Global Economic Statecraft Day

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2012

“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.

  • The Direct LineThis program directly connects U.S. companies with our ambassadors and their economic teams in key markets, driving exports.
  • SelectUSA In partnership with the Department of Commerce, our embassies are recruiting foreign companies to expand to the United States. Investments by overseas business into our states and cities employ more than five million Americans.
  • Fifty States in Fifty DaysWe have an integrated social media campaign supported by 100 Embassy websites to promote each of the 50 states as an attractive tourist destination. Visit:
  • Online Business Tools Embassy websites now have business tools online to make it easier for the American businesses to connect to opportunities overseas.
  • Hometown Diplomats – We are deploying diplomats to visit their hometowns to explain how local companies can connect with markets overseas and attract foreign investment to their communities.

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.

Global Economic Statecraft Day: EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

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:

AUSTRALIAEmbassies 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.

PRN: 2012/970