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US-ASEAN Business Council Continues Productive Engagement with Senior ASEAN Transport Officials

(Singapore) On October 13, the US-ASEAN Business Council concluded its business mission to the ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting, with eight U.S. companies engaging key officials on transport to discuss the impact of technology on infrastructure development in ASEAN.

This year marks the Council’s second meeting with all ten ASEAN Transport Ministers, along with the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN.  During the mission, the Council delegation focused on leveraging technology in the realm of infrastructure development in ASEAN countries and discussed the future direction of infrastructure development, which is shifting from hard infrastructure projects to utilizing technology to improve existing infrastructure and reframe new infrastructure requirements.  

The delegation was led by Marc Mealy, Council Vice President for Policy.
“As ASEAN continues to build the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the next generation of inter and intra state policy and regulatory reforms and strategic transportation infrastructure investments will be critical to support region’s growth and development,” said Marc Mealy. “The US business community remains committed to being ASEAN’s trusted stakeholder and partner in utilizing cutting edge technology solutions, products, services and capabilities to better design, develop and deliver the transportation infrastructure projects of tomorrow.”

The Council supports the view that by adopting technological software and processes, government infrastructure projects can save significant costs and time, as well as increase visibility and transparency.  World class technological systems can also be harnessed to improve the quality and delivery of services by providing a source of readily accessible, relevant, and valid information on ongoing infrastructure projects.

During the mission, the Council hosted the following officials to a working luncheon.

    H.E. Dato Seri Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Minister of Communications, Brunei
    H.E. Mr. Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia
    H.E. Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Transport, Indonesia
    H.E. Mr. Bounchanh Sinthavong, Minister of Public Works & Transport, Laos
    H.E. Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia
    H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, Minister of Transportation & Communications, Myanmar
    H.E. Mr. Arthur Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, Philippines
    HE. Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore
    H.E. Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, Thailand
    H.E. Mr. Le Dinh Tho, Vice Minister of Transport, Vietnam
    H.E. Dr. Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat


The delegation also conducted individual bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia; H.E. Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Transport, Indonesia; H.E. U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation & Communications, Myanmar; H.E. Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia; and H.E. Mr. Arthur Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, Philippines.
 
Companies participating in the mission included: 3M, Autodesk, Bechtel, Caterpillar, FedEx, Harris Corporation, Uber and UPS.

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For more than 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.




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