WASHINGTON  - US President Obama promised Saturday new tax incentives for firms that create jobs in the US — and punishment for those who export them overseas.

In his weekly address, the president said that in the next few weeks, he will “put forward new tax proposals that reward companies that choose to do the right thing by bringing jobs home and investing in America - and eliminate tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.”  The comments came after Obama held a White House summit with business leaders this week to discuss ways of bringing outsourced American jobs back home while growing the US economy.

The business figures at the event included senior executives from Ford, DuPont, Otis Elevator Company, Intel, Siemens USA and Rolls Royce North America.

The president said he had pledged these business leaders his firm support if they continue on the path of job creation.

“I’ll make sure you’ve got a government that does everything in its power to help you succeed,” he said.

The president also showcased his plan to merge six US trade and commerce agencies in an effort to cut red tape for businesses and end government overlap.

“These changes will make it easier for small business owners to get the loans and support they need to sell their products around the world,” Obama said.