News: Obama on Challenges and Rewards of Globalization

August 14, 2016

On July 9, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to representatives at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland on a number of relevant topics including Brexit and globalization.


He said, "I'm not sure it's accurate to say that I am a huge booster of globalization. What is accurate to say is that I believe the process of globalization is here to stay."


gpi-obama globalization-homeHe remarked that the main drivers of a globalized, integrated world are advances in technology, the mobility of capital and the growing global supply chain.


Earlier, on June 24, he spoke at the 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University, praising multicultural youth whose desire for innovation is creating the jobs of the 21st century and is helping lift up entire populations.


He emphasized how entrepreneurship is the key to embracing the benefits that come with globalization, saying, "And part of our job is to make sure that we put more tools, more resources into the hands of these folks who are changing the world and making sure that all of you know each other, so that you can share best practices and ideas and spread the word."


To this end, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at the Department of Commerce launched its online Global Entrepreneurship Portal to provide U.S. innovators and businesses the knowledge, tools, and guards necessary to protect their technologies and navigate intellectual property regimes in foreign countries as they scale their businesses across borders and markets.


In a press release, the Department of Commerce said that the Global Entrepreneurship Portal will arm innovators, from solo inventors to Fortune 500 companies, with tools to facilitate exports and empower global expansions.


Benefits to be gained by global integration are widely acknowledged and include access to foreign markets, free trade, bigger competition between companies that lowers prices for consumers, new job creation and the flow of technology and capital into poor countries.


However, Obama warned that it should be done responsibly or we risk increased inequality, people being left behind and reaching a situation where "workers have less leverage while capital has more".


He proposes that a careful economic plan for transition will ensure wages are high enough and that social healthcare and pensions are taken care of for all. If this isn't done, he warns, there will be a backlash towards globalization.

To read more, please see: Read President Obama's Remarks on 'Brexit' and Globalization and FACT SHEET: Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

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Natalie was born and raised in the state of Montana, USA where she graduated from The University of Montana with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Her international experience includes two summer programs, one at The European Business School in Germany and the other at The University of Brescia in Italy. She studied a variety of global business subjects including international business, trade, culture and language. Key projects for her undergrad studies included meeting with executives from large corporations such as Lufthansa, Opel, and The European Central Bank as well as working with the design team on the marketing plan for the 2015 World Fair in Milan, Italy. She has a range of global event management experience including organization of the Annual Mansfield Conference on the Middle East and the China Town Hall meeting series. Her hobbies include yoga, cooking, reading, being outdoors and traveling.