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ACF Atlanta, a Huge Success

November 16, 2010

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Francisco J. Sánchez is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

The rain today, didn’t stop hundreds of leaders from across the Western Hemisphere from attending the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) in Atlanta.

The final leg of an informative, action packed conference, the agenda featured Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and the President of El Salvador Mauricio Funes.

The day, which began with a presidential address, covered topics ranging from international education on the benefits of strategic alliances to market opportunities in the Caribbean.

We at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration are extremely pleased with the outcome of the conference, and look forward to passing the baton from the United States to the Dominican Republic this evening, the 2011 host country.

In closing, I’d like to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to Walter Bastian, Tricia Johnson, the entire Western Hemisphere team and all of my staff who worked so hard to plan a productive conference to advance global competitiveness across the region.