US-ASEAN Business Council inaugurates engagement with ASEAN Transport Ministers

The US-ASEAN Business held its inaugural business mission to the ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting Nov. 17-18 in Manila, Philippines, and agreed to expand and continue the engagement. The Council's delegation of 8 leading U.S. companies was led by Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President-Operations of the US-ASEAN Business Council.

The delegation hosted the 10 ASEAN Ministers, Senior Transport Officials and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General H.E. Lim Hong Hin for a working luncheon exchanging ideas on how the U.S. private sector can support plans to accelerate transport infrastructure development and address regional disparities in infrastructure. Delegates also received updates from all ten ministers on the top land, aviation and maritime infrastructure projects as prioritized by each country.

"This is the Council's first foray to the ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting. For many years, the Council has had annual engagements with the ASEAN Finance Ministers, ASEAN Economic (Trade) Ministers, ASEAN Energy Ministers and ASEAN Agriculture and Forestry Ministers, and we believe the Transport Ministers represent an important expansion of the discussion," said Dugan. "We appreciate the ASEAN ministers meeting with our companies. It was a great opportunity to explore how U.S. companies can work together to assist ASEAN countries in meeting their infrastructure needs, especially in the areas of technology and climate change."

During the working luncheon, the Council hosted the following officials:

H.E. Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat

Mr. Tran Dong Phuong, Director for Sectoral Development Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat

H.E. Dato Mustappa Sirat, Minister of Communications, Brunei

Mr. Azhar Hj Ahmad, Permanent Secretary, Brunei

H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia

Mr. Leng Thun Yuthea, Undersecretary of State, Cambodia

H.E. Sugihardjo, Secretary General, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia

Mr. Djoko Sasono, Senior Advisor to the Minister for Logistics, Multimodal and Transport Safety, Indonesia

H.E. Viengsavath Siphandone, Vice Minister, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Laos

Mr. Math Sounmala, Assistant Minister of Public Works and Transport, Laos

H.E. Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia

Mr. Saripuddin Kassim, Secretary General, Ministry of Transport,Malaysia

H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister of Transport and Communications, Myanmar

U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Myanmar

H.E. Arthur Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, Philippines

Mr. Felipe Judan, Undersecretary for Maritime, Philippines

Mr. Garry De Guzman, Undersecretary of Transportation, Philippines

H.E. Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore

Mr. Pang Kin Keong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Singapore

H.E. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, Thailand

Mr. Daroon Saengchai, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Thailand

H.E. Nguyen Hong Truong, Vice Minister of Transport, Vietnam

Mr. Le Tuan Anh, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Transport, Vietnam

The delegation also conducted individual bilateral meetings with H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister of Public Works and Transport Cambodia; H.E. Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister of Transport and Communications, Myanmar; H.E. Felipe Judan, Undersecretary for Maritime, Philippines; H.E. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, Thailand; and H.E. Nguyen Hong Truong, Vice Minister of Transport, Vietnam.

The companies participating on the delegation included Autodesk, Caterpillar, Fluor, Harley Davidson, Microsoft, Smiths Detection, Uber and UPS.

For over 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's 150+ membership generates over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.

Source: Philippine Information Agency