"Economic Statecraft"... Secretary Clinton Hosts Global Business Conference
200 delegates from 110 countries gathered at the Department of State for Secretary Clinton's Global Business Conference.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers keynote remarks in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room.
AmCham Denmark's Executive Director Stephen Brugger speaks with U.S. Vice President Biden at conference reception.
On February 21-22, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a Global Business Conference in Washington DC. 200 representatives of U.S. business support organizations and U.S. corporations in over 110 countries accepted the Secretary’s invitation for two days of dialogue and brainstorming on the U.S. government role in supporting American competitiveness and creating American jobs.
The conference showcased the State Department’s renewed commitment to being the most responsive and effective force multiplier for U.S. businesses abroad – and foreign businesses looking to invest here in the United States. AmCham Executive Director Stephen Brugger was invited by the State Department to attend on behalf of the U.S. business community in Denmark.
An interactive agenda included remarks from Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary Clinton, Commerce Secretary John Bryson, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Boeing CEO James McNerney, and President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tom Donohue.
Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides opened the conference, welcoming an enthusiastic crowd and noting that the conference was about the intersection of business and diplomacy. He offered the full support of the Department of State, including its network of embassies and consulates abroad, in achieving this goal.
He was followed by United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who discussed the U.S. government’s broad trade agenda, including the National Export Initiative (NEI); U.S. support for Russia’s recent accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO); and the implementation of U.S. bilateral trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama.
Tom Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called on government to put in place realistic policies to encourage growth, including a bold trade agenda focusing on expansion of the TPP, creation of a new transatlantic trade pact with the European Union, support for the WTO and expanded free trade agreement partnerships.
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Tom Nides, Ron Kirk and Tom Donohue.
Secretary Clinton keynote
One of the highlights of the conference was a luncheon keynote delivered by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the State Department’s impressive Benjamin Franklin Room. The Secretary’s remarks outlined her vision for “Jobs Diplomacy” with a clear goal: “just as our companies are ready to out-work, out-innovate, and out-compete their rivals, so we intend to be the most effective diplomatic champions for prosperity and growth.”
Secretary Clinton highlighted three key lines of action as we pursue our economic foreign policy goals: “first, promoting U.S. businesses [abroad]; second, attracting investment back to the United States; and third, leveling the playing field for fair competition.” She also reminded participants that small- and medium-sized enterprises are as much of a priority as the large multinationals because “that is where most of the jobs are in the United States.”
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Secretary Clinton's keynote remarks.
Participants reconvened for an afternoon plenary session on "What Government Can Do For Business.” Deputy National Security Advisor Michael Froman and Commerce Secretary John Bryson opened the session by thanking State for elevating Economic Statecraft and noting that our effort supports the President’s agenda in promoting exports, creating jobs, and supporting U.S. businesses abroad.
Day one concluded with a cocktail reception featuring remarks from Vice President Biden. The Vice President highlighted America's commitment to maintaining competitiveness and supporting U.S. companies and set the stage for day two discussions, which featured regional sessions led by each of the State Department’s regional bureaus.
Wrap-up at U.S. Chamber
Following the State Department’s Global Business Conference, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted AmCham executives and chairs for an afternoon session at the Chamber’s Washington DC headquarters. U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for International Affairs Myron Brilliant moderated a far-ranging discussion with top government affairs executives from General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble, and a panel of AmCham leaders offered perspectives on U.S. international economic policy as it plays out in markets around the globe.