Export and investment promotion

Exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) are proven job generators. Exported goods and services supported 10.7 million well-paying U.S. jobs in 2016. In 2015, majority-owned U.S. affiliates of foreign companies directly employed 6.8 million Americans.

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Thank you, General Jones, for that kind introduction. Thank you especially for your distinguished military service, and for your leadership as Chairman of the American Turkish Council. Thank you, also, to members of the Turkish-U.S. Business Council for co-sponsoring this conference. For 37 years, you have played an important role in promoting a strong bilateral relationship between our countries....

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Thank you, Fernando, for that kind introduction. Thank you to, Governor of the State of Yucatán Mauricio Vila Dosal for hosting this dinner. And thank you, too to the Mexico Business Coordinating Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for organizing this CEO Dialogue and Business Summit. I am delighted to be here with so many of my colleagues from the U.S. Departments of Energy and State, the...

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Thank you, Laura, for that kind introduction. It is my pleasure to be with all of you here at the Port of Fernandina. Thank you to the kind people of Nassau County for such a warm welcome. We are also honored to have with us your Representative in the U.S. Congress. Congressman John Rutherford has joined me today, and we are both very pleased to be here. This town is a gem. Don’t worry — I won’t...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Economia Minister Paulo Guedes Announce New U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum Members

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Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met with Brazil’s Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes on the occasion of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s first official visit to the United States. As an outcome of their meeting, Secretary Ross and Minister Guedes announced the new members of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum: New U.S. CEO Forum Members: • Mr. José (Joe) Almeida, Chairman, President & CEO...

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Thank you, Governor Kemp, for your kind introduction, and congratulations to you on this being one of the most important days in your new governorship. It is also — I might add — one of the more important days in my tenure as Commerce Secretary. When I became Secretary of Commerce two years ago, groundbreaking events for new production facilities like this one was our goal. This major and exciting...

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Concludes Successful 2018

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