hachigian emphasized the United States’ focus on a strong and integrated ASEAN and noted that she is honored ...
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Regional Conference Promotes Funding Access for Women Entrepreneurs and Better SME Development

HANOI – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kick off a two-day regional conference starting today that addresses issues facing women entrepreneurs focusing on the lack of access to financing, especially those in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Often considered the backbone of ASEAN economies, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) still face challenges in their start-up, ...
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Business Summit Highlights ASEAN-US Economic Ties, Small Business Growth in the Region

NAY PYI TAW – Economic Ministers of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), high-level United States Government representatives, and business leaders from the United States and ASEAN gathered at a one-day ASEAN-US Business Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to discuss regional policies to support small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development. “We are all here today ...
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U.S. Business and Government Unite to Support Small Business in Myanmar

ANGON, August 26, 2014 – More than 200 entrepreneurs gathered in Yangon for an event  U.S. multinationals and the U.S. government to discuss how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can operate their businesses within the global supply chain. The event was part of the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, a collaboration between the U.S. Agency ...
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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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Secretary Kerry to Deliver Asia Policy Address at East-West Center

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release NOTICE TO THE PRESS Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a policy address detailing the U.S. vision for Asia-Pacific engagement at 12:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) / 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday, August 13. Attendance at the ...
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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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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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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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Secretary of State John Kerry To Host the “Our Ocean” Conference

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Secretary of State John Kerry will host the “Our Ocean” Conference at the U.S. Department of State on June 16 and 17. The conference will bring together 350-400 participants from more than 80 nations, including government officials, scientists, and leading international institutions to review the state of the science ...
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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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Secretary Kerry Meets With Anti-Poaching and Anti-Wildlife Trafficking International Visitor Leadership Program Participants

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Demonstrating his ongoing commitment to combat wildlife trafficking, Secretary Kerry met today with conservationists and law enforcement officials from 12 African nations visiting the United States as part of the Wildlife Conservation: Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Program participants also took part in a ...
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United States Opens Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Workshop: “YSEALI Generation – Ideas into Action”

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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Secretary Kerry on Thai New Year

Statement by Secretary Kerry Thai New Year On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is my great pleasure to extend New Year’s greetings to the people of Thailand. I hope this Songkran provides all Thais an occasion to spend an enjoyable time with family and friends and to look forward to good ...
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Secretary Kerry on Lao New Year

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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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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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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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April

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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

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ASEAN, United States Launch New Cooperation Programmes

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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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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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Ambassador Carden Opens the Climate Leadership Academy

Today, Ambassador Carden delivered opening remarks at the ASEAN-U.S. CityLinks Climate Leadership Academy (CLA). His speech was enthusiastically received, helping set the stage for the unique training and peer-learning opportunity to inform climate adaptation and urban resilience efforts in ASEAN.  The Ambassador discussed lessons learned from city planning efforts in the U.S. and Southeast Asia ...
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ASEAN builds Capacity in Strategic Trade Management

Bandung, Indonesia – Over the last two weeks, Customs and other government officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in two week-long training courses focused on building the capacity of ASEAN Member States (AMS) in strategic trade management (STM). Each week-long event provided the opportunity for government officials from a range of ...
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U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden to Host Twitter Q&A “USASEAN Twitter Town Hall”

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ASEAN-NDI: Fostering a Regional Approach to Health R&D Innovation

In the majority of ASEAN Member States, tropical infectious diseases continue to be major problems, and it is generally agreed that more research and development are needed. The latest InnovASEAN discusses the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) which is helping scientists, R&D experts, and government administrators across the region ...
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Standards for Safer, Healthier ASEAN communities

Standards  make people’s lives better. Common standards in ASEAN will improve technology transfer, collaboration, and mutual trust among ASEAN countries. In the latest InnovASEAN, guest blogger Framelia Vierner Anonas discusses the Philippines-led project to establish scientific standards to facilitate the integration of products such as cosmetics, electronics, prepared foodstuffs, medical devices, traditional medicine and health supplements into ...
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ASEAN, Navy Leaders meet onboard USS Blue Ridge

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Science and Stewardship: Coral Triangle Countries Launch Cutting Edge Climate Change Adaptation Guidebook

In an area spanning 6 million square kilometers and including six different countries, the Coral Triangle is home to the most diverse coral and fish species on earth. It is also home to 363 million people much of whom depend directly on local marine and coastal resources for their income and livelihoods. Unfortunately, 90% of ...
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ASEAN and U.S. Conclude Successful 3rd Consultation on Science and Technology

The United States, led by Dr. Montira Pongsiri, Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) concluded a robust consultation in Tagaytay City, Philippines.  The meeting covered a wide-ranging set of activities designed to strengthen science capacity in ASEAN through fostering of people to people exchanges both ...
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Development in ASEAN Community

In the midst of increasing ASEAN economic integration, Member States have started looking for a tool to ensure sustainable development and add value to a policy-making process. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is one of these tools. In the latest InnovASEAN , guest blogger Dr. Nusaraporn Kessomboon of Khon Kaen University talks about HIA in ASEAN countries ...
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Promoting Vehicle Fuel Efficiency in ASEAN

Jakarta, Indonesia. With ASEAN’s oil use for road transport forecast to grow rapidly in future years, potentially bringing serious economic, environmental and energy security consequences for Member States, ASEAN and the United States are expanding their energy cooperation to promote vehicle fuel efficiency in the region. The U.S.-ASEAN Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, brought together fifty ...
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U.S. Mission to ASEAN Announces First Recipients of U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Program

JAKARTA.  U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David L. Carden announced today the first seven 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 government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, and education. “Congratulations to the first ...
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Myanmar Prepares for its Turn to Lead ASEAN Towards Integration

Nay Pyi Taw – As Myanmar continues preparations to assume the role of chair of ASEAN for the first time in 2014, a U.S.-supported event brought Government officials together with senior officials from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Indonesia, and officials from the ASEAN Secretariat, to present Myanmar with an opportunity to learn from the successes ...
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Myanmar Preparing for Leadership of the ASEAN Economic Community with U.S. Support

Nay Pyi Taw:  Myanmar’s leadership as ASEAN chair in 2014 will be critical to the success of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. This key message emerged from the U.S.-supported workshop, which brought together around 70 participants from the Government and the private sector to discuss the Chairmanship of the ASEAN Economic Ministers next ...
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U.S. Mission to ASEAN Launches InnovASEAN

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN today launched  InnovASEAN , an online blog about the application of science, technology, and innovation to the development of ASEAN Community.  The blog will be maintained and moderated by U.S. Mission to ASEAN Science Advisor Dr. Montira Pongsiri, an environmental scientist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The challenges facing the ...
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U.S. Supports Capacity Building on Modern Risk Management for Customs Officials across ASEAN

Customs Officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in Kuala Lumpur last week to participate in a workshop on modern risk management practices, methodology and analytical tools. This workshop is part of a broader effort to promote secure trade and build the capacity of ASEAN Member States to integrate security processes and ...
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U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden to Host Youth-Focused Twitter Q&A

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden announces his second Twitter Q&A session, this one focused on ASEAN’s 250 million young people.  Join him on Tuesday, February 12 as he hosts“Great Expectations: The Youth of ASEAN” and answers questions on a wide variety of youth-related topics, submitted from across the ASEAN region. The event will be held ...
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U.S. Supported System Brings a New Era in ASEAN Disaster Management and Response

Chiang Mai, Thailand:  A team of U.S.-supported international specialists has recently completed an eight month installation of a new state-of-the-art disaster monitoring and response system for ASEAN at the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).  The installation was supported by the U.S. Government-funded ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance and Training Facility. ...
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60,000 Fans Join International and Local Artists at Historical Concert Event to Fight Human Trafficking

American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz took center stage performing to over 60,000 fervent fans at the MTV EXIT “Live in Myanmar” concert yesterday evening at Yangon People’s Square, where the magnificent 2600 year-old, golden Shwedagon Pagoda brilliantly shined in the background. This ground-breaking event was made possible by the on-going support of MTV EXIT from the ...
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U.S. Mission to ASEAN Announces “Twitter Q&A with U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden”

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN is pleased to announce its very first  Twitter Q&A with U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden , taking place on Thursday, October 11, at 14:00 (Jakarta time).  During the 45-minute event, Amb. Carden will answer questions submitted from throughout the ASEAN region on any topic related to ASEAN, the United States, or U.S. Policy in Southeast Asia.  This is a ...
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MTV EXIT Concert in Bandung a Huge Success

Over 25,000 fans attended the MTV EXIT “Live in Bandung” concert on Saturday, further increasing awareness about the tragedy of human trafficking in Indonesia.  The concert featured Australian headliner Expatriate, together with a massive line-up of leading Indonesian artists included The Changcuters, D’Masiv, Pas Band, Bondan Prakoso and Fade2Black, Kikan, Winner, Rosemary, Speaker First, Glory ...
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United States and ASEAN Push Innovation at Business Summit

Over 150 business representatives from the United States and the ASEAN region came together yesterday in direct dialogue with ASEAN Economic Ministers and the U.S. Trade Representative to share their recommendation for promoting economic growth and innovation. The first ever ASEAN-U.S. Business Summit was held on the sidelines of the annual meeting of ASEAN’s top ...
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United States and ASEAN Support Return of MTV Exit to Indonesia

MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) today announced the return of the MTV EXIT campaign to Indonesia with a nation-wide initiative to combat human trafficking, a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. There will be a series of awareness raising live events, TV programming and youth engagement activities. The flagship event will be a ...
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United States Participates in 1st East Asia Summit (EAS) Education Ministerial Meeting

A United States delegation led by Deputy Secretary of Education Anthony (Tony) Miller and Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden attended today’s First EAS Education Ministerial Meeting (EMM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  The EMM convened its first formal meeting to follow up on EAS leaders’ mandate last November to ensure education is given a prominent place on ...
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U.S. Supports Strengthening High-Level Legal Networks in ASEAN

Phnom Penh — Over 70 judges and justice ministry officials from throughout ASEAN gathered at a U.S.-supported ASEAN legal and judicial cooperation workshop in Cambodia this week for an unprecedented exchange of ideas on the Rule of Law in the ASEAN region. Representatives from the ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM), ASEAN Member State judicial ...
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Promoting Emergency Preparedness Cooperation with ASEAN

Over the past two days, USTDA convened over 140 senior officials and experts from across Southeast Asia and the United States to address critical topics in disaster preparedness and response in the U.S.-ASEAN Emergency Preparedness Workshop.  The Workshop is the inaugural activity of the U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative, which USTDA launched during President Obama’s participation ...
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U.S. Government Supports Improving Appliance Safety in ASEAN

Fifty ASEAN electrical safety regulators and private sector representatives came together in Cambodia this week in an effort to boost safety standards for electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing in ASEAN. The U.S. Government supported Applied Safety Science and Engineering Techniques(ASSET™) workshop for electrical and electronic equipment focused on the adoption of a safety management process ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Rural Connectivity for Education Grant Program Recipients Announced

ASEAN today announced the two recipients of its ASEAN Rural Connectivity for Education and Development Grant Program; the first ever grant program to be undertaken jointly between ASEAN and the United States.  The program was designed to address some of the gaps identified at last year’sASEAN Conference on Rural Connectivity for Education and Development, such ...
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MTV EXIT and ASEAN Return to Vietnam to Fight Human Trafficking

MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and ASEAN continue their successful partnership to raise awareness and combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia, this month presenting the MTV EXIT  Free Live Concert at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on 26 May, featuring as headline act the multi-platinum international rock band Simple Plan . ASEAN joined forces with MTV EXIT in 2011 ...
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ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children Concludes Successful Visit to the United States

The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) has concluded a successful ten-day visit to the United States with stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City. A broad range of challenges face many women and children in Southeast Asia, including poor access to pre-natal and maternal ...
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University Course to Help Build a Regional Identity for ASEAN Youth

Students across ASEAN will soon be able to enroll in undergraduate courses that specifically focus on ASEAN issues and history.  A seminar concluded on Friday in Kuala Lumpur, training professors from university members of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) on how to conduct a new ASEAN Studies Course for undergraduate students. “This training workshop marks ...
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ASEAN and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Host Advanced Workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Against Trade in Counterfeit

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today concluded a three-day advanced workshop on IPR enforcement for approximately 60 officials from ASEAN member states’ national trademark offices.  The program took place in Jakarta, with the support and cooperation of the Indonesian Directorate General for Intellectual Property ...
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U.S. Supports State-Of-The-Art Disaster Monitoring and Response System for ASEAN

Jakarta, 12 April 2012 – Following the recent opening of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), a team of international specialists, supported by the U.S. Government has begun work on the next phase in the Centre’s development by installing the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS). The ...
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Strengthening Food Security for ASEAN Citizens: Launch of ASEAN – U.S. “MARKET” Program

JAKARTA, March 29 2012 – The United States Government and ASEAN marked the launch of a three-year project to facilitate the trade of food commodities in Southeast Asia today at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta. The project,  Maximizing  Agricultural  Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development, and Trade (MARKET), aims to improve food security for ASEAN Member States and contribute to ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Relations: What Are the Talking Points?

Jakarta – Ambassador David Carden spoke today at a panel discussion focusing on the United States engagement with ASEAN. Co-organized by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and The Habibie Center, the event featured the Indonesian book launch of ASEAN-U.S. Relations: What Are The Talking Points? edited by Dr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun. Former ASEAN Secretary-General Ambassador Rodolfo Severino, Prof. ...
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Visit of Assistant Secretary Kurt M. Campbell to Phnom Penh

Remarks in Cambodia Kurt M. Campbell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Carden Ambassador to ASEAN Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation   Phnom Penh, Cambodia ASSISTANT SECRETARY CAMPBELL: I’ll just make a very quick statement. First of all, just good afternoon. I am joined here with our Ambassador to ASEAN, David ...
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U.S. Supports Launch of Lao Single Window Roadmap

Vientiane – Lao, ASEAN and U.S. officials concluded a workshop concluded today by launching a roadmap for establishing a Lao National Single Window for faster customs clearance and linking it to the ASEAN Single Window. The U.S. Government sponsored the workshop in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Lao Customs Department, and ...
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U.S. and ASEAN Convene Regional Workshop on Trademark Examination

Phnom Penh – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today concluded a three-day advanced workshop on trademark examination for approximately 25 officials from ASEAN member states’ national trademark offices. The program, organized by the ASEAN Secretariat and the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, occurred in Phnom ...
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ASEAN Partners with MTV EXIT to Fight Human Trafficking

December 17, 2011 – Phnom Penh: MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and ASEAN have joined forces to promote human security for ASEAN citizens in the battle against trafficking in persons in Southeast Asia.  MTV EXIT, supported by the United States and Australian governments, produces cutting-edge multimedia content, such as free live concerts, public service ...
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First ASEAN Blogging Exchange Participants

Jakarta – Tomorrow bloggers from around the region arrive in Jakarta to participate in the first-ever exchange bringing ASEAN bloggers together to discuss the digital landscape in Southeast Asia. On Saturday the bloggers will attend ON|OFF, Indonesia’s largest national blogger and onliners gathering. The bloggers will share insights and experiences from their home countries with hundreds ...
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Ambassador Carden at the Inauguration of the ASEAN Business Club

On October 28 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the region’s top CEOs gathered to launch the ASEAN Business Club (ABC), a private sector organization for businesses in ASEAN to cooperate and collaborate on common challenges facing business owners in Southeast Asia. The region’s top CEOs were in attendance, including Tan Sri Tony Fernandes of AirAsia, Jaime ...
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United States and ASEAN Promote Private Sector Input to Shape ASEAN Food Security Agenda

Jakarta – American and regional agricultural and food processing companies in Southeast Asia met with ASEAN agricultural officials this week to develop ways to ensure an affordable, sustainable and nutritious supply of food for the ASEAN region. Regional farmers’ associations and think tanks joined the meetings. Private sector participants stressed to ASEAN Agricultural Ministers that ...
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U.S. Sponsors Conference on Benefits of Connectivity in ASEAN’s Rural Regions

Hanoi, Vietnam – Innovative technology is at the heart of improving access to education and health services in rural communities in the lower Mekong region and throughout ASEAN. That was the message that emerged during the first ever ASEAN Rural Connectivity Conference for Education and Development in Vietnam this week. Over 200 participants from ASEAN ...
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United States Attends EAS Energy Ministerial

Joint Press Release with the U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan United States Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual led a seven-person interagency delegation at today’s East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Ministerial in Brunei. This was the first such meeting for the United States, which plans to join the regional grouping formally with President Obama’s ...
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U.S. Supports Streamlining of Business Processes for Faster Cargo Clearance

Singapore – Thirty trade and customs officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Singapore today to discuss streamlining specific import and export processes to prepare for implementation of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW). Effective cargo clearance processes throughout the supply chain are a pivotal first step to allow efficient information flow for ...
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ASEAN Trade Facilitation Forum: ASEAN-US Government and Business collaborative efforts to boost trade

Manado – Business representatives from ASEAN, the U.S. and the wider region came together as a group today in a direct dialogue with ASEAN Economic Ministers, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis, and senior officials for the first time, at the ASEAN Trade Facilitation Forum. “Over the past several years, ASEAN has made significant advancements in ...
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Bright Environmental Future for ASEAN Begins with Eco-Schools

From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA, 28 June 2011 – In an attempt to further strengthen links between the environment and education sectors in ASEAN, senior education and environment officials from ASEAN Member States, have agreed to support the development of a regional eco-schools program. Officials shared details of existing national eco-schools ...
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MTV EXIT Live in Chiang Mai Campaign Notes

On June 25th in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign held a major concert performed by Asian megastars ‘Super Junior M.’, Australian vocal sensation, Kate Miller-Heidke, and top Thai artists, ETC., Slot Machine, Thaitanium and Southside Phuket. The free outdoor concert, “MTV EXIT Live in Chiang Mai” was conducted at ...
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U.S. Supports ASEAN’s Fisheries

BANGKOK – The region’s fisheries face a multitude of threats that could jeopardize future fishing yields. ASEAN has taken the lead to bring the public and private sectors together to address threats to the region’s fisheries as part of an ASEAN-Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The ‘Conference on Fish for ...
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Ambassador Carden at ASEAN Fun Bike 2011

JAKARTA – U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden, together with members of the diplomatic corps, participated in ‘ASEAN Fun Bike 2011’ in Jakarta on Sunday, the first of a series of events to celebrate ASEAN’s 44th birthday next month. Officiated by ASEAN Chair Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the ...
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First Resident United States Ambassador Presents Credentials to ASEAN

In a ceremony today at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, H.E. David Lee Carden, the United States’ first resident Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, presented his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr. Surin will transmit Ambassador Carden’s credentials to ASEAN foreign ministers via the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives in Jakarta. ...
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Indonesia Works with ASEAN on Pandemic Response Planning

From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release JAKARTA – To minimize disruption of daily business in the event of a major pandemic or disaster, the Indonesian government has formulated strategies to keep critical services running. At a workshop on business continuity planning held in Jakarta, government agencies identified their critical functions, resources and functional interdependencies. Held ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Talk Environmentally-Friendly Trade

From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release SINGAPORE – Ways to tackle complex linkages between promoting trade and protecting the environment took spotlight at the first ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Environment Forum held Thursday (24/03/11) in Singapore. Attended by more than 70 participants from ASEAN and the U.S., the Forum acknowledges the importance of promoting international efforts ...
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Vietnam Identifies Institutional Improvements to Facilitate Trade

HANOI – Vietnamese and U.S. officials and representatives from the business community met today to outline priority legal reforms that would enable implementation of the Vietnam National Single Window for customs clearance. The meeting was supported by the U.S. Government in partnership with Vietnam Customs and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat. The ...
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3rd U.S.-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting

JAKARTA – The 3rd U.S.-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting was held on March 16, 2011 at the ASEAN Secretariat. At the annual meeting, co-chaired by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Joseph Yun and attended by the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR), participants discussed preparations for the ASEAN Regional Forum Post Ministerial Conference in ...
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ASEAN Secretariat – the Nerve Centre of ASEAN

From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release JAKARTA – The ASEAN Secretariat and U.S. Mission to ASEAN (USASEAN) co-hosted a friendly gathering of the ASEAN Secretariat staff and Jakarta-based diplomatic community on March 10, 2011. The ASEAN Secretariat, according to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, was not only a venue to hold official meetings, but was ...
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U.S. Supports Laos Customs and National Single Window Efforts

VIENTIANE – More than 50 Lao government officials involved in trade and cargo clearance concluded a workshop today to implement a National Single Window (NSW). The NSW aims to streamline cargo transfer and enhance Laos’ trade efficiency by 2012. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the workshop in partnership with the Association of ...
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ASEAN Explores Tools to Address Climate Change

From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release JAKARTA – Over 50 ASEAN representatives and climate change experts gathered in Jakarta on January 18-19 to exchange ideas and best practices in addressing current and future impacts of climate change. During the two-day workshop, participants learnt from other’s current programs, including municipal building retrofits in Jakarta, the carbon neutral ...
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Joint Press Release: ASEAN and U.S. Promote Energy Efficiency for Everyday Appliances

Hanoi, December 15, 2010 – As homes in Southeast Asia become more dependent on electrical appliances and electronics, energy consumption increases. ASEAN’s per capita energy consumption is expected to double in the quarter century between 2005 and 2030, from 0.9 to 1.8 Tons of Oil Equivalent per person. In response, the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Sub-regional Dialogue with Private Sector in preparation for Fish for the People Conference

JAKARTA AND BANGKOK, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 – The Facility, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, and the South East Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), organized and conducted two sub-regional public private sector dialogues, in Bali, Indonesia on November 9, and Bangkok, Thailand on November 11, as part of the preparatory works for the June 2011, ...
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Roundtable Meeting with the Representatives of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

(Washington, DC) During their first trip to the United States, the ten AICHR representatives discussed the AICHR mandate, as well as its regional role and activities. A presentation given by Dr. David Cohen, director of the War Crimes Studies Center, discussed human rights education at the university-level in the United States. The last presentation which ...
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Secretary of State Clinton’s Travel

Office of the Spokesman Washington, DC October 22, 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia October 27-November 8. Secretary Clinton arrives in Honolulu on October 27 where she will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara to discuss a broad range ...
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New Funding Jumpstarts HRRCA Activities

Jakarta, October 7 – The Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN (HRRCA) has received new funding commitments from the United States Government, and the MacArthur Foundation, which will be used to carry out the HRRCA’s mission to provide research, education, and training on human rights issues in the ASEAN region. The US Government-sponsored ASEAN-US Technical ...
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Joint Statement of the 2nd U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting, New York, NY

We, the heads of State/Government of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...
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Remarks By President Obama and President Triet Of Vietnam at Opening Of U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 24, 2010 Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York, New York 1:08 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  To all the leaders who are here as well as the delegations, welcome.  I want to thank my fellow leaders for being here and for ...
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