US-ASEAN Business Council

Profile

The US-ASEAN Business Council is the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia. ASEAN is the second-fastest growing economy in Asia at $2.4 trillion, and has attracted more U.S. investment than any other destination in the whole of Asia ($159 billion).

The Council's members include more than 160 of the most successful and innovative corporations in the world. Our 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 Combined, our member companies generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people worldwide. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.

The Council's ICT Committee is formed to advance the technology goals of ASEAN and individual ASEAN countries through public-private partnerships, consultative meetings and ICT programs involving U.S. and regional government officials.

The ICT committee supports the efforts of ASEAN and its members to strengthen the region's ICT policies, regulatory frameworks and ICT master plans. Recognizing the role of the private sector in leading innovation can produce win-win opportunities for both the public and private sector.  The Council believes that encouraging the development of a flourishing ICT ecosystem will promote economic growth and connect people.  

ICT Committee themes and policy priorities include:


Regional Integration – support adoption by governments across the ASEAN region of harmonized regulatory approaches and policies embodying global best practices to spur growth of the digital economy in ASEAN, including:
ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2020
Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025
ASEAN Framework on Personal Data Protection

Innovation – to share knowledge on the latest innovations in technology, and encourage enabling policy environments that provide space for innovation to grow while protecting citizens’ privacy and security;
Information Security and Assurance:
Personal Data Protection - to leverage the ASEAN Framework on Personal Data Protection to advocate for country-level privacy policies in line with international best practices;
Cyber Security - to offer expertise to support of the adoption of strong cyber security policies and practices among ASEAN Member States;
Digital Data Governance – to support ASEAN in the development of a Digital Data Governance Framework, with an emphasis on providing for cross-border data sharing.
Digital Economy – Improve access to services and tools for ASEAN people, governments and businesses, especially SMEs, to adapt in this digitized world.; Position US-ABC and its members as authoritative resources and go-to partners in navigating the complexities of these digital policy challenges and achieving goals in security, governance, education, healthcare and economic growth.
Human Capital Development – to support the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SME’s programs on ICT skills development throughout the region, to grow the next generation of ICT professionals.