Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 14, 2012

On February 21-22, Secretary Clinton will host the first-ever State Department Global Business Conference. The conference will bring together senior officials from U.S. business support organizations from over 100 countries; U.S private sector executives focused on international business; and senior U.S. Government leaders from the White House, the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Energy, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Building on the President’s agenda to accelerate America’s economic renewal, the conference will highlight how the U.S. Government can promote U.S. businesses abroad, increase U.S. exports, attract new investment to the United States, and create American jobs.

The first day will include remarks by Secretary Clinton, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas Donohue, and The Boeing Company Chairman, President, and CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. It will also feature panel discussions and small group meetings on export promotion, increasing foreign investment in the United States, creating public-private partnerships, facilitating business and leisure travel to the United States, and key policy topics of interest to businesses abroad. The second day of the conference will include breakout sessions, hosted by the State Department’s regional Assistant Secretaries, to discuss regional strategies to advance shared economic interests.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks during an afternoon luncheon will be open to the press. Other press details for the conference will be forthcoming.

Media representatives may attend this briefing 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 (driver’s license or passport).

Press Contact:
Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2012/218