Today we are beginning to accept nominations for the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, which will take place in Washington, D.C. next spring. This event is the direct result of President Obama’s speech in Cairo last June. In that speech, the President sought to establish a new beginning built on the basis of mutual respect, the pursuit of partnerships in areas of mutual interest, and the shared principles and aspirations that bring us together as human beings.
It is my belief that the spirit of entrepreneurship is shared by all people regardless of culture, or national borders, and that entrepreneurial activity can serve as a catalyst to promote economic growth, create jobs, and benefit people around the world.
That is why I’m encouraging entrepreneurs, investors, academics, leaders of entrepreneurship networks, foundations, and businesses and all those focused on advancing entrepreneurship in Muslim-majority countries, and Muslim communities to nominate delegates to the Summit. If you’d like to help shape the agenda for the Summit, you can share your ideas. Furthermore, you can stay up-to-date on the Summit using Twitter.
Gary Locke is Secretary of Commerce