Keynote Address at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 24th Annual Briefing

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Dean Acheson Auditorium
Washington, DC
November 18, 2009

Via Video Message

I am pleased to address you this morning at the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s 24th annual briefing.

OSAC plays a major role in protecting the U.S. private sector overseas against terrorism and other threats by sharing information, providing guidance, and promoting best practices. Their worldwide network helps to identify, track, and alert members to critical emerging issues and to provide risk management guidance.

These practices are driven entirely by you, people from the private sector and NGOs. And I urge you to take advantage of all OSAC has to offer, including the conference and events it hosts every year to provide guidance on travel safety and risk assessment, which are essential to keeping our citizens safe abroad.

I am delighted that such a close, flourishing relationship between our nation’s governments and businesses has lasted all these years. And I hope you will join me and OSAC as partners as we work to protect and strengthen America’s public and private sectors in the years to come.

Thank you for all you do and best wishes for a productive briefing.

PRN: 2009/1152