May 22, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce commended Congressional leaders for the introduction of S. Con. Res. 16 and H. Con. Res. 54, calling for U.S. support of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

“We appreciate Congress’ recognition of the importance of APEC. Asia is the fastest-growing region in the global economy, and APEC is an important forum for both public and private sectors to engage with regional economies. It is critical for the future growth, competitiveness and success of American companies, workers, and the overall economy,” said Tami Overby, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber. “We also commend United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for attending the APEC Trade Ministers meeting in Hanoi so quickly after taking office. His participating is a strong indication of the administration’s commitment to Asia and APEC.”

The U.S. Chamber participated in the APEC Trade Ministers’ meeting in Hanoi. The day before the meeting, the U.S. Chamber held a conference on the future of the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral commercial relationship, where Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang delivered the keynote address. Later this month, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will meet with President Trump in Washington.

“There is a real sense of momentum,” said Overby. “The high-level engagement between the U.S. and Vietnam, as well as Vietnam’s Chairmanship of APEC this year, provide real opportunities to promote our commercial interests and support American jobs and economic growth.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.