National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler joined Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the State Department earlier this week for the final report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy. Engler and former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) served as co-chairmen of the group.
As the Committee has suggested, we have now created a Global Partnership Center. More and more in the 21st century, diplomacy, development, and strategic communications are not going to be the work of governments alone. To succeed in all these endeavors, the United States will need the active engagement of our private sector, our schools, our universities, our NGOs, and private individuals. This new Center enables the Department to build better and coordinate better the public-private partnerships that we need to be effective in the 21st century.
Let me stress that reforming and transforming the State Department is a long-term effort. It began before me, with my friend and predecessor, Colin Powell. And I’m quite confident that it will continue long into the future. This is a critical national security priority, and to succeed we will need the support of the Congress, the American people and of concerned men and women throughout the country.
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