Chargé d’Affaires Greubel Leads Pacific Panel for Indo-Pacific Business Forum

SUVA – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel hosted a virtual panel discussion entitled “Pacific Opportunities in E-Commerce,” as part of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) today. Chargé Greubel welcomed Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Director for Programs and initiatives Zarak Khan and Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) Vice Chairperson Jennifer Ula-Fruean to the IPBF.

After opening remarks from PIF Secretary General Henry Puna, the panel members shared their expertise on the PIF Pacific Aid-for-Trade Strategy 2020-2025 and new opportunities technological advancement brings to the region. Chargé Greubel noted, “There is a growing demand for the U.S. private sector to implement the shift to e-commerce in the Pacific.”

The Indo-Pacific Business Forum is a premier public-private event organized by the United States Government and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Now in its fourth year, the 2021 event is co-hosted by the Governments of the United States and India. More than 1,500 people joined virtually for two days of programming. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is participating to advance our economic and commercial engagement under the Indo-Pacific Strategy.