Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to Naypyitaw, Burma, August 27 - 29 to participate in the U.S.-ASEAN Business Summit. He will meet with ASEAN Business Council and U.S. Chamber of Commerce representatives to discuss issues of mutual economic benefit to ASEAN countries and the United States. In Rangoon, August 29 - 30, the Assistant Secretary will speak with business leaders on innovation and meet with women entrepreneurs. He will also visit a facility run by a U.S. company that trains disadvantaged youth, highlighting corporate social responsibility.
In Singapore from August 30 - September 2, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with the AmCham Board of Governors and senior Singaporean government officials to discuss expanded economic engagement opportunities. While there, he will also participate in a roundtable with media industry representatives regarding intellectual property rights issues.
In Hong Kong, September 2 - 4, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with senior government officials and business leaders to discuss U.S.-Hong Kong commercial relations, and exchange views on regional economic developments. He will deliver remarks at an AmCham luncheon on topics including U.S. business activity in Hong Kong and ways to facilitate further trade and investment. At an event hosted by an innovation accelerator platform, Hong Kong entrepreneurs will share their experiences with him on launching startups in the region. He also will participate in a SelectUSA-focused reception to exchange ideas with private sector representatives on potential opportunities for foreign direct investment into the United States.
Assistant Secretary Rivkin will travel to Beijing September 4 - 6, where he will meet with senior Chinese government officials to discuss the importance of an open and fair climate for foreign investment. He will engage in a roundtable discussion with the Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of several major Chinese companies with large-scale investments in the United States, to discuss how to promote further two-way investment. He will also meet with a cross-section of U.S. industry associations that are active in the Chinese market. At a Motion Picture Association movie screening, he will highlight the economic opportunities that exist by expanding global creative industries, including through the safeguarding of intellectual property rights.