Monday, 21 Oct 2019
[2018-April-4~5] APCAC Business Summit in Kuala Lumpur

Charting a Bold Future: US Businesses in the Asian Century” is the theme for the 2018 APCAC Business Summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5, 2018.

This high-profile annual summit attracts over 300 participants including senior government and private sector leaders from the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia is invited to open the conference and we also anticipate the involvement of several U.S. Ambassadors, state governors, city mayors, and senior U.S. Administration officials.

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) event will be hosted by AMCHAM Malaysia.

Why Malaysia, and why now?
With the current U.S. administration's focus and messaging about prioritizing American interests, a retrenchment from overseas engagement is predicted. For those of us based in Asia, we have seen these shifts result in increased questions about the commitment by U.S. business to these markets. Will U.S. companies continue to invest in:

● Local talent?
● Localizing their products and services?
● Engaging in ways to develop and grow local economies?
● Social responsibility initiatives?

At APCAC, we know the answer is a resounding 'YES.'

At our upcoming Summit, we will be providing participating sponsors and companies a showcase to demonstrate their continued engagement and commitment on a range of important topics, all while highlighting the dynamism and value of American business.

Malaysia, a founding member of both ASEAN and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is geographically positioned between the emerging regional powerhouses of China and India and sits at the nexus of these shifting economic ties. In this context, now is the right time and Malaysia is the ideal place to host what we believe will be a seminal platform to emphasize the longevity and nature of U.S. investments in the region, highlight the relevance of our corporate values, and promote the ongoing committed engagement of our partner companies.

What is APCAC?

APCAC is an association of 29 American Chambers of Commerce from 22 economies in Asia-Pacific. APCAC comprises of 15,000 Member companies, 50,000 overseas American executives and 10 million employees; the region has USD 620 billion in annual FDI management and more than USD 1 trillion in annual trade. The APCAC Business Summit is hosted each spring by one of APCAC’s member associations and we are delighted to have been chosen to bring the Summit to Kuala Lumpur in 2018. American corporations find value in this association with a number of them supporting APCAC by being part of the Chairman’s Circle: VISA, Abbott, GE, Citibank, PayPal Caterpillar, UPS, amongst others.

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Business leaders from across the Asia Pacific are being urged to join together to find a path through what’s been described as a “perfect storm” of unprecedented global trade and investment uncertainty.

The US Chamber of Commerce says a two-day business summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next month will be critical for developing an effective response to the trade and economic uncertainty and fears of a trade war.

350 business and government leaders from across the region are expected to take part in the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce summit (APCAC 2018) on 4-5 April.

The Senior Director in the US Chamber’s Asia Department, John Goyer, says there are deep concerns about US trade and investment policy and changes in trading relationships across Asia.

“This is the perfect storm where the only thing that is certain is that there’s a great deal of uncertainty.

“But what is important to remember is that Asia remains vital for American business interests – our companies want to be here and invest so it’s vital we come together and plan how to respond to this unfolding situation,” Mr Goyer said.

Summit organiser and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia (AMCHAM Malaysia), Siobhan Das, says amidst the uncertainty there are opportunities.

“Asia remains the fastest growing region in the world and that won’t change any time soon – we need to embrace the opportunities that arise from such growth,” said Ms Das.

Among the conference speakers are:


Lovella Adams ASEAN Director, Coca-Cola, Thailand 

Stephen Braim, Vice President at IBM, Australia

Tan Sri Tony Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia

Charles Freeman, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber, Washington D.C.

Edward Graham, CEO & President, ExxonMobil, Malaysia

Briand Greer, President South East Asia, Honeywell

Jeffrey Hardee, Executive Director Asia-Pacific Government & Corporate Affairs, Caterpillar Inc.

Datuk Mark Rosario, Chief Executive Officer, GE, Malaysia 

Dr Richard Record, Lead Economist, World Bank Group 

Ramzi Toubassy, Chief Executive Officer, AmMetLife, Malaysia


The theme of this year’s summit is Charting a Bold Future: US Businesses in the Asian Century.

APCAC (Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers) is an association of 29 American Chambers of Commerce from across in the  Asia Pacific and representing 15,000 companies and 10 million employees with an estimated USD 620 billion in annual FDI management and more than USD 1 trillion in annual trade. 

The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) was founded in 1978 and comprises nearly 1000 members representing American, Malaysian and other international companies with strong ties to the U.S. 

Twitter: @AmChamMalaysia