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Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, U.S. government agencies have invested more than $2.9 billion in the Indo-Pacific region to support our three priority sectors under the Indo-Pacific Strategy:  infrastructure, energy, and the digital economy.

United States Champions Prosperity at Indo-Pacific Business Forum
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink and attendants in the Indo - Pacific Forum.
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink writes about the US role in developing prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, following is the article:
“Vietnam, like so much of the Indo-Pacific region, has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past few decades, and is one of the world’s fastest growing economies.  Major U.S. companies like Citibank, Facebook, Ford, GE, Google, Intel, and Nike have contributed to that transformation and now help generate more than $60 billion per year in two-way U.S.-Vietnam trade. 
A key reason why U.S. firms and brands do well in Vietnam and the region is because they are trusted.  U.S. goods, technology, and management are world-class.  And the U.S. government is committed to supporting the private sector’s success by helping countries attract high-quality, sustainable, and transparent investment.  Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, U.S. government agencies have invested more than $2.9 billion in the Indo-Pacific region to support our three priority sectors under the Indo-Pacific Strategy:  infrastructure, energy, and the digital economy. 
Last month I participated in the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, where Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Chairman Vu Tien Loc and I proudlyled a 50-member private-sector delegation from Vietnam. The strength and diversity of our delegation delivered a clear message to U.S. public and private-sector leaders that Vietnam is ready for even more extensive business partnerships! Our delegation of AmCham and VCCI members joined close to 1,000 other business and government leaders from the United States and across the Indo-Pacific to promote the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development.  
The timing couldn’t be betterfor Vietnam, whichneeds $200 billion of new investment over the next five years to construct and upgrade essential infrastructure, including roads, bridges, airports, and ports.U.S. companies, technology, and investors are eager to jump in.  One great example isVirginia-based AES Corporation.  At the Forum, I was excited to participate in the announcement that the government of Vietnam and AES were ready to sign a memorandum of understanding for AES to build the 2.2 gigawatt Son My 2 gas turbine power plant.  Together with AES’s planned Son My LNG import terminal, this will represent a total investment of almost $3 billion and will play a major role in shaping Vietnam’s secure energy future.  
As a Pacific nation, our engagement in the region goes back to the earliest days of our Republic, and it is a story of trade, exchange, and mutual benefit.  In fact, the United States is the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indo-Pacific region – valued at nearly $886 billion at the end of 2018.  Our economic and commercial engagement and development assistance have advanced freedom, openness, and prosperity across the region.These investments are making a difference from the Mekong to the Pacific Islands and across South Asia.  They are made with our allies and partners, including Japan, which committed an additional $10 billion under the Japan-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership to help finance regional LNG projects. 
In addition to helping meet specific infrastructure needs, we also work with partners to ensure they get the best deal on any investment—potentially saving governments billions of dollars by helping review hidden, life-cycle costs in complex contracts. For example, at the Forum, the United States, Japan, and Australia together unveiled the Blue Dot Network, a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes high quality, trusted standards for global infrastructure development.  
As importantly, we are investing in human capital.  Our exchange programs nurture around 5,000 people from the Indo-Pacific region each year, from local leaders to heads of state.  And two-thirds of international students at U.S. universities are from the Indo-Pacific region, including nearly 30,000 students from Vietnam. 
We aim for a free and open Indo-Pacific that fosters open investment environments and free, fair, and reciprocal trade; adheres to transparency and good governance; and advances freedom of the seas and the rule of law.  These are not just U.S. values.  They are values shared across the Indo-Pacific region.
The time is right to do more together, using a model that has stood the test of time – a model of partnership.  Partnerships not just through our government, but also through our companies, our educational institutions, and our civil society organizations.  America builds things for mutual good, and we build them to last”.

DIEP NGUYEN