U.S.-ASEAN Connect is the strategic, unifying framework for the United States’ growing economic cooperation with ASEAN. Connect helps brings together the resources and expertise of the U.S. government and private sector for a more cohesive and coordinated approach to economic engagement with ASEAN. Connect supports ASEAN’s goal to build an ASEAN Economic Community by facilitating assistance and programming to support trade and economic development in the region. Connect programs have focused on energy opportunities, building a digital economy, facilitating trade, support for small- and medium-sized enterprises, and encouraging young innovators and entrepreneurs.
Connect works in four different areas to support U.S. economic engagement with ASEAN: business, energy, innovation and policy. These four areas are key to ASEAN’s goal of regional economic integration and forging an ASEAN Economic Community.
The U.S. ASEAN Internship Program is a joint endeavor between U.S.-ASEAN Connect and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council to highlight internship opportunities for ASEAN university students at U.S. companies operating in Southeast Asia. Please click on the link for further information on internship opportunities in your country.
Connect will bring together all the resources and expertise of the U.S. government and private sector to create a whole-of- U.S. approach to economic engagement with ASEAN. Connect will deepen our relationship and deliver assistance, programming, trade and investment. Together we will support ASEAN’s goal to build an integrated, dynamic, innovative, sustainable, resilient and rules-based economic community that benefits all citizens of the region– because that future will benefit us both. Early programs under Connect will focus on clean energy, digital economy, SMEs, and support for young innovators and entrepreneurs.
Effective economic engagement requires coordination to utilize the wide variety of expertise and resources the United States has to offer. We are collaborating across U.S. government agencies and offices, and are deepening cooperation with the U.S. private sector to deliver programming, events, and assistance to promote inclusive economic growth and encourage improvements in the rule of law and the business climate.
The Connect team is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and works with our partners across the ASEAN region to deploy existing and new resources in a more coordinated, effective, and responsive manner. We work closely with our diplomatic posts, including over a dozen U.S. government agencies with offices in Southeast Asia dedicated to improving economic cooperation on commercial, finance, and investment issues.
The United States is a major trading partner and investor in the region, and the U.S. private sector is an essential Connect partner. Together, ASEAN countries are the fourth-largest trading partner for the United States, supporting millions of jobs in the region and in the United States. U.S. businesses are the largest cumulative source of Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN countries. U.S. companies bring countless jobs, world-class training, cutting-edge technology and extensive community investment to Southeast Asia. Together we support ASEAN’s goal to build an integrated, dynamic, innovative, resilient and rules-based economic community that benefits all citizens of the region.
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