C5+1 is a diplomatic forum for dialogue and a platform for joint efforts to address common challenges faced by the United States and the five Central Asia states. It complements bilateral relationships in the region, particularly on issues where regional approaches may provide a comparative advantage. At the first C5+1 ministerial, held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in 2015, the five foreign ministers and the Secretary of State agreed to focus on three sectors of common interest: security, with a focus on terrorist threats; economic connectivity with a focus on improving regional trade and prospects for U.S. trade and investment; and environment challenges. The six countries agreed to form working groups for each sector, with the goal of achieving practical results. At the second C5+1 ministerial in 2016, the five ministers and the Secretary agreed to launch five projects across these three sectors.
The C5+1 has emerged as a model of regional cooperation and a useful complement to other regional organizations in which the Central Asia countries participate. At his meeting with President Mirziyoyev in May 2018, Secretary Pompeo indicated that the C5+1 will remain a key part of our regional engagement and noted the positive role the C5+1 is playing in improving relationships in Central Asia, particularly in bolstering the region’s economy. Project-level expert meetings have enjoyed a remarkable level of interaction and open exchange of information.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual gathering that convenes entrepreneurs, investors, and their supporters globally. An estimated 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summits since 2010. At previous GES summits, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide.
The U.S. and the Republic of India co-hosted the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India from November 28-30, 2017. The Summit highlighted the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump headlined the United States delegation to the Summit.
GES 2017 created an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level. Through two and a half days of networking, mentoring, and workshops, GES empowered entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, innovate, and find their target customers — creating new goods and services that will transform societies.
2017 was the first time GES was hosted in South Asia, and the event highlighted India’s enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Hyderabad, capital of Telangana state and the home to T-Hub, India’s largest startup incubator, has a robust startup ecosystem, a presence of major U.S. tech firms, and supportive government policies in place to facilitate emerging entrepreneurs.
The United States’ vision for the Indo-Pacific is a free and open region comprised of nations that are independent, strong, and prosperous. Advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific is a whole-of-government effort focused on three pillars: economics, governance, and security. This vision is built on principles that are widely shared throughout the region: ensuring the freedom of the seas and skies; insulating sovereign nations from external coercion; promoting market-based economics, open investment environments, and fair and reciprocal trade; and supporting good governance and respect for individual rights. These values and policies have helped this region grow and thrive.
The Indo-Pacific region, spanning from the west coast of the United States to the west coast of India, is central to U.S. economic and security interests. The region has enjoyed unprecedented prosperity and improvements to standards of living over the last three decades, thanks in part to American engagement. Our presence secures vital Indo-Pacific interests and strengthens the international system of clear and transparent rules.
Cooperation with partner countries and regional institutions, such as ASEAN, is at the center of our approach. The Indo-Pacific is not a concept unique to the United States but is shared by many nations in the region. Though our respective visions may differ somewhat, our Indo-Pacific policies and those of our allies and partners are complementary and similarly guided by a commitment to uphold the rules-based order in the region.