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 March 10, 2010
US-ASEAN Business Council Announces New Website

 The US-ASEAN Business Council marked the official launch of its new and upgraded website today, a comprehensive source of information about the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Consistently updated with the newest facts and Council analysis, the new website provides a steady stream of information about the Council's outreach and advocacy efforts. Individual country sections provide the most current and comprehensive resources about the political and economic situation in each ASEAN nation.

"As the voice of American business in Southeast Asia, we take seriously our responsibility to be the most up-to-date source of information about business, trade and investment in ASEAN and its ten member nations," said Council President Alexander Feldman. "We're excited to unveil our new website which, combined with our social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter, will drive the conversation about opportunities for business in Southeast Asia."

The need for information about ASEAN is clear. The ten ASEAN Nations are home to nearly 600 million people, and together represent a collective GDP of over US$1.5 trillion. ASEAN is the United States fourth-largest trading partner, and is home to over $150 billion in U.S. investment. To help expand awareness of ASEAN, each individual country page now contains the most vital economic statistics for the nation, information about government officials, links to key ministries in both U.S. and Foreign governments, Embassy information, links to major media outlets, and an interactive map. Information is also available about the ASEAN Secretariat itself and the Council's industry-specific working groups.

The Council's Facebook and Twitter accounts serve as quick snapshot of major trends in the ASEAN region, and alert members to important upcoming Council events as they come into motion. Members, staff, and anyone with a strong interest in Southeast Asia can use the Council's social media platforms as a way to connect and converse.