DATE: 14 October 2020, Wednesday

TIME: 3:00pm – 4:00pm (GMT+8, MYT)

VENUE: Online Webinar

TOPIC: How can ASEAN bounce back: A US Perspective


The ASEAN region enters a new decade defined primarily by uncertainty, as the world continues to grapple with an unprecedented global pandemic which has exacerbated present geopolitical tensions and frictions in the global trade environment. Since March 2020, the US has pledged US$76.9 million in assistance for countries in Southeast Asia to help grapple with COVID-19, with most of the financial aid going to train medical workers, boost screening capabilities, and bolster national health systems. Meanwhile, the ongoing trade frictions between the American and Chinese economies may present opportunities for ASEAN economies as American firms seek alternative production sites.

As ASEAN seeks to bounce back from the COVID-induced global downturn, there is room for further cooperation between the US and the regional bloc. In this CARI Briefings, Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council, and Kawal Preet, President of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express, will weigh in on the prospects of US-ASEAN trade in view of the ongoing regional dynamics from a US perspective, focusing on how the US and ASEAN could build upon present trade ties for mutual benefit, how American global supply chains are expected to shift post-COVID-19 and how ASEAN can prepare accordingly, and US views on ASEAN integration efforts and how American interests can be served by it.


​​Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid
Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
President, ASEAN Business Club

​​Amb. Michael W. Michalak,
Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council

​​Kawal Preet,
President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, FedEx Express

Participation is strictly by invitation only. For further enquiries and details kindly email to