USTDA Hosts 2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced its sponsorship of the 2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum, which will be hosted virtually and in-person on October 28 – 29 in Hanoi, Vietnam (October 27 and 28 in the United States). This year’s conference will bring together government representatives and business leaders to promote trade, new investment and enhanced cooperation between the United States and the countries of the Indo-Pacific.

As in 2019, USTDA will serve as sponsor of the Forum, which will be co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as partners including the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and the governments of the United States and Vietnam.

“Sponsoring the Indo-Pacific Business Forum for a second consecutive year highlights our continued leadership on behalf of the best of U.S. industry and reaffirms our commitment to the future of this vital region of the world,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency. “For decades, USTDA has helped achieve comprehensive economic growth throughout the Indo-Pacific by advancing hundreds of infrastructure development activities that showcased the unique capabilities of the U.S. industry and America’s workers.”

This year’s IPBF will also highlight regional projects that are currently underway, envisioned for the future and incorporate best practices for interested companies to play a leadership role. This includes major U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy initiatives: The Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership, Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network, and Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy Initiative.

IPBF will feature speakers including Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and USTDA’s Abrajano.

For more information on the Forum, including a full agenda and speaker list, please visit the event website here.

A video of welcoming remarks from Todd Abrajano can be found here.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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