Media Alert: October 9 Briefing – A Conversation with U.S. Ambassadors to Asia

Event: October 9, 2014

4:15pm to 4:45pm

The Asia Foundation

465 California Street, San Francisco

Haydn Williams Room on the 8th Floor

*Please arrive early for security clearance

Join us for an important panel discussion on why Asia matters. U.S. Ambassadors to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore will discuss the local impact of ASEAN/U.S. trade and why ASEAN is crucial to the Bay Area’s economic growth. Asian countries are among the United States’ fastest growing markets. The economies of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are expected to grow 4.3 percent in 2015. California exports to ASEAN nations contributed more than $14.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2012, or 6% of total state exports. Top exports include: computers and electronic products, machinery, food, transportation equipment, and chemicals. ASEAN is California’s fifth largest export market following Mexico, Canada, China, and Japan, ahead of South Korea and Germany.


Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia

Ambassador William E. Todd, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia

Ambassador Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia

Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council

Moderated by:

Suzanne Siskel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

RSVP: Reporters who wish to participate in the briefing must RSVP no than later 12:00 Noon PDT October 9. For news media who would like to call in, details will be provided.

Interviews: The briefing is on the record. U.S. Ambassadors will also discuss the current political landscapes in their respective countries of Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Please RSVP to both media contacts:

Brent Jones, The Asia Foundation, [email protected]

Eelynn Sim, The Asia Foundation, [email protected]

Related locations: San Francisco

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