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With Asean, the US promises to tackle global problems.

The United States (US) expressed delight in its partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday and pledged support for the latter’s centrality and inclusiveness.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo underlined America’s commitment to the Asean ideal during the opening day of the two-day US-Asean Special Summit here, as America’s corporate leaders and Asean officials discuss how to strengthen economic connections and solve global problems together.

“Today, I’m announcing that the US government’s largest indoor trade mission and business development conference, dubbed ‘Trade Winds,’ will be conducted in Southeast Asia next year in the spring of 2023 in Thailand,” Raimondo stated.

She went on to say that the forum will use Thailand as a regional center and would include side trips to five other Asean economies.

“As a result, this is compelling evidence of our dedication to the region.” “I have to emphasize, this is just one of many efforts we have underway to deepen our ties with Asean member nations,” she said, adding that the US will send a health-care delegation to Southeast Asia in September and an advanced manufacturing delegation in October.

In the domains of supply chain manufacturing, sustainable energy, and health care, Raimondo stressed the necessity of collaboration.

Privacy restrictions that apply across borders

“I am delighted that the Philippines and Singapore have agreed to join the United States in establishing global cross-border privacy laws. Companies will be able to demonstrate compliance with internationally recognized data privacy standards at that event. “I want to reiterate that raw education in that form is welcomed in the United States,” she remarked.

She said that the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies is planning to open an institute for rising leaders, where public servants from all Asean countries can hone their skills.

Meanwhile, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez were welcomed to the White House by US President Joseph Biden Jr., who hosted a dinner for nine other Asean leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

From May 12 to 13, Biden will host the summit, which will focus on improving US-ASEAN ties, the digital economy, sustainability, renewable energy transition, economic cooperation, health care, and supply chain resilience, among other topics.

“This idea of collaborating with Asean countries to jointly teach the next generation of leaders, citizens, emerging leaders, and public servants who will continue to work and do the work we do has all started,” Raimondo continued.

The White House reaffirms its “enduring commitment to Southeast Asia and stresses the importance of US-Asean collaboration in maintaining security, prosperity, and respect for human rights” at the first US-Asean Special Summit here.

Visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/05/12/fact-sheet-us-asean-special-summit-in-washington-dc/ for more information.

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