Focusing On Exports in China and Around the World
As we approach the close of 2014, my year is ending in a similar fashion to how my tenure at ITA began.
My first official trip as Under Secretary was to Beijing for the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue. And 2014 will end with a trip to Chicago for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade or JCCT.
Then again, since China is our third largest export market and second largest trade partner, China has never been far from my focus during my time here at ITA.
And while we anticipate a productive JCCT, I would not expect any “House of Cards” drama to come out of Chicago.
This was our first year hosting a series of Discover Global Markets events, and the series has been an incredible success for ITA and for the more than 2000 companies that have attended. From San Antonio to Detroit, New York to Atlanta, the DGMs have been a great platform for our commercial diplomats to counsel U.S. firms on new export opportunities, notably SMEs. These companies learned how to increase their sales and support American jobs by exporting and exporting more.
And the first DGM of the 2015 season will be in Santa Clara, California. We are excited about this three-day event that will focus on promoting global opportunities in the area of sustainable solutions.
But reflecting on endings always invites reflecting on beginnings. And a great beginning includes starting a career in our foreign commercial service.
Next year, we will be starting the process of hiring a new class of foreign commercial service officers. Those new hires will help expand our global footprint, particularly as we open new offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Tunisia, China, and Burma.
For some, this could mean the opportunity to explore a new country and to be immersed in a new culture.
For those with families, a career in the FCS could mean providing an extraordinary opportunity for children to see the world.
What I can say for sure is that our new class will be joining a team that is already doing an outstanding job of helping American businesses and moving American commerce forward every day.
I would like to thank everyone for making 2014 a great year for ITA and for the U.S. companies who are making global business a part of their DNA.