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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura to discuss Prime Minister Kishida’s upcoming visit to Washington and ongoing U.S.-Japan collaboration in areas critical to our shared economic prosperity. The Secretary and Minister discussed the importance of working together to promote and protect critical and emerging...

2022: A Year of Big Moves for NTIA

NTIA is like a start-up within the federal government, despite being nearly 45 years old. We’ve had the explosive growth of a new organization in my first year at the helm: Over one third of current NTIA staff was not here when I took the oath of office in January. While NTIA is still a small agency by government standards, we punched above our weight class in 2022. We delivered on programs to...

Building on a Year of Progress, FirstNet Authority Looks to Public Safety to Drive Future Growth

By Lisa Casias, Acting CEO, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) 2022 was another banner year for public safety and their network — FirstNet. The network now provides over 4 million connections serving more than 23,000 public safety agencies and organizations. And it continues to bring innovation and special features to public safety users, offering more than 200 unique apps and...

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Commerce after President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 into law. “Once again, President Biden is showing that the United States government is capable of delivering on its promises to the American people and I congratulate...

NIST: Reflecting Back on 2022

As another productive year comes to a close, it’s always nice to take a moment to look back on everything our hard-working staff members have accomplished and celebrate the wins. From semiconductors to quantum computing (and post-quantum encryption) to artificial intelligence, this year has seen NIST accomplish some major milestones. CHIPS Act In July, Congress passed the CHIPS and Science Act...

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Panama’s Minster of Commerce and Industry Federico Alfaro and Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney

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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Federico Alfaro and Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney. The three discussed how commercial relations between the United States and Panama could be strengthened, particularly in the areas of nearshoring, sound trade and investment policies, and collaborating to create stronger, more...

Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency Announces Nearly $100 Million to Expand Opportunities for Underserved Entrepreneurs

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The Capital Readiness Program grant competition marks the largest investment to support minority entrepreneurs and businesses from the Commerce Department Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched the Capital Readiness Program grant competition, which dedicates $93.5 million to help minority and other underserved entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses. This program, administered by...

Secretary Raimondo Joins President Biden in Announcing $15 Billion in U.S.-Africa Trade Commitments

On December 15, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo addressed the 2022 U.S.-Africa Business Forum and echoed President Biden’s ongoing commitment to deepening business ties and advancing two-way trade investments between the U.S. and Africa. Later in the day, she joined the President as he announced $15 billion in two-way trade and investment commitments, deals, and partnerships. “President Biden has...