The U.S.-ASEAN partnership took another step forward on September 6 in Yangon when the U.S.-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group (EPG) convened for their second meeting. During their latest session, the group focused on developing concrete recommendations for enhancing cooperation across all three ASEAN communities. The U.S. EPG also met with President U Thein Sein in Naypyidaw, and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon.
The U.S.-ASEAN EPG is composed of prominent individuals from the United States and all ten ASEAN member states. The three U.S. EPG members are Mr. Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company; and Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore from 1984-86, Ambassador to China from 1991-95, and Ambassador to Indonesia from 1996-99; and Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001.
The EPG group will present their recommendations to U.S. and ASEAN leaders at the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting, scheduled for Cambodia in November, 2012.