Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 17, 2012


On February 21-22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham 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 of the event will feature sessions 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 will include breakout sessions, hosted by the State Department’s regional Assistant Secretaries, to discuss regional strategies to advance shared economic interests.

The following events on the first day will be open to the press:

  • Opening session with remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk (8:45 to 9:15 a.m.) – Loy Henderson Auditorium
  • Remarks by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue (9:15 to 9:45 a.m.) – Loy Henderson Auditorium
  • Keynote remarks by Secretary Clinton and Boeing Company Chairman, President, and CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. (12:45 p.m.) – Benjamin Franklin Room
  • Remarks by John Bryson, Secretary of Commerce (3:00 to 3:45 p.m.) – Loy Henderson Auditorium

The Secretary’s remarks will be livestreamed on state.gov.

Pre-set times for press covering the morning events:
- Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:10 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.
- Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Pre-set times for press covering the Secretary’s Keynote remarks:
- Pre-set time for video cameras: 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.
- Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 12:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Pre-set times for press covering the remarks in the afternoon:
- Pre-set time for video cameras: 2:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.
- Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Events on the second day are closed press.

Media representatives may attend these events 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: 2012/251