Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the first-ever State Department Global Business Conference on Tuesday.
Speaking to an audience of both private sector executives and government officials, she discussed several measures State is taking to enhance “jobs diplomacy” initiatives. The agency plans to promote U.S. businesses, attract investment back to the country and allow for fair competition, Clinton said.
“American companies haven’t always seen the federal government as an ally, and I know the State Department has not always been the first call when you’re looking for help. So we can and we will, and in fact we are doing better,” Clinton said.
“I have made 'jobs diplomacy' a priority mission at the State Department, with a clear goal: Just as our companies are ready to out-work, out-innovate, and out-compete their rivals, so we intend to be the most effective diplomatic champions for prosperity and growth,” she said.