For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014
Contact: Tim Truman (202) 482-3809
U.S. Commerce Department Healthcare Trade Mission Launches in Ankara
Assistant Secretary of Commerce Kumar leads 17 U.S. firms to Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey – Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar arrived in Ankara today to kick off a three-stop healthcare trade mission. Kumar, who is making his first international trip since being confirmed in March, is leading a delegation of executives from 17 U.S. medical technologies and healthcare services firms. Ankara is the first stop of the mission that includes visits to Izmir and Istanbul.
“Turkey is a priority market for the United States and the 17 U.S. companies represented in our delegation are eager to learn more about the opportunities the healthcare sector offers,” Kumar said. “I’m excited to introduce these companies that offer world-class products and services to potential partners and customers in order to help this nation meet its ambitious goals to expand and improve healthcare throughout this important trading partner.”
While in Ankara, Kumar will advocate on behalf of U.S. companies to ensure they gain access to commercial opportunities in Turkey, and emphasize the importance of enhancing the U.S-Turkey trade relationship. Kumar will complete the trade mission in Istanbul with a series of government and business meetings.
U.S. exports to Turkey in 2013 totaled more than $12 billion, a 70 percent increase in the past four years. Turkey’s Gross Domestic Product tripled in the past 10 years, making it one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today.
This trade policy mission advances President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to support job creation and economic growth by doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014.
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