FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 16, 2011
CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
March business development mission will make stops in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai
Yesterday, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Commerce Secretary and former CEO John Bryson laid out his priorities for the Department of Commerce, including supporting advanced manufacturing, increasing exports and attracting more investment to America from all over the world. In conjunction with those priorities, the Department of Commerce is announcing that Secretary Bryson will lead his first trade mission, March 25-30, 2012, focusing on infrastructure opportunities in India. The focus of the mission is to promote U.S. exports and discuss trade policy issues in response to India’s goal of investing $1 trillion in infrastructure development during the next five years.
“Exports are leading the U.S. economic recovery and contributing to future economic growth and job creation in America,” said Secretary Bryson. “Selling more made-in-USA infrastructure products to India will help U.S. companies grow and hire more people while helping India meet its ambitious goals to dramatically improve it roads, railway and bridges.”
The mission will highlight infrastructure export opportunities for U.S. businesses sectors of project management and engineering services, including architecture and design; transportation, including roads/highways, rail, airports and intelligent transportation systems; and energy, including distribution, and transmission and smart grid.
During his speech  before the U.S. Chamber, Secretary Bryson highlighted the critical role that exports play to the U.S. economy and how meeting the challenge laid out by President Obama’s National Export Initiative is crucial to job creation.
The Department of Commerce, through the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), leads the administration’s trade promotion efforts. The TPCC provides a platform for the Secretary of Commerce to advance a government-wide agenda on trade promotion and to directly engage the heads of the other TPCC agencies.
Commerce’s International Trade Administration helps American companies export their products and services around the world, utilizing some 1,500 U.S. Commercial Service staff stationed in 77 countries across the globe. Last year, the U.S. Commercial Service helped facilitate billions of dollars in U.S. export sales, supporting jobs across the country.
Applications for companies interested in participating in the mission can be completed on-line at the India Infrastructure Business Development Mission website at http://www.export.gov/IndiaMission2012  or can be obtained by contacting the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Business Liaison (202-482-1360 or IndiaMission2012[at]doc[dot]gov ). The application deadline is Wednesday, January 25, 2012.