Office of the Spokesperson
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy Security, and the Environment Keith Krach travels to Bangkok, Thailand, for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) on November 4.
On November 4, Under Secretary Krach will represent the U.S. Department of State at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, which will occur on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is co-organized with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council with the support of the U.S. and Royal Thai governments.
Under Secretary Krach will lead a panel discussion on “Fostering a Trusted Digital Economy in the Indo-Pacific,” discussing opportunities and challenges for the growth of the digital economy and how innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital economy can catalyze economic growth. Panel participants will include Tian Chong Ng, the President for Asia Pacific and Japan of HP Inc., Tatsuya Terazawa, Senior Advisor to the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), and Keith Williams, CEO for Underwriters Laboratories.
Under Secretary Krach’s trip is intended to highlight and build on the longstanding economic relationship the United States enjoys with the Indo-Pacific region, which is underpinned by over $1.9 trillion in two-way trade. The United States remains the largest source of foreign direct investment in the region, and American corporations investing in the Indo-Pacific remain committed to innovation, economic empowerment of women, and robust economic growth at home and in the region.
For more information on the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, please visit: https://www.indopacificbusinessforum.com.
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