Video Remarks for Global Economic Statecraft Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 8, 2012

As soon as I took office, I immediately realized that many of the problems around the world do not respect dividing lines between economics and diplomacy.  To meet the challenges of the 21st century we needed to start thinking differently.  So last fall, I announced the State Department’s ambitious Economic Statecraft agenda, which is putting our diplomacy to work to strengthen our economy at home and produce real results for the American people, harnessing the forces of global economics to strengthen our diplomacy abroad.

We have to position ourselves to lead in a world where security and prosperity are shaped in boardrooms and on trading floors as well as battlefields.  That is why I am pleased to announce a new initiative called Global Economic Statecraft Day.

On June 14, American embassies and consulates around the world will host events that highlight our economic statecraft agenda, create American jobs, and strengthen our shared economic future.  Businesses, governments, and civil society leaders will come together to find new ways to invest and work together – whether through a public dialogue, a partnership announcement, or a meeting to discuss export opportunities.  We are sending the message to people in every region – the United States is open for business and tourism, and we have the economic tools to create new jobs and expand trade and investment – at home and abroad. 

Our diplomatic efforts are producing real returns for the American people and building a more prosperous future for our economic partners.

I want to thank President Obama for his support and leadership.  And I want to thank all of our diplomats and development experts around the world who are out there every day supporting America’s economic renewal and laying the foundations for sustained global prosperity.

I look forward to hearing about the concrete new ideas that come out of Global Economic Statecraft Day, and hope that this day spurs results for years to come.