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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Addresses the 2nd Annual Global Diaspora Forum in Washington DC

John Hartnett and Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed over 400 delegates to the 2nd annual Global Diaspora Forum held in Washington DC on July 25-26, 2012.  The two-day conference was co-sponsored by the US State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Here are Secretary Clinton's remarks.

 "The gathering challenges diaspora communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective, scalable, and sustainable," according to the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA)

Several Irish delegates spoke at the forum, including John Hartnett, President and Founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, and Kingsley Aikins, founder of Diaspora Matters.

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