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USDOC-Global Markets Officers Speak at the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce 2014 (APCAC 2014) Conference

Key officers from the U.S. Department of Commerce-Global Markets from Washington, D.C. and the Asian region made presentations at the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce 2014 (APCAC 2014), March 20-21, 2014, in Manila, Philippines.  About 200 Senior-level executives attended the event.

APCAC, founded in 1968, now consists of 26 AmCham members in 19 economies in the Asia Pacific region.  The annual conference brings together hundreds of executives for in-depth discussions of key issues facing the multinational business community and networking.   The theme of this year’s conference is “Asia’s Resurgence and America’s Role.”

USDOC-Global Markets ASEAN team led the panel discussions on “The U.S. and ASEAN: the Views from Washington and the Markets.”   The USDOC-GM panel included Holly Vineyard. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, International Trade Administration, and Senior Commercial Officers (SCOs) James McCarthy (Philippines), Patrick Santillo (Singapore), David Gossack (Indonesia), Stephen Jacques (Malaysia), and Michael McGee (Thailand).    The Regional SCOs shared an “overview” of their markets including best prospects for U.S. exports, trends, and commercial landscape.

Another highlight of the event was the “U.S. Embassy Update” delivered by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg.   In addition, U.S. Ex-Im bank Director Patricia Loui, led the discussions on “Trade and Project Financing” together with Ambassador Skip Orr, U.S. Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank.

AmCham Philippines believes that the conference offers a great opportunity to promote business ties between the United States and Asia.