By Vicki Needham - 04/23/10 07:37 PM EDT
Job creation and improving trade between the United States and Muslim countries are a couple of goals of a White House summit and the projects on the agenda are expected to outline the federal government's role.
Trade between the U.S. and Muslim countries stands at $360 billion and is growing, an official said.
"We're forging tangible partnerships in critical areas," an official said.
The focus will of the summit will be on science, education, women in business and technology. About 250 participants from more than 50 countries are expected to attend.
"This summit is not just what our government is doing but the kind of action to galvanize the private sector, foundations and other governments," and official said. "We need greater momentum."
In June 2009, President Barack Obama announced the summit and shortly thereafter, U.S. embassies around the world began holding roundtable discussions with communities to determine topics.