U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy remarks at the EXPO 2017

August 28, 2017

Astana, Kazakhstan

It is my honor and privilege to lead the United States Presidential Delegation to EXPO 2017.

On behalf of President Trump, I’d like to congratulate Kazakhstan on hosting this incredible event.

I’ve just had the pleasure of seeing EXPO for myself and touring the American and Kazakhstani pavilions with the delegation.

I applaud Kazakhstan for choosing the theme of “Future Energy” for EXPO, a theme that we at the U.S. Department of Energy focus on every day.

I also want to congratulate Ambassador Krol for his steadfast leadership as the Commissioner of the USA Pavilion, and thank USAP, our partners, and our sponsors for a pavilion that truly reflects the spirit, energy, and innovation of the United States.

It’s important for me to be here today to underscore the importance that President Trump places on the United States’ relationship with Kazakhstan.

As you know well, the United States was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan after its independence 25 years ago.

And this relationship has grown in large part because American and Kazakhstani officials and companies have continued to work well together in a cooperative partnership.

This partnership forged between Kazakhstan and its international partners, several of them American companies, has helped Kazakhstan become a world-leading oil and gas producer.

These partnerships will help Kazakhstan achieve its Future Energy goals – both in advancing state-of-the-art energy research and in developing a cleaner, more efficient domestic energy system.

Over the course of 25 years, our ties have only grown stronger, particularly in the energy and nonproliferation areas.

The United States considers Kazakhstan an important partner in Central Asia because your national economy generates 60 percent of the gross domestic product in this region of Asia.

That is a tribute to your nation’s vast energy resources, and your willingness to work with partners at home and abroad to develop your energy potential.

When I meet with the government of Kazakhstan later today, I will reiterate America’s strong commitment to this relationship and to continuing the U.S.-Kazakhstan Energy Partnership.

We have already accomplished much through the Energy Partnership and look forward to continuing our cooperation in the years ahead.

I hope this EXPO will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to solve the energy challenges of tomorrow. I thank Kazakhstan for its attention to the important issue of “Future Energy” and look forward to working together to address this issue in the years ahead.

Again, I congratulate Kazakhstan on hosting an outstanding EXPO.

I am honored to represent President Trump here today and extend my congratulations to you on his behalf.

Thank you.