"The genius of creative Americans, and the free system that enables them, is critical to American security and prosperity." – 2017 National Security Strategy
In 2018, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs began holding a series of Innovation Roundtable meetings on emerging technology and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) issues to promote U.S. economic interests and development through increased engagement and cooperation with U.S. private sector entities that operate domestically and abroad.
This facilitates business development, trade, investment, and greater unity of purpose among American business leaders seeking to ensure that the United States continues to remain at the leading edge of global technology innovation.
Through the Innovation Roundtable series, the State Department works with the U.S. private sector to identify and promote market opportunities abroad for emerging technology sectors such as:
- Automated Vehicles
- Digital Payments
- Digital Assets
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cloud computing