Event Details

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Roundtable Discussion on the Digital Connectivity & Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP) Initiative

Event Information

Date & time

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Washington, DC


Spencer Cresswell at +1-202-595-2671 or Scresswell@bciu.org

This roundtable will feature the following participants:

  • Ruth Berry, Deputy Director, Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Jack Spilsbury, Senior Coordinator, Connectivity, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Braphus Kaalund, Policy Coordination, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Ann Meceda, East Asia Cyber Coordinator, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Tentative) 
  • Douglas Britt, Senior Advisor, USAID/Global Development Lab (Tentative)
  • Thomas Koutsky, Senior Connectivity Policy Advisor, USAID/Global Development Lab (Tentative) 
  • Cary Ingram, Senior International Trade Specialist, Telecommunications Technologies, U.S. Department of Commerce (Tentative)
  • Michelle Sylvester-Jose, Acting Director, Global Data Policy Team, Office of Digital Services Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Eric Jones, Senior Advisor, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)                             
  • Heather Lanigan, Co-lead, Indo-Pacific Initiative, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)


For more information, please contact Spencer Cresswell at Scresswell@bciu.org or +1-202-595-2671.


Biographical Information

About the DCCP

The "Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership" (DCCP) is a new multi-year U.S. government initiative that will bring together support for infrastructure development, policy and regulatory reforms, U.S. export assistance, and cybersecurity capacity building.  Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced this new “Digital Partnership” in July of 2018, at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum as part of a U.S. commitment to enhance U.S. economic and commercial engagement in the Indo-Pacific. 

With initial funding of $25 million, the initiative is seeking to identify potential projects in the broader Indo-Pacific in partnership with the U.S. private sector; while initially focused on the Indo-Pacific, this initiative will expand into other regions in 2019.   This funding can be used to provide technical assistance and capacity building training, facilitate public-private sector engagements, including trade missions, and support project design and financing, as long as there is a U.S. company nexus.