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Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela

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Thank you to the Government of Peru for convening this gathering to discuss the future of Venezuela. Today’s discussions are an important step, toward its rebirth and recovery. Less than a decade ago, Venezuela had the highest per capita income in Latin America. But the Maduro Government’s corruption and incompetence has shrunk the Venezuelan economy more than 60 percent in five years. Of course,...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 17th Latin American Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Brasilia, Brazil

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Intro by Norman Anderson, Chair/CEO CGLA Thank you, Norm, for the kind introduction. Thanks also for the opportunity to participate in today’s infrastructure forum. By bringing governments with deal-ready projects together with highly qualified companies, this is fast-tracking needed infrastructure development in the Americas. I see that the United States’ private sector is well-represented here....

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Venezuela Infrastructure Breakfast in Brasilia, Brazil

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Introduced by Norman Anderson, Chair/CEO CG/LA Thank you, Norm, for the kind words and to the CG/LA team for convening this discussion highlighting the future of Venezuela. Venezuela’s infrastructure needs are far more severe than other Latin American countries because of years of neglect. And because their economy has shrunk between 5 and 25 percent a year under Maduro, the amounts seem...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at AMCHAM Centennial

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, AMCHAM CENTENNIAL Intro by Mr. Luiz Pretti, Chairman of the Board of AmCham-Brasil and President of Cargill Brazil Thank you for the kind words. It’s great to be here for the Chamber’s centennial celebration. AmCham-Sao Paulo has long been an important partner for the Department of Commerce in promoting economic ties. Thank you. 100 years is an impressive accomplishment. To put...

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley at the Sixth Annual Signing Day Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College

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Introduced by Pamela Evette, Lt. Governor of South Carolina Thank you, Lt. Governor Evette, for that kind introduction. And thank you, Dr. Thornley, for your invitation to this momentous event. I am humbled and honored to be here today with YOU, the 6th class of apprentice signees: to celebrate you, to honor your accomplishments, and to applaud your decision to embark on an apprenticeship. Your...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Virginia Manufacturers Association

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Thank you for that kind introduction. It is my pleasure to be here with all of you in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. It is a beautiful part of the country, near the unspoiled beaches of the Atlantic; the Chesapeake Bay; Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg; and, of course, the Naval Station and Shipyard. Like America, Hampton Roads is big and mighty, and is a great place to be a...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Apollo 50: The Role of Intellectual Property in Space Commerce

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Introduced by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. Thank you, Andrei, for that kind introduction. I am always happy to be at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and especially to celebrate the technology impacts of our greatest milestone of space. To those of you in the room who were part of the Apollo program — the astronauts, engineers, program managers, technicians — congratulations and thank you for...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the OneWeb Satellites/Airbus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Merritt Island, Fla.

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Introduced by Tony Gingiss, Chief Executive Officer, OneWeb Satellite Thank you, Tony, for that kind introduction. It’s great to be in Florida as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Everyone here remembers it vividly but a majority of Americans alive today had not yet been born when it occurred, so it is especially important to make them aware of its significance. It is...