Energy’s Vital Role in Burma’s Future

Only 26% of Burma’s population has access to electricity. Learn about energy’s vital role in Burma’s future in this latest DipNote entry.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Presents the Small/Medium Enterprise winner of the 2012 ACE Award to Tea Importers, Inc., for Sorwate, Ltd. Rwanda in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 2012. [Go to for a full text transcript.]

Along the New Silk Road

The Amir Temur Museum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, shown January 2002, houses information about Temur, the 14th century conqueror and Uzbek national hero, as well as exhibits on the history of Uzbekistan. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Siriana Nair serves as Senior Economic Officer in the Office of Regional Affairs in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

My journey on the road to Samarkand brings me to the Navoi International Airport and cargo facility, where I am met by airport executives who brief me and my colleagues on the joint venture cargo operation between Uzbekistan Airways and Korean Air. They give us a tour of the site, noting that Korea is Uzbekistan’s fourth largest trading partner, after Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. Trade with the United States, on the other hand, is a mere two percent of Uzbekistan’s total trade, highlighting the enormous potential for future growth. On the tour, I learn that weekly flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, and other South and East Asian cities use the facility for shipping their goods to Europe, Russia, and the Middle East — a very modern incarnation of the ancient Silk Road.… more »

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presents the 2012 ACE Large Enterprise award to Intel Products, Vietnam, in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 2012. Go to for a full text transcript.

On the Road to Samarkand

Women pick cotton in the town of Andijan, East of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, April 6, 2005. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Siriana Nair serves as Senior Economic Officer in the Office of Regional Affairs in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

Samarkand, Bukhara, Kabul, Aktau, Dushanbe, Kashgar…the road signs we pass just before leaving the tree-lined streets of Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital city, remind us that we’re following the well-worn trails of the ancient Silk Road. At the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Central Asia was once a global center for the exchange of goods, ideas, and people. Today, the region is among the least economically connected areas in the world. I’m visiting Uzbekistan to explore how the United States can help promote what Secretary Clinton has envisioned as a “New Silk Road,” restoring transit, trade, commercial, and people-to-people linkages between Central and South Asia, with Afghanistan at its heart. 

The idea behind the New Silk Road vision is to use economic… more »

The “American Brand”—A Symbol of Quality and Innovation

President and CEO of General Electric ASEAN, Stuart Dean, second from left, signs documents during the signing ceremony between Sea Lion Co. Ltd., General Electric Healthcare and Bahosi and Pun Hlaing Hospitals in Rangoon, Burma, July. 14, 2012. Witness at the signing are from left., U.S. Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell, Stuart Dean, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco Sanchez, Managing Director of SEA Lion, Win Zaw Aung, and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Robert Hormats. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Robert D. Hormats serves as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.

On the Fourth of July, I wrote an entry celebrating the “American Brand.” I feel even more strongly about the importance and value of the “American Brand” after a recent trip to South East Asia and the Middle East.

I traveled throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma with businessmen and women from over 50 of America’s best companies seeking opportunities to increase trade and investment in the region. The delegations — which were organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council — met with Secretary Clinton and senior foreign business leaders and government officials, including several heads of state.

Our delegations were enthusiastically greeted in every country we visited. Business and government leaders there recognized… more »

U.S.-ASEAN Business Forum Strengthens Economic Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Forum and Dinner in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on July 13, 2012. [State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Victor Duncan serves as an intern in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy. He is a graduate student who served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

On July 13, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Siem Reap, Cambodia, to meet with 200 senior government officials and business leaders from the United States and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries at the “Commitment to Connectivity: The U.S.-ASEAN Business Forum” conference. The event was hosted by the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The conference brought together public and private sector leaders to address opportunities and challenges that will shape the direction of U.S.-ASEAN economic cooperation. The conference is part of the State Department’s ongoing commitment toEconomic Statecraft and supporting U.S. businesses abroad.

With the participation of high-level U.S. government officials, ASEAN,… more »

Celebrating the “American Brand”

Workers watch as an American flag flaps in the wind, June 14, 2012 in New York. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Robert D. Hormats serves as Under Secretary of State forEconomic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.

As we gathered last week to celebrate the Fourth of July, I am reminded of what makes America such a great nation of innovation. I am reminded also that “Made in America” means something very special in the United States and around the world. And, I am reminded that the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness bestowed upon all Americans are at the heart of the “American Brand.”

American companies sell innovative, high-quality goods and services that are highly valued. In 2011, Interbrand, the world largest brand consultancy, determined that all of the top ten brands were American: Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, Google, GE, McDonald’s, Intel, Apple, Disney, and Hewlett-Packard. Whether working at home or abroad, these companies, and many others, demonstrate ideals that are paramount to the success and value of their respective brands — they engage… more »

Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership Inspires Young African Leaders

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Johnnie Carson and participants at the Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership with Young African Leaders at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Brittany Young serves in the Bureau of African Affairs.

"There’s huge opportunity…in Africa," said Stephen Cashin, CEO of Pan-African Capital. The continent’s intractable problems such as malaria and other public health crises, he said, do not need to be holding the continent back. because they can be addressed. The audience — an eclectic group gathered at the Palomar in Washington, D.C. — applauded in agreement. With participants from the Central African Republic, Kenya, and even the tiny island of Mauritius, the event brought together young entrepreneurs from across Africa to help promote growth on the continent.

Since mid-June, 62 young African business and social entrepreneurs have been networking and interacting with peers and mentors in the United States under the Innovation… more »

Remarks at the Climate Clean Air Coalition and Green Embassy Event

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Helsinki, Finland
June 27, 2012

Thank you so much. I am absolutely delighted to be back in Helsinki and to have some time to visit about the issues that we are working on together, the challenges we are facing together, and I’m grateful to the Ambassador for his leadership. I personally want to thank Bruce and Cody for their enthusiastic expression of American interests and American values and their outreach to Fins everywhere. Because it’s not just about government-to-government, it is about people-to-people, and I’m extremely impressed by what they have done. And Bruce, this innovation building behind us is a perfect example of economic statecraft, of partnership, of innovation, and I’m excited about what you’re going to be able to accomplish there.

I want to thank the ministers for being here. Of course, I have had the chance to work with Alex before when he served in a different capacity. And I’ve heard that really terrible southern accent before, but the good spirit with which it is delivered has never failed to bring a smile to my face. And it has been very important to follow through on a lot of the good work that sustains itself between our two countries regardless of what government, what party, what individuals hold positions. MORE.