Americas Competitiveness Forum Opening Kick-off in Atlanta

November 14, 2010

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Francisco J. Sánchez is the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade

This weekend, a thousand American businesses, ministers and senior officials from across the Western Hemisphere are descending on Atlanta for the most anticipated Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) to date.

The Fourth Annual Americas Competitiveness Forum began today.  From the moment I landed at Hartsfield Jackson Airport and received such a warm response from all I encountered at the host hotel, I knew the great value and potential for global competitiveness this conference could bring.

As the President returned to Washington today from his 10-day tour to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, it was clear the common theme was for increased collaboration and investment among the regions.  The ACF is one of many steps we at the International Trade Administration are taking to advance the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI) and deliver his goal to double American exports over the next five years to support millions of American jobs.

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta will join Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as our co-hosts of this year’s ACF.  The President of El Salvador as well as Vice President’s and Minister’s from across the region are confirmed to attend and participate in this exciting opportunity for growth.




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