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NBR Hosts USTR and ASEAN Trade Ministers

On May 3, 2010, NBR’s Slade Gorton International Policy Center hosted a breakfast and roundtable discussion for U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, and several ASEAN trade ministers including Dr. Mari Pangestu of Indonesia, Mr. Mustapa Mohamed of Malaysia, Mr. Lim Jock Seng of Brunei, and Dr. Nam Viyaketh of Laos, as well as Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, United States Representatives Jim McDermott, Rick Larsen, and Dave Reichert, and Alexander Feldman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

The ASEAN delegation came to Seattle as part of their two-city tour and "road show" to give American business and civic leaders the opportunity to meet ASEAN trade ministers first-hand, explore opportunities in the ASEAN region, and discuss trade and investment opportunities between the U.S. and ASEAN countries, as well as ASEAN's efforts at regional economic integration.

This two-day event, “ASEAN: The Crossroads of Global Trade and Investment,” was presented by the US-ASEAN Business Council and USTR, in partnership with NBR and the Trade Development Alliance (TDA), and held at the Four Seasons in Seattle.

Related Information

Ambassador Kirk Participates in the U.S.-ASEAN Economic Ministers Road Show
A write-up of the May 3, 2010 breakfast event on

Remarks by Ambassador Ron Kirk at the U.S.-ASEAN Economic Ministers Road Show Luncheon
Ambassador Kirk's remarks at the May 3, 2010 luncheon.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton discuss the U.S.-ASEAN trade relationship.

U.S. policymakers and business leaders meet with ASEAN trade ministers at NBR’s Seattle offices.

For more information on the Slade Gorton International Policy Center or to provide financial support to the Gorton Center, please contact:

Mariana Parks
Slade Gorton International Policy Center

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