Remarks by Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue Leadership Dinner

April 11, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross addresses the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue Leadership Dinner in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Wilbur Ross said: “The bonds between our two countries are deep. We share democratic values and cultural ties. Millions of Americans trace their heritage to Mexico.”

“Mexico is our second largest export market and is our third largest trading partner. Our integrated economies generated over $678 billion in two-way trade in goods and services last year. We also share significant cross-border investment.” Wilbur said. ” In 2017, U.S. foreign direct investment in Mexico totaled more than $109 billion.Mexico’s investment in the United States now tops $35 billion.”

” Our economic relationship supports growth, opportunity, and good jobs for millions of citizens in both our countries. The United States has developed an excellent working relationship with President López-Obrador. And we again thank the administration for its support on the many issues of mutual concern.”

White House: Statement of the United States Regarding China Talks

At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, officials from the United States traveled to Beijing for negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China. The United States delegation was led by United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. Vice Premier Liu He led the talks for the Chinese side.

The two parties continued to make progress during candid and constructive discussions on the negotiations and important next steps.

The United States looks forward to the meetings planned with Vice Premier Liu He and the Chinese delegation in Washington next week.

USDA Announces Investments in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 23 States

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.

“Helping to bring modern water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities will increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents,” Baxley said. “The investments USDA is announcing today are foundational to health, safety and economic development in rural communities across America.”

USDA is working with local partners to provide financing for 49 water and environmental infrastructure projects. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool or through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

Below are some examples of the investments USDA is making:

In Arkansas, Lake City will use a $2.3 million loan to modernize its wastewater treatment and collection system, which serves more than 2,000 residents. This project will improve the system’s capacity and reliability.
Rensselaer, Ind., is receiving a $3.4 million loan and a $1.7 million grant to connect three unserved areas of the city to the sewer system and to replace the main lift station. The homes that will be connected are currently served by individual septic systems. This project will benefit nearly 6,000 residents.
The city of Franklin, Idaho, is receiving a $900,000 loan and a $522,000 grant to increase the supply of water available to the Franklin Water System. The city’s water storage and spring boxes will be rehabilitated, and approximately two miles of pipe that connect the springs to the water system will be replaced. This project will also add two backup wells. It will provide more than 600 of the city’s residents and businesses with reliable water quantity and quality.
USDA is making investments in rural communities in: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.

Upcoming: USA pavilion at 2019 China  International Fair for Trade in Services

American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) will host a USA pavilion at 2019 China  International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) to promote exports and promote American brands, products and services. AICC welcomes U.S. enterprises to participate into the USA pavilion in 2019 CIFTIS.

2019 China  International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, has been successfully held for five years, becoming a leading exhibition of trade and services in China and the largest comprehensive fair for trade in services in the world. 2019 CIFTIS  will be held in Beijing from May 28 to June 1 in the theme of “Opening-up, Innovation, Intelligence and Integration”.

This year’s CIFTIS has 5 major features:

Highlight expansion of opening-up in service industry and trade in services, and contribute to building a new pattern of comprehensive opening-up. Implement China’s strategy of expanding opening-up, display the 68 achievements made during the first two batches of Beijing’s expansion of opening-up in service industry and China’s opening-up measures such as free trade pilot zone, promote Beijing’s new round of pilot policies for expansion of opening-up in service industry, standards of trade in services, rule-making and system construction, advance further opening-up and cooperation in global trade in services and contribute to building a community of shared future for mankind.

Stress internationalization and deepen the “Belt and Road” international cooperation on trade in services. Invite countries along the “Belt and Road”, top 30 countries and regions of trade in services, 14 countries that signed trade in services agreements with China, international trade associations and well-known enterprises in service industry and trade in services to participate in the fair.

Stress innovation-driven, intelligent development, integration and improvement, and lead the innovation and development of service industry and trade in services. Actively implement the innovation-driven development strategy, exhibit new models, businesses, and services that new technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G are applied in service field; Promote innovation achievements in intelligent manufacturing, healthcare, and life, the digitization and intelligence of service industry and trade in services; Facilitate the integrated development between service industries including modern service industry and advanced manufacturing, culture and tourism, and that between trade in services and service consumption.

Emphasize negotiation trade, and enable participating enterprises to achieve practical cooperation. This year’s CIFTIS, with serving customers as the fundamental goal and facilitating negotiation trade as the core, collects demands for project trade and carries out trade matching in advance; Push ahead negotiation and cooperation with more than 100 promotion and negotiation activities.

Make a new exhibition layout, magnify CIFTIS’ role as a platform. This year’s CIFTIS uses the form of “one main venue assisted by multiple others” for the first time, which is to set up the main venue at China National Convention Center and the neighboring Beijing International Convention Center & the Olympic Celebration Square, other venues at Wangfujing Business Street, Financial Street, Central Business District, Sub-center, Huilonguan and Tiantongyuan areas, etc.As a state-level, international and comprehensive trading platform for trade in services, CIFTIS is important in serving national politics, economy, diplomacy, reform and opening up, development, and achieving the expansion of opening-up in China’s service industry and the high-quality development of trade in services.

The AICC team welcome your participation!

Contact:

Mr. Jason Quin
American International Chamber of Commerce
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Email: jasonquin@aiccus.org

Ms. Wendy Liu
AICC Beijing Office
9 Jianwai Street, DRC 7-3-43
Chaoyang, Beijing, 100600
Email: beijing@aiccus.org

Apply Now!

Link:

CIFTIS website

The 2019 Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities(SAUPO) will be held in Shanghai

SAUPO
Friday, May 17, 2019
Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel, Shanghai, China

The Asian Studies Program at Kennesaw State University (KSU) presents the next Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), to be held on Friday May 17, 2019 at the Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel. As the largest Asia business conference in the U.S., SAUPO provides opportunities for information exchange, network building, global visibility and investment to/from Asia. About 300 business, community, academic and political leaders from the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Africa will participate. The SAUPO Planning Committee and SAUPO Advisory Board welcome your participation.

Future SAUPO Forecast:

Friday May 17, 2019 @ Shanghai, China
Friday April 17, 2020 @ Atlanta, USA
Friday May 14, 2021 @ Tokyo, Japan
Friday April 22, 2022 @ Atlanta, USA

Contact:

Dr. May Gao 
SAUPO Chair 
Professor of Communication and Asian Studies
Kennesaw State University, 
MD #2207
1000 Chastain Road, 
Kennesaw, GA 30144

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross was present the Minority Business Development Agency 50th Anniversary Celebration

March 5th, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross was present and remarks at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington.

Ross said, A lot of dedicated, passionate people have made it possible for the Minority Business Development Agency to achieve such a milestone. Congratulations! And thank you — to all the people who work in the small but mighty MBDA — for maintaining a five-decade tradition of excellence. Your service is needed now more than ever to assure the success and growth of minority-owned businesses throughout our nation.<

Ross said, The professional staff of MBDA have worked every day for 50 years with minority businesses throughout the country. When the agency was created, there were a scant 400,000 minority-owned businesses in the United States. Today, there are 11 million, up from four million in 2002.

When we look at minority employer firms, they generate $1.3 trillion in annual sales and have created more than 8.7 million jobs. That is a very big number, but with today’s fast-growing minority population, we need a lot more that we can grow to size and scale.

Since the agency’s inception, it is estimated that MBDA has worked with more than 13 million minority firms in the United States.  And, in just the last five fiscal years, MBDA helped facilitate almost $29 billion in contracts and financing to minority enterprises impacting 111,000 jobs.

One of the most promising avenues to individual prosperity and financial security is owning your own company. It is part of the American heritage and the American dream. And it is the reason so many aspiring people elsewhere in the world want to come to the United States: because it is relatively easy to start a business.

A great feature of the American society is we do not hold failure against anyone who tries. Every serial entrepreneur has had some failures, but they are outweighed by the subsequent successes. Most business start-ups consist of just one or two people initially, and they ramp up from there. With the advent of eCommerce and social media, it is easier than ever before for new companies to gain the attention of large numbers of customers.

SBA Appoints David M. Glaccum as Associate Administrator of Office of International Trade

WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon announced the appointment of David M. Glaccum as the Associate Administrator of the SBA’s Office of International Trade (OIT). In this role, Glaccum will work to increase the number of small business exporters as well as the volume of exports by American small businesses. As Associate Administrator of OIT, Glaccum’s duties will include overseeing the execution of three program divisions: 1) federal and state trade development; 2) international trade and finance; and 3) international affairs and trade policy.

“I am pleased to welcome David to the SBA,” McMahon said. “His experience in improving and streamlining processes at the United Nations combined with driving results for major initiatives on behalf of the state of South Carolina will be a tremendous asset to entrepreneurs as the SBA continues to show the world the benefits and opportunities of working with America’s small businesses.”

Glaccum brings a variety of experience in federal and state government to the position. While serving as Chief of Staff to United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley he was able to reduce budgets by finding and eliminating unused resources, improving operational efficiency, and led the development of U.S. “Peacekeeping Principles” that have been applied to all 15 peacekeeping mission renewals, resulting in nearly $900 million in savings to the United Nations peacekeeping budget. 

While working as then Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor he successfully led state-wide initiatives to improve South Carolina’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and worked to ensure proper disaster response and recovery financing and allocation of state resources following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Prior to his time with Haley he served as Chief Counsel to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham where he led the drafting and negotiations on a wide array of complex policy initiatives ranging from criminal and civil justice reform to counter-terrorism enforcement.

Glaccum earned a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.