Spotlight on Commerce: Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their work.
Asian Pacific American Month gives you time to reflect on your origin, your country of birth and learning through and across cultures. It is conveying these assets, experiences and skills that build a better community and a better country. At the U.S. Commercial Service, improving opportunities for American businesses domestically and abroad is what drives me. It is why I'm behind President Obama's plan to win the future. To do so, we must out-innovate, out-educate and connect U.S. businesses to the 95% of consumers who live outside the U.S. This is my key responsibility: connecting U.S. businesses to global opportunities. This lays the foundation for a strong, sustainable economy in the United States and beyond.
I am privileged to lead a service with almost 1500 trade professionals who assist American enterprises everyday to connect to global partners and to new markets. Of the U.S.'s 30 million companies, only 1% or 280,000 companies export and of those who do, 58% export to only one market. We can and we must do better, and it is this challenge and opportunity that the US&FCS trade specialists and I focus on each day. This country needs more exporters and potential entrepreneurs and exporters amongst you do not have to go it alone - you have the full support of the U.S. Government in connecting you to global partners and global markets.