When it comes to Bay Area trade and investment opportunities, China rightly gets much of the attention. But China isn’t the only player on the other side of the Pacific. That was the message from four U.S. Ambassadors who visited the Bay Area Council on Wednesday (Oct. 8) to talk with business leaders about the growing opportunities within the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Ambassador to Cambodia William Todd, Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun, Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake and Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar discussed the $2.4 trillion economy that the 10-nation ASEAN bloc represents and the 626 million consumers that reside there. They described the political and economic landscapes in the respective countries where they serve and said their embassies stand ready to assist companies looking to do business in Southeast Asia. The visit was organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council under the leadership of CEO Alexander Feldman, and was part of a larger national tour the Business Council led to promote trade and investment with ASEAN. To engage in the Bay Area Council’s trade and investment work, contact Global Initiatives Chief Del Christensen.

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