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Secretary Clinton Launches "Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum" Media Coverage Opportunities on May 17 and 18


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 13, 2011

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on May 17 at the opening of the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.

This three-day event, organized by the Secretary of State’s Global Partnership Initiative in collaboration with USAID and the Migration Policy Institute, brings together over 300 leaders from diaspora communities across the country to discuss and collaborate on projects related to development and diplomacy with their countries of origin.

Watch the Secretary’s remarks live at approximately 10:30 a.m. on www.state.gov. Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Pre-set for video cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.


At the forum, the Secretary of State will announce the launch of an innovative public-private partnership platform designed to engage Diaspora communities, the private sector, and public institutions in a collaborative process.

The Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum is aimed to recognize, celebrate, and inspire the work of American diaspora communities with roots all over the globe to contribute to the development of and diplomatic relations with their countries of origin. Discussion themes at the Forum will include: investment and trade, philanthropy, volunteerism, social innovation, entrepreneurship, disaster relief, education, ethnic media, health and medicine, sports, science and technology, youth, arts and culture.

Full information about the program and agenda can be found at: www.diasporaalliance.org.

On May 17, Special Representative Kris M. Balderston will open the forum. In addition to Secretary Clinton’s remarks, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero and USAID Administrator Raj Shah will deliver remarks. The Hon. Leocadia Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Gustavo Arnavat, US Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank, will deliver closing remarks at 5 p.m.

On May 18, the Hon. Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Mimi Alemayehu, Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, will deliver opening remarks. Jon Carson, Director of Public Engagement at the White House will moderate a plenary panel session on “Building Bridges.” At 1:30pm, the Honorable Daniel Yohannes, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, will deliver a Keynote Address. At 4 p.m, Quintan Wiktorowicz, Senior Director for Global Engagement at the White House and Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez will offer closing remarks.

On May 19, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale; Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric Schwartz; and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg will deliver opening remarks at the “Building Partnerships with U.S. Government” portion of the forum at the Ronald Reagan Building. Following this session, various government agencies and offices will host roundtable discussions where participants will have the chance to learn about opportunities for collaboration.

For more information on the three-day program, click here.

Credentialed members of the media will have several opportunities to cover the conference on May 17 and 18. All open press remarks will be in the Loy Henderson Auditorium at the Department of State unless otherwise noted. Media interested in attending any of the Global Diaspora Forum should RSVP to JensenHJ@state.gov.

TUESDAY MAY 17

10:10 a.m. Under Secretary Otero delivers remarks at the opening plenary session of the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
Pre-set for video cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Watch live at www.state.gov.

10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers the Keynote Address to the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
Pre-set for video cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Watch live at www.state.gov.

12:00 p.m. USAID Administrator Raj Shah delivers remarks on “Diasporas and Development” to the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
Watch live at www.state.gov.
All media should meet at 11:30 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.


5:00 p.m. U.S. Trade and Development Director Leocadia Zak and Gustavo Arnavat, US Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank deliver closing remarks to the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
All media should meet at 4:30 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

WEDNESDAY MAY 18

9:00 a.m.
Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, deliver opening remarks to the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State..
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
All media should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

1:30 p.m. Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes delivers a keynote address to the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
All media should meet at 1:00 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Remarks will be available online at www.diasporaalliance.org following the adjournment of the Forum.

4:00 p.m. Quintan Wiktorowicz, Senior Director for Global Engagement at the White House, and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez deliver closing remarks to the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
All media should meet at 3:30 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

CONTACTS:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492
RSVP to JensenHJ@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
Office of Global Partnership Initiatives
Jim Thompson, Deputy Special Representative
(202) 647-3227

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or
(3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license or passport). Please allow adequate time to process through security.



PRN: 2011/743



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