Guest blog post by Francisco J. Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
Yesterday I was honored to participate in the opening ceremony for the new Embraer assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida. Embraer is a Brazilian manufacturer of commercial, general aviation, and defense aircraft, and this new plant will employ up to 200 people from the area.
The ceremony embodied what I believe in about the future:
- Exports create jobs;
- The key to the future of the American economy is international trade; and
- Economic integration among the nations of the hemisphere is how all of us remain competitive in the face of rising global competition.
The aircraft assembled in the new facility symbolize the growth of the hemispheric market and represents how international trade brings the economies of the hemisphere closer to each other.
Brazil and the United States understand that hundreds of millions of new consumers are giving birth to a new global market that will demand quantity as well quality. Quantity and quality almost define Embraer itself.
Defining the future, too, are the United States and Brazil, which is why President Obama will be travelling to Brazil next month. The gathering of dignitaries yesterday in many ways can be looked upon as part of the President’s visit to Brazil, for it incorporates the spirit and intention of the journey.
The United States is also interested in launching an Aviation Cooperation Program with Brazil. We see this as a way of elevating and deepening our relationships with the Brazilian government and industry.
All of us should embrace Embraer’s decision to build this assembly plant in Florida. It foreshadows the greater future that lies before us and Florida – and before the United States and Brazil as well.