For Immediate Release: October 17, 2013
Contact: Mary Trupo (202) 482-3809
International Trade Administration Implements Organizational Changes to Offer Better Client Services
WASHINGTON – Today, the International Trade Administration (ITA) announced that it has fully implemented its first major organizational change in more than 30 years. The change reflects ITA’s adaptation to the evolution of global markets, technology, and competition.
“Just as companies must change and adapt to ensure they provide cost-effective, high-quality products and services that meet the demands of their clients, so too must government agencies adapt to continuously improve their performance and make the best use of scarce public funds,” Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sánchez said. “In this process, ITA’s objectives were to capitalize on our strengths and identify opportunities for innovation and to reduce inefficiencies and improve communication across the organization. I believe we accomplish this through our new organizational structure.”
ITA’s reorganization consolidates its four business divisions into three more efficient and functionally aligned units. The new units are Global Markets, Industry and Analysis, and Enforcement and Compliance.
The Global Markets unit combines ITA’s country and regional experts, overseas and domestic field staff, and specific trade promotion programs. The unit, which provides U.S. firms with the full suite of country-specific export promotion services and market access advocacy, also promotes the United States as an investment destination.
The Industry and Analysis (I&A) unit brings together ITA’s industry, trade, and economic experts to advance the competitiveness of U.S. industries through the development and execution of international trade and investment policies and promotion strategies. I&A will leverage ITA’s relationships with manufacturing and services industries to increase U.S. exports.
The Enforcement and Compliance unit enhances ITA’s responsibilities to enforce U.S. trade laws and ensure compliance with trade agreements negotiated on behalf of U.S. industry.
“ITA is the best resource for U.S companies competing globally, and we must ensure that we are providing the best possible support for our clients as the global economy continues to grow and change,” Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade Ken Hyatt said. “Our consolidation will better align key functions to support U.S. businesses and their workers more efficiently and effectively, while supporting our ongoing efforts to advance President Obama’s goals as set forth in the National Export Initiative.”
The consolidation will enable ITA to improve operations and the delivery of services to help American businesses win globally and provide clearer points of contact for private sector clients. Moreover, the consolidation will create a flexible organization structure, and foster an innovative culture that can adapt to changing priorities and new global realities to meet client needs.
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