Secretary Pompeo Addresses the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers keynote remarks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC on July 30, 2018.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers keynote remarks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC on July 30, 2018.

Secretary Pompeo Addresses the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

On July 30, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered a keynote address to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. The Indo-Pacific Business Forum aimed to introduce the economic and commercial elements of our whole-of-government Indo-Pacific strategy. 

Here are some highlights from the Secretary's address:

A host of other senior administration officials participated in the forum including Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and USAID Administrator Mark Green. The event also convened represenatives of the private sector and officials representing Indo-Pacific nations. 

USAID Administrator Mark Green underscored the agency's efforts in support of the President's Indo-Pacific Strategy.  In his remarks, he disussed the power of private enterprise for accelerating self-reliance. He said, "America’s Indo Pacific strategy offers our partners an enterprise-driven future, and private enterprise is the greatest force known to man for lifting lives and building communities."

Administrator Green also discussed a new U.S. initiative, announced by Secretary Pompeo, to support foundational areas of the future -- such as the digital economy, energy sector, and infrastructure -- to generate greater support for a free and open Indo Pacific.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.

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