Today, President Bush Met With Leaders From Seven Southeast Asian
Economies Participating In The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Meetings. These countries are also members of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
President Bush Announced, And The Leaders Of The ASEAN Nations Welcomed,
The Creation Of The Position Of United States Ambassador To ASEAN. This
Ambassador will work with ASEAN nations to deepen the already strong and
robust U.S.-ASEAN relationship.
President Bush Expressed His Intent To Host A Meeting Of ASEAN Leaders
To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of U.S.-ASEAN Relations.
President Bush And The Southeast Asian Leaders Hailed The Growing
Cooperation Under The U.S.-ASEAN Enhanced Partnership, Announced Under
The Leadership Of President Bush And ASEAN Leaders In 2005. They also
discussed other regional issues, including U.S.-ASEAN trade cooperation,
the disconcerting human rights situation in Burma, regional security,
and counterterrorism cooperation.
President Bush And The ASEAN Leaders Noted The Wide Range Of Work
Accomplished On Eight Priority Areas For Cooperation Under The Enhanced
Partnership Since 2005. All this work is in addition to the
substantial bilateral cooperation between the United States and
individual ASEAN countries:
Economics: The United States and ASEAN have developed an
extensive program of cooperation to support ASEAN's economic
integration. On intellectual property rights, for example, more than
800 ASEAN officials have attended workshops, training, and other
activities organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Health: The United States has supported an expert on pandemic
preparedness and avian influenza at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
We have also provided support and technical assistance to help ASEAN
tackle HIV/AIDS and other public health problems.
Scholarships: The Fulbright Commission has launched an ASEAN
Visiting Scholars Program open to foreign affairs officials, scholars,
and researchers working on issues central to the U.S.-ASEAN
Information and Communications Technology (ICT): The United
States is supporting an assessment of ASEAN's integration of the
region's ICT sectors and has provided increased ICT capability to the
Transport: The United States has provided an assessment of the
logistics sector in ASEAN, including its transport and communications
infrastructure. This work contributed to ASEAN's plans to integrate
freight, transport, and other logistics services to move goods more
cheaply and efficiently.
Disaster Management: The U.S. has been a major provider of
assistance in response to natural disasters in Southeast Asia. We will
continue to provide support and training for disaster response and
management in the coming year.
Environment: The U.S. supports environmental programs and
improved wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia. The U.S.-supported
ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) has already broken
several wildlife trafficking rings and was showcased by the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Energy: The U.S. and ASEAN have organized workshops on clean
energy, energy efficiency, and clean coal.
President Bush And The Leaders Of ASEAN Nations Also Discussed The
Important Progress Made In Trade And Investment Relations Under The
U.S.-ASEAN Trade And Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Signed In
Ongoing consultations under the TIFA are aimed at supporting
deeper intra-ASEAN economic integration and U.S.-ASEAN trade ties in the
specific areas of the ASEAN Single Window for customs clearance,
pharmaceutical regulatory harmonization, and sanitary and phytosanitary
The President and ASEAN Leaders discussed the importance and
benefits to Southeast Asian countries of success in the Doha Round of
World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations.
The United States and Singapore have a highly successful Free
Trade Agreement (FTA), signed in 2003. The United States and Thailand
launched FTA negotiations in 2004, and the United States and Malaysia
commenced FTA talks in 2006.