Global is Local
Trade and investment promotion is at the core of our mission at ITA. And what my recent and coming travels prove is that when it comes to commerce, global truly is the new local.
In September and October, Secretary Pritzker and I led a high-level delegation on an economic fact-finding trip to Poland and Turkey. That delegation—members of the President's Export Council (PEC)—is the principal advisory committee on international trade to the president. Business leaders from the some of the country's top companies also attended the trip.
Our agenda included meetings with business leaders and high ranking officials from both countries, as well as events hosted by the Polish and Turkish American Chambers of Commerce, and a variety of roundtables on energy and innovation.
We will be submitting a report to President Obama outlining opportunities and challenges in each country.
Next week, I head to Shanghai, for a series of meetings that will include a discussion with representatives of Amazon, Google, and Alibaba on e-commerce; exploring foreign direct investment opportunities into the United States through our SelectUSA program; a visit to the Honeywell Technology Innovation Center; and a trip to Shanghai Disney.
After Shanghai comes Lima, where I will lead my first trade mission as head of ITA. The mission will focus on creating a strong clean energy environment in Peru and introducing U.S. exporters to key Peruvian government officials and regulators.
We will be promoting the entire suite of U.S. renewable and clean, efficient energy sources: wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and other technologies. The trip will also focus on how to scale up investment in these sectors.
But I never lose sight of the fact that it is our second-to-none commercial service offices that turns potential opportunities into realized ones. It is our fantastic staff in Poland, Turkey, Shanghai, China, and Peru who will move the ball forward long after I leave these countries.
Domestically, the U.S. Commercial Service continued its Discover Global Market series, where U.S. businesses connect with our trade diplomats to learn about new export opportunities. The series included an event on Greater China markets in New York where I delivered keynote remarks, and we will hold our next event on the Americas in North Carolina on October 29 through the 31st.
Thanks to all of you for supporting U.S. exports and business investment.