Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council 30th Anniversary Gala Reception

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 30, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council 30th Anniversary Gala reception at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

The US-ASEAN Business Council is a premier advocacy organization for U.S. industry operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, and helps represent major segments of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia. The U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Gala is a platform to highlight the success of the Obama Administration in strengthening ties with Asia in general and particularly Southeast Asia. An award honoring the Administration’s significant achievements and progress in strengthening the U.S.-ASEAN relationship will be presented at a dinner after the reception, by the Council and accepted by on behalf of the Administration by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel.

Secretary Kerry will discuss the importance of investing in Southeast Asia, reinforce the economic and political progress that has been made over the last three decades, and highlight how the U.S. can support Southeast Asia’s continued progress toward reaching the goals the region sets for itself.

Secretary Kerry’s remarks will be open to the press.

The remarks will be streamed live on Follow @StateDept, @StateDeptLive, @JohnKerry, @USMission2ASEAN, and @USASEANBusiness for tweets from the event using the hashtag #USASEAN30.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 4:15 p.m.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 6:15 p.m.

Media interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register here.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information please contact the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or Anthony Nelson