U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met today with India’s Ambassador to the
United States, Meera Shankar, to discuss bilateral trade and investment issues.
meeting took place as Secretary Locke prepares to lead a high technology
business development trade mission to India on February 6-11. Over 70 companies
applied to participate in the upcoming mission, which will make stops in New
Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, in order to promote U.S. exports of high
technology products and services in key economic sectors: civil-nuclear trade,
defense and security, civil aviation, and information and communications
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visited the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, where he delivered remarks on the
Obama administration’s efforts to foster innovation and the President’s
National Export Initiative (NEI), which seeks to double U.S. exports by
2015, supporting several million American jobs.
also discussed Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP), a key
component of the Department’s export promotion effort. The IBP matches
international buyers with U.S. companies that want to export. The
Program recruited 34 delegations, consisting of 700 delegates from key
markets such as China, Brazil, Vietnam, and Indonesia, to this year’s
show – an increase of over 30 percent from the 2010 show.
the CES, Locke also visited the booths of some small- and medium-sized
businesses that have increased their sales to foreign markets with the
help of the Commerce Department.
CES is an annual event hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association,
the preeminent trade association that represents more than 2,000
businesses to promote growth in the consumer technology industry. This
year’s CES has more than 2,500 small- and medium-sized businesses
showcasing their products and services, as well as presentations by key
industry leaders, such as Microsoft, Ford and Verizon. Remarks
Secretary Gary Locke will visit the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Thursday where he will discuss the Obama administration’s efforts to foster innovation and the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI), which seeks to double U.S. exports by 2015, supporting several million American jobs.
The Consumer Electronics Show is taking part in Commerce’s International Buyer Program – a key component in reaching President Obama’s exports goal. Jointly created by the Commerce Department and industry groups, the International Buyer Program (IBP) matches international buyers with U.S. companies that want to export. In Las Vegas, the IBP has recruited to the show's 34 delegations, consisting of 700 delegates, from key markets such as China, Brazil, Vietnam, and Indonesia – an increase of over 30 percent from the 2010 show.
Here’s how it will work: Foreign trade specialists work with both the Consumer Electronics Association and Department of Commerce domestic trade specialists to identify U.S. companies exhibiting at the show whose technology is attractive to foreign buyers. These specialists then set up meetings at the show between the buyers and American sellers. Additionally, U.S. companies will be able to meet with the foreign trade specialists to get information about doing business in markets abroad.
December 14 and 15, Commerce Secretary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Kirk,
together with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, co-chaired the 21st
annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Washington, DC.
General Counsel Kerry participated in this year’s JCCT, which covered a range
of issues and yielded positive results, particularly China’s commitments to enhance
its enforcement of intellectual property rights, adopt non-discriminatory
government procurement policies, and collaborate with the U.S. in areas of emerging
technology such as Smart Grid. China’s
commitments will lead to increased opportunities for U.S.
exporters and a more level playing field for U.S.
companies operating in China.
Counsel Kerry led the U.S.
delegation’s work on commercial law cooperation. In this area, the two sides agreed to
continue to promote mutual understanding of commercial legal developments
impacting U.S.-China trade. The primary vehicle for this cooperation is
the U.S.-China Legal Exchange, which GC Kerry co-leads. The United
States and China
agreed to convene the 2011 Legal Exchange in the United States in cities and on
topics to be determined by mutual agreement. This builds upon the work of
GC Kerry, Chinese Deputy International Trade Representative Chong Quan, and
Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council Vice-Minister An Jian, who
successfully led the 2010 U.S.-China Legal Exchange to Hangzhou (October 18),
Wuhan (October 20), and Chengdu (October 22), which focused on U.S. export
promotion activities and trade remedies laws and practices.
Agrees to Significant Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement
Initiatives, Market Opening, and Revisions to its Indigenous Innovation
Policies That Will Help Boost U.S. Exports at the 21st Session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce
Today marked the end of the 21st session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)
in Washington, D.C. The JCCT was co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of
Commerce Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk along with
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack also participated in the discussions. Today’s outcomes will
make U.S. businesses more competitive in China, help boost U.S. exports
and jobs, and increase market access for U.S. businesses, creators,
innovators, entrepreneurs, farmers and ranchers seeking to do business
China agreed to significant initiatives in several areas, including
intellectual property rights enforcement, open and neutral technology
standards, clean energy, and government procurement. Importantly, on
indigenous innovation, China agreed not to discriminate in government
procurement based on the origin of intellectual property or to use
discriminatory criteria to select industrial equipment. China also
agreed to resume talks on beef market access. Press release | Fact sheet | Signing fact sheet | Closing remarks and links to JCCT content | JCCT photos
The U.S. and China delegations pose for photos prior to the start of the 21st annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) on December 15, 2010.
This morning, delegations from the United States and China began the 21st annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which is our most important bilateral dialogue for resolving trade and investment issues between the two nations. As co-chairs of the JCCT, the delegations are stewards of the U.S.-China trade relationship, which is robust, supports millions of jobs for our people and is growing in both opportunity and complexity. The discussions between the delegations will help determine how well Chinese and US scientists discover together; how well our businesses collaborate; and how well our governments deal with the growing challenges of the 21st century.
week, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will convene the 21st annual U.S.-China
Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which is our most important
bilateral dialogue for resolving trade and investment issues between the two
help set the stage for this meeting, Secretary Locke recently convened a
full-day policy conference at Georgetown
University exploring the
U.S.-China Commercial relationship -- with most discussion panels focusing on finding
ways to resolve the trade disputes that animate so much of the coverage of U.S.-China
is an important discussion. China is the United States’ second-largest
trading partner, with our bilateral trade in goods alone amounting to $365
billion last year. And U.S. exports to China are up more than 24 percent since 2008. Moreover, China
and the U.S.
are currently partnering to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing
problems, including climate change and energy security.
that reason, Secretary Locke made clear that the U.S.
government welcomed continued strong growth in China
as a way for China
to improve the well-being of its citizens. As more and more Chinese move into
the middle class, they will want world-class, American-made goods and that will
mean more jobs here in the U.S.
as our companies work to meet that demand.
Post co-authored by Scott Davis, UPS Chairman and CEO, and
Secretary Gary Locke
Robust and global trade drives the world’s
economic engine. And it’s the quickest and surest way we know to accelerate economic growth, create new
jobs and improve living standards.
freely admit that UPS has an interest here. At any given moment, UPS
handles 6 percent of the U.S. GDP and moves 2
percent of the global GDP. So global trade is important to the future of
UPS, and that holds true for its workers, and for workers across America.
Every 22 packages per day that cross a border supports one job in UPS’s package
That’s why UPS is so supportive of President
Obama’s recent announcement of a landmark trade deal with South Korea,
which is estimated to increase American economic output by more than the last
nine trade agreements combined.
UPS’s logistics and lending services empower
businesses of all sizes to export their goods and services virtually anywhere
in the world, and with the impending passage of this agreement, there will be a
lot more businesses to work
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke attended the President’s Export
Council (PEC) meeting at the White House today, where he updated PEC members on
the Commerce Department’s efforts to increase U.S. exports and help American
businesses compete globally.
During the meeting, the president announced proposed regulations
to reform the U.S. export control system and strengthen national security.
The Commerce Department’s proposed regulations for dual-use items will
facilitate more robust secure trade with our partners and allies while imposing
new safeguards to ensure that sensitive items are not exported to other
locations without U.S. government authorization.
In addition, the administration launched a new webpage at www.export.gov that will help small- and
medium-sized business comply with U.S. export control requirements by
consolidating, for the first time, the various screening lists maintained by
The President also reiterated the critical importance of export
promotion in spurring job creation and economic growth in the U.S. For
more information on the president’s announcement, please go to: http://bit.ly/hoSGZv.
Last week the US Department of Commerce jointly sponsored a
Policy Conference to discuss the US-China Commercial Relationship with the
Jackson School of International Studies at the University
of Washington, the Henry Jackson
Foundation, and the host of the event, Georgetown University. The event featured a number of panels
composed of experts from all fields discussing the state and future of US-China
policy. The event was bracketed by
welcoming remarks from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and concluding remarks by General
Counsel Cameron Kerry. Kerry also
participated on the conference’s final panel in a discussion of the Impact of Developments in China’s Commercial
During his remarks, General Counsel Kerry spoke about
the work of his office and the Department of Commerce in developing commercial
rule of law in China. He said, "With the Rule of law, business can predict and plan their investments, research and development, purchases, and sales with greater certainty. Without it, they are left to guess about the costs and benefits of any deal." He discussed the
importance of both the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and
the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in fostering a strong bilateral
commercial relationship. He described
the US-China Legal Exchange, a program designed to foster mutual understanding
of the legal regimes governing trade and investment that began in 1983. He also
spoke of his role as co-lead of the Transparency Dialogue, which has led to
greater transparency in Chinese Government decision-making processes, including
the promulgation of rules and regulations and dialogue on transnational
bribery. He sees the role of lawyers in
both countries as crucial to promoting the rule of law.
After his panel, General Counsel Kerry concluded the
conference by addressing the need for a more sustainable, balanced trade with
China. He noted that the two nations are
inextricably linked to each other’s wellbeing and that China
must strive to be as free, fair, and open as the United
States. The conference has
helped to set the stage for the JCCT, which the US
will host in Washington, DC on December 14-15, 2010.