Business Perspectives of US-Japan-Southeast Asia Economic Relations


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When: Feb 19 2019 - 2:26pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Business Perspectives of US-Japan-Southeast Asia Economic Relations

An Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

David Gossack
Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
and President, U.S.-Japan Business Council

Marc Mealy
Vice President-Policy,
US-ASEAN Business Council

Edmund Sim
Appleton Luff

Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator)
East West Center in Washington

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Southeast Asia has become an important commercial and investment destination for the United States and Japan. Both have shifted their focus towards the region and this trend shows little sign of slowing down. However, while Japan is an established

Left to right: David Gossack, Marc Mealy, Edmund Sim, and Dr. Satu Limaye

presence in Southeast Asia’s markets and enjoys strong support from local populations for its investment products, the United States is seeking to gain more of a foothold. From infrastructure needs to eliminating red tape for their businesses, the United States and Japan share many common interests in Southeast Asia. In this seminar, experts weighed in on the current status of U.S. and Japanese business relations with Southeast Asia and how collaboration can be achieved within this trilateral relationship.

This seminar will be part of a series tied to the U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship program jointly held by the East West Center and Osaka University’s Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP). Generously funded by The Japan Foundation and U.S. Embassy Tokyo, this fellowship has brought together two American, two Japanese, and two Southeast Asian fellows for three months to explore the following theme: How should the United States, Japan, and Southeast Asia collaborate on trade, investment, and economic integration in Southeast Asia?

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David Gossack Vice President for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, develops Chamber programs and policies across the region. He concurrently serves as president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) and president of the U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) where he helps lead U.S. business engagement with two of America’s most important trading partners. Prior to joining the Chamber, Gossack spent more than 24 years in Asia as one of America’s most senior commercial diplomats and an advocate for American business interests. He served in East Asia’s largest economies before retiring in July 2018 as a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister-Counselor rank. Previously, Gossack was senior commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, and before that was senior commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. While working in Beijing and Shanghai, he was a leader in U.S. commercial engagement in China from 2003 to 2010. His previous postings were in Tokyo, Japan, from 1995 to 1999 and in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1999 to 2002. Earlier, Gossack was legislative counsel to Sen. Spark Matsunaga (D-HI) during his chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee’s International Trade Subcommittee, and he was a participant in drafting major trade legislation in the 100th and 101st Congresses. Also, he served as a foreign service officer for the State Department holding positions in Washington, Tokyo, and at the USTR’s Office of Japan Affairs. Gossack is a native of San Jose, California, and a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law.

Marc Mealy is the Vice President-Policy at the US-ASEAN Business Council. He manages the production of the Council’s information products, coordinates advocacy efforts across our country and industry committees, and serves as the in-house lead on international trade policy. He joined the Council in 2003 as the Senior Director for Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei Affairs as well as Coordinator of the Council's ASEAN Financial Services Working Group. He was named the Vice President in 2010. Marc has over twenty years of experience in international trade and economics. He began his professional career in 1989 as an international economist with International Trade Policy Division of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Services. While at USDA he was accepted into the United States Foreign Service, and later went on to manage some of USDA’s largest commodity trade finance (GSM) and food assistance programs (PL-480) in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe for USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation. In 1994-1996, he joined the African American Institute, an international non-profit NGO, as the Director of its Trade and Investment Program and later worked as a consultant to foreign government and international development NGO’s. Prior to joining the Council Marc spent four years inside the U.S. Congress. From 1999-2001 he was a member of the Professional Staff of the House International Relations Committee. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the international economic and foreign policy advisor to Congressmen Gregory Meeks of New York, a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees. Marc holds a B.A. in Economics and Third World Studies from Oberlin College and an M.S. degree in Economics from the University of Florida.

Edmund Sim is a partner at Appleton Luff, an international trade and investment law firm. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore Law School, where he created the world’s first course on ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) law. Ed maintains the AEC blog at and is a senior lecturer at Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta. He co-authored with Stefano Inama The Foundation of the ASEAN Economic Community and Rules of Origin in ASEAN, both published by Cambridge University Press. He advises the Government of Timor-Leste on its accession to ASEAN. Ed has participated in more than 230 trade remedy proceedings and has advised government ministries in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat. Ed was a partner at White & Case and Hunton & Williams and an associate at Patton Boggs and Willkie Farr. During university, he worked at the Office of U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush and the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department. Ed graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Dartmouth College.

Satu Limaye is the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor for the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: The Indian Ocean in Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Policies (forthcoming); The Twain Does Not Meet in United States-Russia Relations in East Asia (forthcoming); America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions (with Robert Sutter); The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

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