Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh is traveling to Mongolia, Burma, and Laos, August 11-24. The trip is part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to enhance Indo-Pacific economic engagement.
Assistant Secretary Singh will be in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 12-16 to meet with government and business officials to bolster economic opportunities and increase bilateral trade. The visit follows Mongolian President Battulga’s meeting with President Trump at the White House on July 31, in which the leaders discussed the two countries’ strong Strategic Partnership. While in Mongolia, Assistant Secretary Singh will visit the Asia Foundation’s Women’s Business Center and Incubator, which promotes women’s economic empowerment. She will also tour Wagner Asia Equipment’s facility. This heavy equipment dealership won the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence in 2014 for its commitment to partnership with Mongolia’s local and national governments to protect the environment. She will also visit the Oyu Tolgoi mine, a joint project between Rio Tinto and the Government of Mongolia.
Assistant Secretary Singh will then travel to Rangoon, Burma, August 16-21 where she will meet with government officials, business leaders, and tech entrepreneurs to promote continued improvements to the investment climate. She will speak at a U.S.-Japan Investment Forum event hosted by the Japanese Embassy and Japanese, American, and Burmese Chambers of Commerce.
In Vientiane, Laos, August 21-24, Assistant Secretary Singh will meet with government officials and business leaders to discuss how to improve Laos’ business environment. She will participate in the launch of a “STEM Lab” for young entrepreneurs. Assistant Secretary Singh will also visit with local executives of Ford Motor Company to see another example of how American companies are finding success in Laos’ rapidly growing economy.
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