“Our problems have never respected dividing lines between global economics and international diplomacy. And neither can our solutions. That is why I have put what I call economic statecraft at the heart of our foreign policy agenda.” – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Connecting Businesses and Creating Jobs: We are championing U.S. business abroad and encouraging our partners to invest here and create American jobs.
Economics at the Forefront of our Foreign Policy: We are collaborating around the globe on shared economic interests and addressing a host of new challenges. We are working with our partners make it easier for U.S. businesses to sell goods and services overseas by promoting a level playing field between state-owned and privately-owned companies and by reducing intellectual property theft and corruption.
Economic Solutions for Strategic Challenges: From the trade and economic programs responding to the transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, to our diplomatic work to create a New Silk Road in Central Asia, we are turning to economic solutions to promote the security of the United States and our partners.
U.S. embassies around the world are hosting nearly 250 events in more than 130 countries to encourage connections between American businesses and foreign markets. Here are just a few examples:
AUSTRALIA – Embassies Canberra and Consulate Sydney are leading a webinar for U.S. firms to access clean energy opportunities in Australia.
BOTSWANA – Embassy Gabarone is inaugurating “Future Leaders in Business,” to bring together entrepreneurs and young professionals to work on trade and economic growth.
BRAZIL – Embassy Brasilia is hosting a Direct Line to American Business webchat to connect American business with export opportunities in Brazil.
GERMANY – Embassy Berlin is hosting a roundtable discussion with Siemens executives to discuss the energy development sector, and how American companies and workers can profit from recent innovation.
HONDURAS – Embassy Tegucigalpa will hold ten events throughout the week, including functions hosted by the Ambassador with local businesses and economic experts, as well as a video conference with the Tegucigalpa Chamber of Commerce.
JAPAN – Consulate Okinawa will host a recipe and cooking contest for leading hotel chefs to promote the use and export of U.S. agricultural products.
TUNISIA – Embassy Tunis will host a U.S. trade delegation, led by Undersecretary of State Hormats. The delegation will discuss trade and investment opportunities with private sector leaders and with Tunisian Prime Minister Jebali.
UZBEKISTAN – Embassy Tashkent will host American business representatives and local business women to work on expanding opportunities for women entrepreneurs and regional trade.