Energy and Environment Trade Mission to Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines

Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
September 15 – 21, 2013

Under the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future the U.S. Government has mandated trade agencies to provide $6 billion USD to support sustainable energy projects in the Asia-Pacific, including natural gas facilities, renewables, power generation, and energy efficiency. Other governments, development banks, and energy companies are investing in energy development and environmental technologies in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The result is a growing number of opportunities for U.S. companies to export to these markets. To help you access these opportunities, the U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing this upcoming Trade Mission.

Participating in an official U.S. Department of Commerce delegation, rather than traveling to these markets independently, will allow companies to confirm meetings with potential customers, partners, relevant government officials, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The delegation will visit Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Manila. Mission participants will meet with ADB officials to explore business opportunities in these markets, in addition to the 42 additional ADB developing member countries. At each mission stop, the program will include briefings, networking receptions, and one-on-one business meetings with potential customers, partners and local representatives.

Thailand Developments:

  • Thailand depends on gas imports and will need to develop natural gas infrastructure
  • Thailand will hold bid round for 22 exploration licenses in 2013
  • Thailand’s waste water market relies heavily on U.S. imports
  • Thailand’s 20-year Energy Efficiency Development Plan aims to reduce energy intensity by 25% in 2030

Malaysia Developments:

  • The Government of Malaysia is incentivizing expanded oil and gas production
  • Malaysia adopted a 40 percent emission reduction plan by 2020
  • Malaysia is committed to water treatment and soil remediation
  • Malaysia is determined to increase energy efficiency, with a focus on smart grid systems and green building technology
  • Malaysia’s Renewable Energy Act of 2011 enables the implementation of the Feed-in Tariff and establishes the Renewable Energy Fund

Philippines Developments:

  • The Philippines depend on gas imports and will need to develop natural gas infrastructure
  • 20 – 50 percent of the population does not have access to clean drinking water
  • The Government of the Philippines “Energy Access for More” program is designed to increase energy access and expand the national grid

Map of the region, including Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines

Your Business Case to Attend

The U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to supporting U.S. commercial interests abroad. Through a global network of the best international trade professionals in the world, the Commercial Service delivers the information and contacts your company needs to succeed in emerging markets. This Mission will directly support the "U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement” or E3 Initiative announced by President Obama at the 2012 U.S.-ASEAN Summit. The "E3” Initiative focuses on enhancing ASEAN members' capacity for advancing projects that will open up opportunities for U.S. companies in the region. The E-3 Initiative is a new framework for economic cooperation designed to expand trade and investment ties between the United States and ASEAN, creating new business opportunities and jobs in all eleven countries.

Participants will forge new relationships, develop existing relationships, and deepen their understanding of these emerging markets. With new opportunities arising, interest in these markets is growing, and new stakeholders are entering the picture resulting in increased urgency to expand U.S. commercial interest in these markets.

On the Trade Mission you will:

  • Meet with potential customers, partners, and representatives - Through decades of experience, the Commercial Service will arrange meetings with potential customers, partners, representatives, and distributors in each market. Your business-to-business (B2B) meetings will be individually crafted to meet your company’s needs in the market.
  • Meet key contacts at the Asian Development Bank - Mission participants will meet with ADB officials to explore business opportunities in these markets, in addition to the 42 additional ADB developing member countries.  
  • Attend exclusive government meetings - Mission participants will meet with relevant government officials in Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines.
  • Attend Embassy briefings - at each stop, to give participants unparalleled insight into political and economic developments in each market, as well as the region. It is your opportunity to meet and discuss fundamental issues with U.S. Embassy representatives from each market.
  • Attend high-level networking receptions - At each stop, the delegation will attend networking receptions with local industry and government leaders in attendance.

Fees and Expenses:

Large company - $5,210
Small and Medium-Sized Company - $4,023
Additional Participant - $1,500

The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation, except as stated in the proposed timetable, or air transportation to and from the United States. Business visas are not required

To apply for this mission, please send completed application form to by July 26th, 2013.


Commercial Service Washington, DC 
David McCormack
, International Trade Specialist 
(202) 482-2833

Commercial Service Philippines
James McCarthy
, Senior Commercial Officer
(632) 301-6041

For questions regarding the Asian Development Bank, Please contact: or by phone at (632) 301-4141.