U.S. State Department Launches "American Innovation Roadshow" Across Asia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 24, 2016


The State Department will launch the first segment of its “American Innovation Roadshow” across Asia next month, as announced by Secretary of State John Kerry during his speech on “America and the Asia-Pacific: Partners in Prosperity" in Singapore.

Senior members of Secretary Kerry's economic team will lead business delegations that comprise a mix of leadership from U.S. multinational companies, financial investors, and successful early stage companies.

The Roadshow will showcase the American brand of innovation and entrepreneurship with the objective of promoting shared prosperity and inclusive growth.

The Roadshow has three objectives: to highlight American approaches to entrepreneurship as embodied in the experiences of the delegation members; to engage with Asian entrepreneurs to strengthen their ties to America’s innovation and entrepreneurship communities; and to encourage local and national governments in Asia to develop regulatory environments that foster innovation, attract investors, and create jobs.

Nurturing innovation and new business formation in international markets is critical for achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and will also increase opportunities for U.S. businesses overseas.

In the first segment of the Roadshow, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, Ambassador David H. Thorne, will lead a delegation to Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines from March 1-11.

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will lead another delegation across four cities in India – New Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad – from March 14-18.

The American Innovation Roadshow builds on the momentum of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit during which President Obama hosted the ASEAN leaders in a session on innovation and entrepreneurship and announced a related new initiative: U.S.-ASEAN Connect.

It will also pave the way for the seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit that the U.S. will host in Silicon Valley this summer.

For updates, follow Ambassador Thorne on Facebook and Twitter @Amb_Thorne, and Assistant Secretary Rivkin on Facebook and Twitter @AmbRivkin and @EconEngage.