Holmes Stoner Address at Holistic Approach to Ending Homelessness:Dignifying the Needy

New York 14 Feb, Holmes Stoner, Chairman of the American International Chamber of Commerce attended and spoke at a Dignifying the Needy (CSocD58 Side Event) of United Nations conference in New York on 14 February.

The government interventions approach to ending homelessness mainly centers on quick-fix solutions of moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing shelters, but it is important to address these complexities together when considering methods of addressing homelessness, as one strategy does not apply for every community. Affordable housing and social protection can have a tremendous impact in addressing homelessness.

For this purpose, the Side Event will Review the inter-connectedness between homelessness and poverty and health and well-being of homeless individuals or people at risk of it as well as explore options for reducing youth that is at risk of human trafficking, drug abuse, or broken homes; Elaborate on the importance of focusing on the various ways to contribute to ending homelessness, with a focus on individual roles because every contribution to supporting the cause counts; Highlight the critical importance on the preventative framework.

Holmes Stoner, Chairman of the American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC), has joined  the AICC executive team, where he will serve as senior advisor to Chief of Ecodomika Steel Structures, On behalf of the entire organization, He is grateful to Jason Quin for his years of service to the American enterprise and business people and congratulate them on this global business opportunity to continue in that calling.

Jason Quin, AICC’s Executive Chairman, will now perform the duties of the American export, economic development and membership services with Holmes Stoner and the AICC team.

Stoner said, that we were long supported and participated in UN economic cooperation and development projects, including the development and investment of steel composite housing, and implemented and carried out investment cooperation in a wider range of fields around the world to support the innovation, development and growth of member enterprises project.

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58) will take place from 10 to 19 February 2020. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.

In 2020, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Commission and the 25th anniversary of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development. 2020 is a crucial year for the accelerated realization of inclusive societies and reducing inequalities everywhere for people of all ages.

The Dignifying the Needy (CSocD58 Side Event) priority theme on Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness this year.

  •  Opening of the session
  •  Election of officers
  • Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters – Item 2 – E/CN.5/2020/1
  • Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly – Item 3
  • Priority theme: affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness – Item 3 (a) – E/CN.5/2020/2, E/CN.5/2020/3
  • Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups – Item 3 (b) – A/75/61-E/2020/4, E/CN.5/2020/4
  • Emerging issues: twenty-five years of the World Summit for Social Development: addressing emerging societal challenges to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Item 3 (c) – E/CN.5/2020/5
  • Introductory statements
  • General discussion on item 3 (a) and (b)

Presidential Delegation to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum

WASHINGTON– President Donald J. Trump announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 20 to January 24, 2020. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, will lead the delegation.

Members of the Presidential Delegation:
Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury (Lead)
Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
Eugene Scalia, Secretary of Labor
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation
Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative
Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Growth, Energy and the Environment, Department of State
Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President and Advisor to the President
Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President
Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

As the nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the U.S. population will be 330,222,422 on Jan. 1, 2020. This represents an increase of 1,991,085, or 0.61%, from New Year’s Day 2019. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 21,476,884 or 6.96%.

In January 2020, the United States is expected to experience one birth every eight seconds and one death every 11 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 34 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration will increase the U.S. population by one person every 19 seconds.

The projected world population on Jan. 1, 2020, is 7,621,018,958, an increase of 77,684,873, or 1.03%, from New Year’s Day 2019. During January 2020, 4.3 births and 1.9 deaths are expected worldwide every second.

The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock simulates real-time growth of the United States and world populations at  <www.census.gov/popclock>.

U.S. Economy Increases at a 2.1% Pace in the Third Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2019, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was unrevised from the “second” estimate released in November. In the second quarter, real GDP rose 2.0 percent.

GDP highlights

The third-quarter increase in real GDP reflected increases in consumer spending, government spending, housing investment, and exports, while business investment and inventory investment decreased. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.
The increase in consumer spending reflected increases in both goods (notably recreational goods and vehicles as well as food and beverages) and services (led by other services, notably personal care and legal services, as well as housing and utilities). The increase in government spending reflected increases in federal and in state and local government spending.

The decrease in business investment reflected decreases in structures (led by mining exploration, shafts, and wells) and in equipment (notably aircraft as well as computers and peripheral equipment).

Updates to GDP

While overall GDP growth was unrevised from the second estimate, upward revisions to consumer spending and business investment were offset by a downward revision to inventory investment.

Corporate profits from current production

Profits decreased 0.2 percent at a quarterly rate in the third quarter after increasing 3.8 percent in the second quarter. Corporate profits decreased 1.2 percent in the third quarter from one year ago.

Profits of domestic nonfinancial corporations decreased 0.5 percent after increasing 3.2 percent.
Profits of domestic financial corporations decreased 1.1 percent after increasing 0.6 percent.
Profits from the rest of the world increased 1.0 percent after increasing 7.7 percent.

Upcoming Event: Asian Financial Forum

Asian Financial Forum
January 13-14, 2020
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Participate in Deal Flow Matchmaking Session’s, one-on-one meetings.
  • Meet project owners, private equity firms, investors, high net-worth individuals, and senior professionals from intermediaries and professional service providers.
  • Contact AICC: usa@aiccus.org
  • Contact U.S. Commercial Service: Peter Sexton

Ivanka Trump and Larry Kudlow to Provide Keynote Remarks at 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

WASHINGTON – Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow will deliver keynote remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit on June 11-12, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced today. The Investment Summit, hosted by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, is the premier Federal event showcasing business investment opportunities available throughout the United States to global leaders.

Kudlow will deliver lunch remarks on June 11. Trump will speak on a workforce development panel on June 12.

“This Administration’s policies are further solidifying the United States as the premier location to do business,” Kudlow said. “The SelectUSA Investment Summit is an excellent platform to tell a global audience that investing in the United States is a critical step to doing business in the modern global economy, and I am excited to be a part of it.”

“While President’s pro-growth policies have attracted the attention of business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, it’s our incomparable workforce that often seals the deal for new investment projects. I’m proud to join Secretary Ross at this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit to discuss the unparalleled opportunity to invest in our roaring economy and how we are working to ensure our workforce is equipped with the skills and talents for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Trump said.

“The SelectUSA Investment Summit is where global business potential meets business opportunity here in the United States,” Secretary Ross said. “We are proud that these White House leaders will be joining this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit and sharing the message that this is the best place in the world to do business.”

Secretary Ross and Ivanka Trump are co-chairs of the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board which seeks to bring more Americans off the sidelines and into the workforce by improving jobs data transparency, skills-based hiring and training, advancing opportunities for lifelong learning, and promoting multiple pathways to family-sustaining careers.

Ross and Trump will also join Investment Summit business attendees as they sign the Pledge to America’s Workers. The Pledge is a commitment to expand programs that educate, train, and reskill American workers from high school to near retirement. Since President Trump signed the Executive Order, more than 200 companies and organizations have signed the Pledge, contributing to over 8.9 million new education and training opportunities for American students and workers over the next five years.

The annual Investment Summit will be held June 10-12 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Participants from the previous five Summits have announced more than $103.6 billion in greenfield investment projects in the United States within five years of attending. These projects directly support more than 167,000 U.S. jobs.

Registration is open and already includes more than 2,800 attendees from over 70 international markets and 49 U.S. states and territories. Featured speakers include Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, governors from eight states, and senior executives from companies including Hitachi, Siemens, and Softbank.

The United States is home to more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other country in the world, with a total stock of more than $4 trillion of investment according to the latest data. FDI supports nearly 14 million American jobs, and is responsible for $370 billion in U.S. goods exports.

Remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 2019 AAPI Summit

Introduced by Henry Childs, National Director of the Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency

Thank you, Henry, for that kind introduction, and for your hard work and dedication to the economic development of America’s minority communities.

Welcome, everyone, to the 2019 National AAPI Business Summit. It is great to see such a large turnout.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of joining President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing ceremony of the Executive Order on the Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. I was especially gratified by the ceremony because in my former private-equity firm, we had Chinese Americans, Korean Americans, Japanese Americans, and Indian Americans in executive positions.

And my first Chief of Staff at Commerce was a Japanese American woman, the first ever for a Cabinet Secretary. So, I personally understand the outstanding qualities of your community.

The Executive Order signed by the President establishes the President’s Advisory Council on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as the White House Initiative on A-A-P-I. The Advisory Council will be established here at the Commerce Department, and I look forward to being a co-chair with Elaine Chao, our esteemed Secretary of Transportation.

Our joint intention is to do exactly as the President’s Executive Order states — that is, to develop, monitor, and coordinate all of the government’s efforts to empower the growth of this dynamic segment of our population and business community.

We will develop strategies to increase participation of AAPI enterprises in partnerships between the public and private sectors. We will train a new generation of skilled workers who are in demand throughout every industry sector. And we will conduct an analysis of the United States Pacific Island territories to help them diversify and grow their economies.

Stay tuned: We will soon be issuing a notice seeking private-sector members of this Commission.

Holly Ham, the Executive Director of the White House AAPI Initiative, will be closing our Summit today, and we are honored to have her here.

Today, there are 23.8 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who call the United States their home. The number of AAPI residents will soon eclipse 25 million, and will grow to more than 40 million over the next three decades. Asia accounts for six of the 10 largest countries for American immigrants. Of the 22.2 million Americans of direct Asian descent, 12.6 million — or more than half — were born in their home countries. And, according to the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau — which loves to count everything — Asian Americans drive 6,487,806 vehicles.

Among the Asian Americans in the workforce, 53.5 percent are employed in occupations involving management, business, science and the arts. But only 62.5 percent of Asian Americans of working age are in the workforce; though that number is much higher for Pacific Islanders, whose workforce participation rate is 68.5 percent.

Increasing the workforce participation rate is a challenge we face across our entire economy, and we will be addressing it with the new Commission, as well as with the National Council for the American Worker, which I co-chair with Ivanka Trump.

Of the 1.1 million minority-owned firms with paid employees, more than half, or 560,000 are owned by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This entrepreneurial drive is essential for the continued dynamism and success of American capitalism.

The Commerce Department is helping AAPI-owned companies succeed here in the United States and in every major market abroad. We have Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers assisting manufacturers in every state. We have U.S. Export Assistance Centers located in 106 American cities, staffed by export specialists helping companies penetrate new markets.

The Commerce Department also runs the Foreign Commercial Service, with offices in 119 foreign cities, and 78 countries. In China alone, we have outposts in six major cities, along with one in Hong Kong, employing 120 professionals working with American companies to break down barriers to our products.

These diplomats have one primary task: To increase commercial opportunities in foreign markets for American companies. These markets are home to billions of consumers ready and willing to buy the great products made by AAPI-owned firms.

Please, utilize these resources: mostly they are free, so it’s a pretty good bargain.

But the United States is committed to free, fair, and reciprocal trade and is working to open markets across the globe to your products and services.

The most recent “Foreign Trade Barriers” report, from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, lists an astounding 517 pages of trade barriers erected by various countries against American exporters.

However, the Trump Administration has finally, and firmly, told our trading partners that we will no longer allow them brazenly to break the global rules of trade, discourage U.S. imports, and flood our open markets with government-subsidized products. Our trade policy toward China, for example, is not about a clash of civilizations.

It is a matter of fair versus unfair.

It is about addressing mercantilism, and fulfilling the promise President Trump made in his campaign to put America First.

Our trade dispute with China is also about making sure that our companies’ most precious assets — namely, your intellectual property — is not stolen through cyber attacks, forced technology transfers, or state-sponsored industrial espionage.

We do not want to see one American company have to fight the scourge of reverse-engineered, mass-produced counterfeits that are replicas of the real products. We want to ensure that you have affective rights to pursue administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement remedies to protect your IP in foreign markets.

Virtually every important U.S. industry is being targeted: From software, to pharmaceuticals, telecom, electronics, robotics, advanced materials, electric vehicles, processed foods, and every category of consumer goods. Worse yet, fakes and counterfeits are now exploding onto e-commerce marketplaces, making it even harder to enforce our laws and eliminate bad actors. For decades, the U.S. government allowed these illegal foreign trade practices to flourish.

Now, we are confronting them and insisting that they be addressed. And while a period of confrontation is always uncomfortable, in the end, everyone is better off.

China announced yesterday that they were imposing retaliatory duties on the remainder of our exports to them. They had already assessed retaliatory duties on something like 90 percent of their American imports.

But, in view of the fact that we have raised tariffs on more than $500 billion in imports from China, this was a relatively restrained response.

Because we export so little to China compared to what we import from them, the impact of the Chinese tariffs is a very small fraction of 1 percent of our total $18 trillion economy. Rest assured, that our current trade issues with China or other countries in the region will not spill over into attitudes regarding the AAPI community.

While we are addressing these trade practices with China, we are also currently engaged with Japan in developing a trade agreement. And we have concluded successful renegotiations of the Korea Free Trade Agreement and transformed NAFTA into the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

Our administration has also broadened our strategic engagement with Asia to include the entire Indo-Pacific region.

Last week, I was in New Delhi meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi, along with his Finance and Commerce Ministers, and with more than 100 U.S. companies wanting to gain a foothold in the massive Indian market place.

We are committed to opening these markets, to breaking down barriers, and insisting on fairness in our trading relations.

And we believe our efforts will pay off.

Through changes in our tax code, and our approach to smarter regulations — along with a dedication to training the next generation of skilled workers — we have put in place the conditions needed to make the United States the best place in the world to produce goods and services.

We have experienced extremely positive economic results from these efforts, and we are proud of what we have accomplished so far.

We hope that you can take advantage of the opportunities in our growing economy, and that you will utilize the services offered by the Commerce Department to expand into foreign markets.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to be here with us, and we at the Commerce Department look forward to serving your needs in any way possible.

Job creation smashes expectations, unemployment rate falls to 49-year low

The United States economy continued to thrive in April, with the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6 percent—the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) household survey. April also marks the 14th consecutive month of the unemployment rate being at or below 4 percent.

The rapidly growing economy continues to benefit a wide range of demographic groups. The unemployment rate for adult women (20+) reached 3.1 percent in April, its lowest rate since 1953. The unemployment rate for Hispanics fell to 4.2 percent—the lowest rate since the series began in 1973. The unemployment rate for individuals with only a high school degree fell to 3.5 percent—matching the lowest rate since 2000. The unemployment rate for those with a disability fell to 6.3 percent in April—the lowest rate since the series began in 2008. Additionally, the unemployment rate for veterans fell to 2.3 percent—the lowest rate since the series began in 2000.

The U-6 unemployment rate, a broader measure of unemployment that includes those who are unemployed, marginally attached to the labor force, and working part-time for economic reasons, remained at 7.3 percent in April, matching the lowest U-6 rate since December 2000.

A separate survey from BLS, the Employment Situation Report, showed total nonfarm payroll employment in April rose by 263,000 jobs, far surpassing market expectations (190,000). In total, the economy has added over 5.8 million jobs since President Donald J. Trump was elected. The month of April continued the longest streak of growth on record.

Employment gains have exceeded 100,000 jobs in 27 of the 29 months since the 2016 election. Including revisions for the months of February and March, the average pace of job growth has been a healthy 218,000 jobs per month over the past year and 205,000 jobs per month so far in 2019. Job gains were predominantly concentrated in professional and business services (76,000 new jobs), education and health services (62,000 new jobs), and leisure and hospitality (34,000 new jobs). The construction sector added 33,000 new jobs in April, and has added 669,000 jobs since the 2016 election.

On top of the good news about job growth, the report indicates that wages are rising, too. Nominal average hourly earnings in April rose by 3.2 percent over the past 12 months, marking the 9th straight month that year-over-year wage gains were at or above 3 percent. Prior to 2018, nominal average hourly wage gains had not reached 3 percent since April 2009. Taking inflation into account, there is more evidence that real wages are also growing. Based on the most recent Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index data from March, inflation in the past year was 1.5 percent, and, based on the most recent Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) price data from March, inflation in the past year was 1.9 percent. This offers evidence that real wages are rising, and people are able to purchase more goods and services with their larger paychecks.

These most recent BLS surveys depict a strong American economy. Employment growth in April surpassed expectations with 263,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate of 3.6 percent is the lowest rate in nearly half a century. With continued positive job growth, sustained low unemployment, and rising real wages, the economy continues to thrive.