Breakfast Briefing with Dr. Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
In his keynote address, Mr. Ross emphasized the U.S. Government’s long-standing commitment to building nations that are sovereign, strong and prosperous by encouraging open and transparent business environments to level the playing field. He said that ASEAN is the top destination for U.S. Investment in the Indo-Pacific with a cumulative investment of $271 billion that has spurred growth and encouraged free and open markets for export. He recognized the role of the private sector in contributing towards infrastructure and energy development and leading the pathway for building a strong economy.
Attended by regional business leaders who were in Bangkok as part of AMCHAM delegation to Bangkok across diverse industries such as digital, hospitality, education, SMES, etc. the breakfast briefing was an opportunity for AMCHAM members to have an open dialogue and engage with leaders from the Cabinet to discuss and lobby for business interest. The event was also attended by Executive Directors from AmChams of the Asia Pacific (AAP), who were able to discuss economic priorities of their countries and engage with the U.S delegation and other members from the region. The briefing was preceded by a meeting between Dr. Ross and Executive Directors of AmCham Shanghai and AmCham China- Beijing to discuss trade priorities.
Ross was in Bangkok as part of a trade mission for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum that brings together policy makers and business leaders from throughout the region and the world for joint investments and partnerships on projects that drive economic prosperity in the region.