First U.S. trade mission following Indo-Pacific partnership launch focuses on clean energy

Beginning Monday, 6 June, the U.S. Department of Commerce is leading a delegation of U.S. business representatives to market destinations across Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.,This marks the first U.S. government trade mission to Asia following last month’s historic launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) by President Biden and other leaders in the region. IPEF consists of the United States and 13 Indo-Pacific partners.,The Clean EDGE Asia Business Development Mission aims to support and accelerate Asia’s clean energy transition by harnessing the expertise and resources of the U.S. public and private sectors. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Pamela Phan of the International Trade Administration will lead the mission for Commerce.,Also in attendance includes U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Enoh T. Ebong and representatives of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.,“Trade missions are where business, diplomacy, and culture come together,” said Phan. “Addressing the climate crisis requires innovative thinking, strategic partnerships, and decisive actions on both sides of the Pacific. It is an honor to stand alongside these countries, companies, and my government colleagues as we look to leverage the best of what each other has to offer to solve a defining challenge of our time.”,The U.S. delegation includes 12 industry-leading organizations across the renewable energy and fuels, energy storage, hydrogen, smart grid, nuclear, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sub-sectors: Bechtel (Texas), Bloom Energy (California), Cheniere Energy (Texas), Ecoplexus (California), FuelCell Energy (California), Itron (Washington), Marquis Energy Global (Illinois), NuScale Power (Oregon), Sempra Energy (California), U.S. Grains Council (Washington, D.C.), UPC Renewables (Florida), and Westinghouse Electric Company (Pennsylvania).,The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta arranged for mission delegates to meet with 65 individual companies in Indonesia, in addition to other business-to-business matchmaking meetings and bilateral engagements between government officials organized by the International Trade Administration.,The mission begins Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia, followed by Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Manila, Philippines, ending on June 13.