Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, underscored the importance of engaging the private sector to ensure constructive and timely realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. This was conveyed when SG Minh met with Mr. Alexander Feldmen, President of US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.
“We are implementing a small and medium enterprises (SMEs) program in ASEAN Member States to build capacity of SMEs in the region and link them up to the regional and global supply chain network,” Mr. Feldmen explained about the US-ABC program. Successfully implemented in Jakarta and Manila in 2012, the Council will continue to work with SMEs in Ho Chi Minh City of Viet Nam in 2013 and across the Member States by 2015.
Areas of interest to US-ABC include: customs, information and communication technology (ICT), food and agriculture, financial services, healthcare services, trade facilitation, and intellectual property rights.
US-ABC plans to lead a group of business delegations comprising CEOs of the US corporations to ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat in June 2013. The Council is also keen to further collaborate in initiatives under the US-ASEAN expandable economic engagement (E3) as well as strengthen the ASEAN brand to highlight ASEAN centrality in the global markets.