May 16, 2022


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Friday, May 13, 2022, in connection with the special ASEAN Summit held in Washington, DC, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, together with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council and the National Center for APEC, hosted Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand for a discussion with key U.S. business leaders on Thailand’s post-COVID economic recovery and opportunities arising for business.    

The event covered several important issues, including new energy and sustainability initiatives, the return of travelers to the region, new digital economy developments; and, more generally the importance of strengthening trade ties during Thailand’s year hosting meetings under Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation auspices to drive a robust, forward-looking trade and investment policy agenda. 

“We know that the U.S. needs a long-term strategy in the region to strengthen transparency and the rule of law, and increase business certainty and confidence,” said Charles Freeman, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Vice President for Asia. “In that context, the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is a positive step, and one we encouraged Prime Minister Prayut to join.”   

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce remains committed to working with Thailand to  promote deeper commercial ties between our countries and strengthen economic growth throughout the region.  

“Thailand is a hugely important market for the U.S. business community,” said Freeman. “Prime Minister Prayut has laid out a compelling case for why Thailand should only become more important.”