For Immediate Release: May 1, 2013
Contact: Mary Trupo (202) 482-3809
Statement from U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco SÁnchez on World Trade Month 2013
WASHINGTON – U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez today issued a statement marking the start of World Trade Month. During May, events will take place across the country to promote American trade relationships and provide resources to businesses looking to export their goods and services.
“World Trade Month is an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of international trade to accelerating economic growth in the United States. As Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, I am committed to helping American companies build things here and sell them all over the world. Throughout the month, the Department of Commerce will partner with public and private sector organizations to help connect U.S. businesses of all sizes to the vast commercial opportunities existing outside our borders, where 95 percent of the world’s consumers live. Doing so will advance President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to support millions of new, good-paying U.S. jobs through export growth.”
In keeping with this theme, the Department of Commerce will recognize export successes of U.S. companies at the 51st Annual President’s E-Awards Ceremony on May 20. These awards celebrate significant contributions to increasing our nation’s exports and creating good-paying jobs. The month also includes National Travel and Tourism Week, World Trade Week, and the anniversary of the enactment of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement.
“During this month and beyond, the Obama administration will continue working to ensure a level international playing field for American workers and businesses. We are negotiating agreements to further open markets in Asia and Europe, while celebrating the anniversary of the landmark U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement. At the same time, we remain committed to investigating any unfair trade practices affecting American companies. As the Obama administration has said before, we have the best workers and the best businesses in the world, and if the playing field is level, America always wins.”
For more information about World Trade Month, please visit www.trade.gov.
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