AMBASSADOR David H. Thorne, senior advisor to the Secretary of State, on Thursday met Filipino researchers and scientists during the exhibit of their projects at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City (Metro Manila).
The exhibit was organized under the Stride (Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development) program that aims to spur economic growth by boosting science and technology research.
“I hope that [Stride] will generate new activities around the world. My hope for this is to continue stimulating university project and research. It’s a very worthwhile endeavor. I hope that we will be able to replicate this kind of activity in other places around the world,” Thorne said.
Stride is a unique program under USAID’s Partnership for Growth (PFG) project, a White House signature initiative through which the US and Philippine governments work together to improve economic growth and development in Manila.
Thorne’s visit at the event was part of “American Innovation Roadshow” to Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
The ambassador led a diverse delegation of US multinational companies, financial investors, and successful early stage American companies. They are scheduled to grace a series of forums over the weekend across the Philippines.
The roadshows showcase the American brand of innovation and entrepreneurship to primarily promote shared prosperity, he said.
Its objectives include the highlighting American approaches to entrepreneurship as embodied in the experiences of the delegation members; engaging with Asian entrepreneurs to strengthen their ties to America’s innovation and entrepreneurship communities; and encouraging local and national governments in Asia to develop regulatory environments that foster innovation, attract investors, and create jobs.