Pompeo and Rutte kick off GES 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opened the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2019) in The Hague this afternoon. GES 2019 is hosting 2,000 delegates, most of whom are selected scale-up and start-up entrepreneurs. The international summit will also be attended by corporate and other business leaders, investors, academics and political leaders. Both Secretary of State Pompeo and Prime Minister Rutte expressed their satisfaction that this year’s event is taking place in the Netherlands and underlined the importance of innovative entrepreneurship to improving the lives of people all over the world.

GES 2019 offers a wealth of opportunities, noted Mr Pompeo. ‘For established multinational businesses and scale ups. For institutional and private investors. In fact, for the world as a whole. Because the Global Entrepreneurship Summit has a long-standing tradition of building connections that make the world better and at the same time make a healthy profit.’ Prime Minister Rutte spoke about the role business can play in addressing the major challenges the world is facing. ‘Climate change, food production, connectivity, energy and health. It’s crystal clear that society is your next big client. It’s clear that sustainability is by far the biggest business case of our time. And that innovation is key,’ he said.

The Dutch Prime Minister emphasized that strong societies are built on entrepreneurship and the principles of free trade. ‘Because entrepreneurship and the rule of law feed into one other. Because democracy, equality and political stability are prerequisites for prosperity and progress. And because in the end, fair competition and the protection of intellectual property benefit us all.’ Secretary of State Pompeo also spoke about the role of his audience in The Hague’s City Hall, referring to the D-Day commemorations later this week in Normandy. ‘By being here today, by celebrating the values of individual creativity and entrepreneurship, each of you are playing a part in the ongoing story of freedom,’ he said. ‘You might not be storming beaches with a rifle, but each of you are promoting human flourishing. Take what you learn here back to your home country, and use it to do what entrepreneurs do best: Solve problems and create value for your fellow man.’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and mayor Pauline Krikke opened the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2019).