Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath
USA Partnership Pavilion Opening at the Singapore Airshow 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.
Thanks, Tom. And thanks to the Color Guard for starting us off with such a great reminder of why we are all here today – to represent the very best of the United States here at the 2018 Singapore Airshow.
I’d like to welcome all of our many VIPs present today, especially Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Bureau of Industry Mira Ricardel, who is the head of our official delegation. A very special welcome also to Robert Durbin, the Chief Operating Officer of Aerospace Industries Association.
As you all know, I have the distinct honor of waking up each morning to represent the United States in Singapore, a country of critical commercial and geo-strategic importance for us, both bilaterally and from a regional perspective. And I am delighted that this Air Show has brought so many of you to assist me in that duty.
Why? Because it’s important now, more than ever, that our partners in Asia witness the strength and depth of our commitment to the region. People around the world, including here, have multiple choices for partners, but they won’t find a more respectful, more innovative, more transparent, or more reliable partner than the United States. And that’s across all of our sectors – military, commercial, regulatory, and people-to-people.
The fact is that while the US and its partners face multiple challenges in this region, we also stand to benefit together from the immense opportunity that exists across ASEAN and the entire Indo-Pacific. And when I say we, I mean our governments, our companies, and our citizens.
U.S. companies are the beating heart of all that we do with partners around the globe.
You represent the very best of America – the innovation, the cutting edge technology, the commitment to transparency and rule of law, the belief in investing in people and training, and – most of all – the reliability of our products and our services.
Our bumper sticker for this Air Show is Excellence – excellence in aviation, excellence in aerospace and defense, excellence in security, and excellence in partnerships. Each of you is the reason that we can put aside all false humility in claiming to be excellent, because each of you, and the companies that you represent, are excellence incarnate. Thank you for being the standard bearer of the reputation of the United States of America.
I’d like to offer 3 talking points for you to deploy as you join me in representing the United States at the Airshow:
- Fact one: The U.S. is once again proud to have the largest international presence at the Singapore Airshow. You should know that our 170 exhibitors claim nearly 30% of the show’s total indoor exhibit space. A very special thank you to Kallman for your efforts to make this a reality.
- Fact two: The U.S. has 12 of our finest U.S. military aircraft deployed to the airshow, including fifth generation fighters like the F-35B. Our military remains the most lethal military in the world, and it’s your technology that is helping us to lead the way among our allies and partners. A very special thank you to Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Goldfein and all of our U.S. military leaders present in Singapore for their service and their support to this Airshow.
- Fact three: The USA Partnership Pavilion features 120-plus participating companies (including 65 first-time show exhibitors), representing 23 states and a wide cross-section of U.S. industry. So our engagement is not just from the military side, but from the commercial sector as well.
In that regard, whether you are a titan of industry or a new arrival to the field, know that you have the full support of the U.S. Embassy and our Commercial Service in making your case to regional buyers.
To that end, our Embassy’s Commercial Service colleagues from 11 posts across Asia have recruited and organized delegations comprising over 250 foreign buyer delegates to the Airshow this year, and they are eager to meet with our best in class firms here in the USA Partnership Pavilion. I do hope that you all have a chance to grow your network.
Since it’s also Black History Month, I’d like to end with a quote from the son of a Tuskegee Airman who observed, “My father was a Tuskegee Airmen captain in the Air Force and a very strong personality. He believed in fairness and ethics and living up to the commitments you make to others.”
I can’t think of a better description of who we are as a nation. Thank you for all that each of you are doing to project these same values.
And thank you for representing the very best of America.