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:
.@SecPompeo at #IndoPacificBizForum: The #IndoPacific is one of the greatest engines of the future global economy. America will be there. The American people and the whole world have a stake in Indo-Pacific peace and prosperity. That is why the Indo-Pacific must be free and open. pic.twitter.com/tNfiPzLAUv— Department of State (@StateDept) July 30, 2018
The U.S. helps build environments in the #IndoPacific where American firms can succeed, local communities can flourish, and bilateral partnerships can grow. That’s why we support educational efforts such as #Fulbright University Vietnam and @yseali. #IndoPacificBizForum pic.twitter.com/vQgKZ9u28J— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 30, 2018
.@SecPompeo at #IndoPacificBizForum: Our #IndoPacific vision excludes no nation. We seek to work with anyone to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, so long as that cooperation adheres to the highest standards that our citizens demand. pic.twitter.com/BZghsvXmde— Department of State (@StateDept) July 30, 2018
The U.S. believes in strategic partnerships, not strategic dependency. As @POTUS said, “we want you to be strong, prosperous, and self-reliant.” We'll continue to work toward mutual prosperity in a free and open #IndoPacific. #IndoPacificBizForum pic.twitter.com/Yc723vI2XS— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 30, 2018
.@SecPompeo at #IndoPacificBizForum: We aspire to a regional order of independent nations that can defend their people and compete fairly in the international arena. We stand ready to enhance the security of our partners and to assist them in developing their economies. pic.twitter.com/aEP2rcW4e5— Department of State (@StateDept) July 30, 2018
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."
Today we're moving beyond contracting & embracing collaboration. We're recognizing that agencies like @USAID don't need to be the sole actors in the development space when they can serve as catalytic actors that incentivize & channel private investments #IndoPacificBizForum— Mark Green (@USAIDMarkGreen) July 30, 2018
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.
USAID is proud to be part of #Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network, which @SecPompeo announced this morning. Our role: make it easier for American companies to do business in #Asia. #IndoPacificBizForum pic.twitter.com/FHaUFE8OMH— USAID (@USAID) July 30, 2018
Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.
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