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The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 2020 Report: Advancing Economic Empowerment for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – A Call to Action

                                                         

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 11, 2021

CONTACT: whiaapi@doc.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) submitted their 2020 report: Advancing Economic Empowerment for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – A Call to Action. The Report proposes actionable recommendations for the Executive Branch to enhance economic resources and to implement transformational solutions that ensure full AAPI participation in the U.S. economy.

“We have witnessed first-hand the concerted efforts of the Commission to interact with a diversity of stakeholders, assemble available data, and articulate this set of recommendations to help fully realize the untapped potential of AAPIs. As you have appreciated, the success of AAPIs and other minority groups is vital to the overall success of the U.S. economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao in a joint letter to the President on behalf of the Commission. 

“We collectively benefit when we empower all Americans with equal access to resources and opportunities,” said Chairman Dr. Paul Hsu. “This Report is intended to provide a roadmap for implementing transformational solutions that benefit not only AAPIs but also all Americans seeking to succeed and pursue their American dream.”

This Report proposes concrete, actionable recommendations to help better the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Specifically, and in accordance with the President’s Executive Order 13872 on Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Commission recommends the following: 1) Report better data on the AAPI experience; 2) Expand AAPI workforce development opportunities; 3) Enhance access to economic resources and opportunities for AAPI-owned enterprises; and, 4) Improve the economic condition of U.S. Pacific Islanders. This report is intended to provide a roadmap for the Executive Branch to implement transformational solutions that ensure full AAPI participation in the U.S. economy.

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) work collaboratively to broaden Asian American and Pacific Islander access to economic resources and opportunities and thus empower AAPIs to improve the quality of their lives, raise the standard of living of their families and communities, and more fully participate in our economy. Per Executive Order 13872 on the Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Commission shall provide advice to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation, who serve as Co-Chairs of the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).

 

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About WHIAAPI & PAC-AAPI: The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs (PAC-AAPI) work to broaden access by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) employers and communities to economic resources and opportunities, thus empowering AAPIs to improve the quality of their lives, raise the standard of living for their families and communities, and more fully participate in our economy. The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) is established pursuant to Executive Order 13872 (May 13, 2019) to advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation. The PAC-AAPI and the WHIAAPI Office is located in the US. Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency provides financial and administrative support for the performance of the Commission’s functions.