February 2, 2000
Morrie Goodman (202) 482-4883
Daniel Cruise (202) 482-3809
UNDER SECRETARY DAVID AARON TO LEAVE COMMERCE
of Commerce William Daley announced today that Ambassador David
Aaron, Under Secretary for International Trade, would be leaving
his post March 31, to return to the private sector. "He brought
enormous energy and credibility to the International Trade Administration,"
said Daley. "We will miss his leadership and diplomatic skills."
David Aaron joined the Commerce Department in November 1997,
after having served as Ambassador to the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development in Paris. As head of the International
Trade Administration, Ambassador Aaron has been responsible for
enforcing US trade laws, promoting exports, contributing to Administration
trade policy, opening foreign markets and resolving commercial
disputes with foreign governments.
He has provided strong support for US business efforts throughout
the world, in particular in Europe, China, and the rest of Asia.
Ambassador Aaron was the Administration's point person on international
e-commerce issues such as privacy, EU biotech regulations and
European aircraft noise rules. He also sought to head-off disputes
with Europe by providing early warning of potential trade differences
over standards and regulations. Ambassador Aaron has been responsible
for following up the recommendations of the Trans-Atlantic Business
Dialogue, including implementation of mutual recognition agreements
and reconciling the standards for wireless telecommunications
During his tenure, he helped open markets in China for insurance
and telecommunications by intensifying and raising the level of
our commercial dialogue. He established hot-lines where businesses
could seek the full support of the US government to fight trade
discrimination and corruption. To help US exporters take advantage
of e-commerce and the Internet, he initiated the development of
new online products and services. Through commercial diplomacy,
he supported US foreign policy goals by helping U.S. businesses
get involved in the reconstruction of Central America for Hurricane
Mitch and of Southeast Europe after the war in Kosovo.
Ambassador Aaron also served as White House envoy for cryptography
and in his previous position of U.S. Permanent Representative
to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,
he was instrumental in negotiating the Convention making bribery
in international business transactions a crime.
"He has been a tireless advocate for US businesses around the
world," said Secretary Daley. "By opening markets and defending
US trading rights he has helped companies of all sizes across
Ambassador Aaron will be joining the Washington office of the
law firm of Dorsey & Whitney as Senior International Advisor.