8:00am Registration / American Breakfast 8:25am Remarks 9:30am Close Hosted by the Apparel & Footwear Committee and Trade & Investment Committee The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is honored to host David Carden, the former US Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Ambassador Carden will cover two main topics: • Building US relations in the region: Elevating the importance of sustainability, climate, trade, etc; engagement with Asia-Pacific's multilateral institutions; and support for a rules-based system.
Ambassador Carden will give a regional perspective on US relations in the Asia-Pacific. • Manufacturing beyond China: China used to be the obvious choice for offshore manufacturing and production. However, businesses looking for low-cost export platforms in Asia are increasingly considering countries across SE Asia such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. This economic reality has impacts on the US engagement with the Asia-Pacific, and its interactions with ASEAN countries as well as China.
American Club, The 49/F 48-49/F Two Exchange Square 8 Connaught Place Central, Hong Kong