Partnership Opportunity Delegations (POD) are an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships (GP) that help foster deeper collaboration and cooperation between the United States, countries of strategic importance, and the private sector. PODs are a scalable and tailorable mechanism to effectively and efficiently explore a wide range of potential partnerships, and opportunities to collaborate on specific, discrete projects that advance policy priorities. Past PODs have explored partnership opportunities in Armenia, Tanzania, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Colombia, Myanmar, and Ethiopia.

POD participants may include (but are not limited to) established companies, start-ups, educational institutions, creative industries, diaspora groups, investors, and ecosystem developers.  Through a POD, participants take part in facilitated introductions to the host country’s public and private sector leaders to discuss potential projects, partnerships, and business opportunities.  Participants gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges offered by the host country market, and make connections needed to develop and leverage social capital to get mutually beneficial deals done.

Upcoming PODs include:

  • Greece – March 9-13, 2020: The Office of Global Partnerships (GP) will organize a POD to Greece to explore collaboration and cooperation between U.S. institutions and Greece’s private sector and government around 5G infrastructure, digital infrastructure, and cybersecurity.  This trip will focus on exploring how the U.S. private sector can share its own best practices and expand American strategic and business interests, all while contributing to the ongoing growth and stability of the Greek economy by collaborating on projects related to 5G and cybersecurity. This POD is an extension of the Department of State’s dedication to working in collaboration with our private sector to boost Greece’s economic revival and technological revolution while deepening our shared democratic values.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming POD or would like to learn more, please contact us at partnerships@state.gov.

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