Southeast Asia

The Chamber's Southeast Asia team advocates for open markets, trade and investment opportunities, and a level playing field for American businesses to compete and prosper in Southeast Asia.

 

Asia’s business environment is evolving rapidly, and the Chamber is changing with it. Nowhere are these changes more pronounced than in Southeast Asia, where many businesses are relocating investments and sourcing activity. Amid U.S.-China trade tensions, surveys conducted by UBS Bank suggest that 20%–-30% of China’s total manufacturing capacity could relocate, with Southeast Asia a prime destination. McKinsey & Company estimates that the regionalization of supply chains could shift up to 25% of global trade flows, and the Chamber has estimated that U.S. tariffs on China have given Southeast Asian countries an average tariff advantage of 12%–-19%. As a result, the region is even more vital to U.S. commercial interests.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Southeast Asia and Regional Economic Architecture program harnesses the Chamber’s unique influence in American political and commercial life to provide tailored support to members in tackling challenging trade, investment, and regulatory barriers to doing business in these crucial markets.

The program provides access, information, concise analysis, and policy advocacy. The team collaborates with the most senior levels of government, influential associations, and think tanks and other non-governmental institutions on the ground in these markets, as well as with all relevant U.S. agencies in Washington, D.C., and their representatives in the region.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseFeb 06, 2020 - 4:00am

U.S. Chamber: ‘Applauds U.S. Treasury for Recognizing the Benefits of Cross-border Connectivity’

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for International Regulatory Affairs Sean Heather today issued the following statement on the “United States-Singapore Joint Statement on Financial Services Data Connectivity.” “The ability to aggregate, store, process, and transmit data across borders is fundamental for the global financial system and the entire global economy.

Press ReleaseNov 21, 2019 - 5:00am

U.S. Chamber and AmCham Indonesia Celebrate 70 years in U.S.-Indonesia Relations at 7th Annual Investment Summit

New report: U.S. companies invested at least $36 billion from 2013 to 2017 — almost five times the official government figure—making the U.S. the likely lead source of FDI in Indonesia

ReportNov 20, 2019 - 12:00pm
Indonesia Report Cover Graphic

Making an Impact: The U.S.-Indonesia Investment Report

The 7th annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Report, contends whether we are considering the important and continuing legacy of existing industries or the more recent role played by innovative and leading-edge tech and health companies, the U.S. has brought true partnerships, core business values and unsurpassed technology to Indonesia.

EventNov 04, 2019 - 8:20am to 6:20pm

Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2019

The INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and will bring together key U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and senior leaders from U.S. government and business to discuss how government tools and policies can facilitate private sector partnerships to unleash the full potential of the Indo-Pacific region. First held at the U.S.

Above the FoldJun 05, 2019 - 2:45pm
Vehicles travel past residential and commercial buildings in Hanoi, Vietnam.

U.S.–Vietnam Trade: The Time for an Agreement is Now

Closer economic ties would be valuable to both countries.

Press ReleaseFeb 07, 2019 - 7:00am

Malaysia ranks 24th in U.S. Chamber’s International IP Index

Score Improves from Previous Ranking  

Press ReleaseFeb 07, 2019 - 7:00am

Indonesia ranks 45th on U.S. Chamber’s International IP Index

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) today released its seventh annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, “Inspiring Tomorrow,” which analyzes the IP climate in 50 world economies. The report ranks economies based on 45 unique indicators that are critical to an innovation-led economy supported by robust patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection.

Press ReleaseFeb 07, 2019 - 7:00am

Singapore ranks 10th on US Chamber’s International IP Index

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) today released its seventh annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, “Inspiring Tomorrow,” which analyses the IP climate in 50 global economies. The report ranks economies based on 45 unique indicators that are critical to an innovation-led economy supported by robust patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection.