Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Islamabad, Pakistan
March 27, 2012


It is an honor to help bring so many talented young people together in one place to talk about how entrepreneurship can promote economic growth, peace, and prosperity in Pakistan.

The next great innovator could be sitting right next to you, or you yourself in this room where you are gathered. Because after all, today’s well-known entrepreneurs, like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Tara Dawood, all started out as you are now – a person with a dream that could change the world and then harnessed it to the drive to see it succeed.

The United States is working to promote entrepreneurship around the world through initiatives like our Global Entrepreneurship Program and by working with organizations like the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We are also working to help to connect Pakistani entrepreneurs with members of the Pakistani-American Diaspora who are eager to support new business ideas in Pakistan. We want to nurture a culture of creativity and promote conditions where entrepreneurs can thrive and ideas can flourish, because we believe everyone deserves a chance to create a positive future for themselves and their country.

Each of you has that chance to help shape the future of your country through your ideas and your ambition. The people of Pakistan have always had an inspired entrepreneurial spirit, and I hope this event will spark an ongoing dialogue that opens up new opportunities for all of you. Thank you. Thank you for dreaming, thank you for doing, thank you for participating in this important conference. I wish you not only a very productive day, but many days, months and years ahead. Good luck.