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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Streamline Commercial Advocacy Efforts and Bolster U.S. Exports

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Task Force provides businesses with one-stop shopping

Prior to this morning’s meeting of the President’s Export Council, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on commercial advocacy that will provide businesses with one-stop shopping to help bolster U.S. exports. This task force will be led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advocacy Center, which coordinates U.S. Government resources in order to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for specific international public contracts. The Executive Order will coordinate the resources of 15 federal agencies to provide better access to advocacy, commercial diplomacy, financing, market intelligence, lead generation, and technical assistance to facilitate the success of U.S. exporters. Streamlining these services will make it easier for U.S. businesses to access these products and services, which will in turn help them be more competitive in the global marketplace and, ultimately, create more jobs here at home.

Since the inception of the president’s National Export Initiative in March 2010, the Advocacy Center has supported 143 commercial advocacy wins–a total value of $136.4 billion–and supported over a half a million U.S. jobs.

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