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Francisco J. SánchezAs Under Secretary, Francisco J. Sánchez leads the International Trade Administration which assists in the development of U.S. trade policy in the global economy; creates jobs and economic growth by promoting U.S. companies; strengthens American competitiveness across all industries; addresses market access and compliance issues; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.

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Francisco J. Sánchez was sworn in on March 29, 2010 as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade after receiving a recess appointment from President Obama. U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Dennis Hightower administered the oath of office to Sánchez who will direct the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration

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Francisco J. Sánchez joined President Obama’s trade policy team as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade after receiving a recess appointment from the President. Sánchez will direct the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace.

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National Export Initaitive logoThe National Export Initiative (NEI) is a critical new effort that will lead to long-term, sustainable economic growth for the United States. President Obama's goal for the NEI is to double exports over the next five years to support two million American jobs.

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The President announces the President's Export Council - July 7, 2010  President Obama: Boosting American Exports - March 11, 2010

"The National Export Initiative (NEI) shall be an Administration initiative to improve conditions that directly affect the private sector's ability to export. The NEI will help meet my Administration's goal of doubling exports over the next 5 years by working to remove trade barriers abroad, by helping firms -- especially small businesses -- overcome the hurdles to entering new export markets, by assisting with financing, and in general by pursuing a Government-wide approach to export advocacy abroad, among other steps."

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    The Department of Commerce offers several types of trade missions, all of which include U.S. companies and usually include senior Commerce officials:

    • Commercial missions
    • Market access missions
    • Policy missions
    • Combined missions
    • Certified trade missions

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    Trade events provide venues for U.S. exporters to meet international buyers, distributors, or representatives.

    ITA maintains a searchable list of all official trade missions and trade events sponsored by the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce on our sister website, Export.gov.


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