EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:30 PM D.C. Time April 2nd 2013
April 3, 2013
U.S. Business Groups Welcome Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee to Washington
U.S. Chamber, US-ASEAN Business Council Tout Bilateral Economic Relationship, Singapore’s Role in TPP Negotiations
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US-ASEAN Business Council welcomed Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a dinner tonight at the Four Seasons in Washington. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue, and US-ASEAN Business Council President Alexander Feldman delivered remarks touting both the bilateral economic relationship between the U.S. and Singapore and Singapore’s role in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
“U.S. leadership and commercial engagement in Asia remain vital to peace, security, and prosperity across the globe,” said Donohue. “The U.S. has always looked to Singapore to help us navigate this important area of the world. Its wisdom and insights are invaluable. And we now have an opportunity to advance all of these goals through a high-standard, 21st-century TPP agreement that would expand free trade across the Pacific, drive the global economic recovery, create badly needed jobs, and advance economic and social progress in developing and developed countries alike.”
“Singapore’s leadership in ASEAN is critical to successful implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, and its model in developing an open, competitive business environment has enabled it to serve as a hub for American business in the region and an example of what pro free trade and investment policies can do for an economy,” said Feldman. “The U.S.-Singapore Free Trade agreement has led to nearly 60% growth in bilateral trade since it took force in 2003, and is a model for successful, mutually beneficial, high-standards trade agreements.”
Singapore is an ally and strategic partner to the United States. The country was America’s first free trade partner in Asia, and today, it is America’s 11th largest export market with two-way trade in goods and services totaling $65 billion. According to Commerce Department figures, U.S. exports to Singapore created or supported more than 190,000 U.S. jobs in 2012.
The US-ASEAN Business Council represents more than 125 major U.S. corporations, ranging from those that have been active in Southeast Asia for a century to newcomers looking to expand their presence in one of the world’s most dynamic markets. With long-established personal and professional relationships in ASEAN and Washington, the Council is the most effective conduit between decision-makers on both sides of the Pacific.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL, INC.
Members! Remember that you can use the Members Only area to find exclusive content and government contact details as well as manage your distribution lists and company information. Contact Chris Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org for help logging in.
For real-time updates from the Council, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Council's services, visit us online at www.usasean.org or contact us at one of our offices.
1101 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 202 289 1911
email@example.com Singapore Office
100 Beach Road #22-04/05
+65 6339 8885
Jl. Tanjung No. 42
Menteng, Jakarta 10350
+1 202 416 6705
1100 88 Corporate Center
Sede?o cor. Valero Streets
Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227
+63 2 908 2559
+63 918 985 5306
23rd Floor, Siam Tower
989 Rama 1 Road
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
+66 2649 1119
15th Floor, Pacific Place
83B Ly Thuong Kiet
+84 4 3930 6404