The Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the White House, Ziad Haider, said the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is intended to bring entrepreneurs together from across the continent to create connections that will help them succeed.
Speaking to journalists, LiveAtState, U.S. Department of State’s interactive online video platform at the U.S Embassy in Monrovia, Mr. Haider said the summit will ensure that entrepreneurs get access to credit from banks in their various countries, and to also help boost their economy.
“GES will bring together approximately 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and business representatives from around the globe to share ideas and build connections,” he said.
Looking at the economic constraints in these countries, Mr. Haider said the 2016 U.S. Silicon Valley summit will help them get inspired and connected with great American entrepreneurs.
The U.S. Diplomat, who is also leading the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in assisting and promoting U.S. business interests overseas, said the summit will ensure that private sector concerns are fully integrated into U.S. foreign and economic policy; and promoting global entrepreneurship and the protection of intellectual property rights.
Previewing the 2016 GES yesterday, Mr. Haider promised that the U.S. Government will continue to provide opportunities for people around the global and help create jobs for ordinary people.
“GES will be an opportunity for these investors and supporters to connect with entrepreneurs and discover new solutions and opportunities for the markets where they invest.
“One of the principal goals of GES is to increase the opportunities available to promising entrepreneurs from around the world through access to capital and mentorship,” said the U.S. Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs. “By welcoming an unprecedented number of investors to this year’s GES, we are able to achieve this goal and showcase the talent, solutions, and opportunity that exist around the world directly to investors.”
Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, who also served as one of the panellists, said the hope of the U.S. Government is that they will be inspired to incubate, invest in, and develop their full potential. “This is the core of GES by making lasting connections that help entrepreneurs succeed and transform innovative ideas into reality.”
Ms. Vaca called on participants who are attending the summit to take it serious, that they will be inspired by other women and young entrepreneurs by showing them how they too can succeed.
It may be recalled that three Liberian entrepreneurs, Naomi Tulay Solanke of the Community Healthcare Initiative, as well as Charles D. Cooper and Mlen-Too Wesley of Cookshop.biz, are expected to join other participants from around the world to attend this year’s summit in Silicon Valley in the United States.
The largest share of the selected entrepreneurs comes from information technology (94 attendees), education (91 attendees), technology (56 attendees), health (54 attendees) and energy (44 attendees) industries.
Selected entrepreneurs also represent the artisan sector, innovative agriculture, and the creative industries.