At the International Trade Administration, we work every day
to help U.S. businesses compete and succeed in the global markets. In my view, this work is more important than
ever. More than 9 out of every 10 of the
world's customers live outside our borders. In order for our nation to compete
in the 21st century, it's critically important that American goods
reach these foreign buyers.
ITA's talented staff works every day to achieve this goal,
but we fully realize that, because of our limited resources, we can't do it
all. That is why establishing collaborations
with a wide-variety of partners has been a priority of my tenure.
Here's a fact: the 100 largest metro areas in our country make up just 12% of land area — but they make up 65% of our population and 75% of our nation's GDP. So when it comes to export growth, it should come as no surprise that metro areas are leading the way.
Assistant Secretary Michael Camuñez discusses the importance of U.S.-Mexico trade and the recent "Realizing the Economic Strength of Our 21st Century Border: Trade, Education, and Jobs" conference
In a whirlwind tour of eight cities, ITA met with hundreds of U.S. companies, educating them on how to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights (IPR) in the U.S. and in foreign markets.
The 2012 National Trademark Expo will return to the D.C. area on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. Hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at its Alexandria, Virginia headquarters, the free, two-day event will inform the public about trademarks and their importance in the global marketplace.
At a reception honoring alumni of ITA's Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program held in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 2, Dr. Oleg Prokhorenko, a Russian entrepreneur and small business owner, told Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sánchez that participation in a SABIT internship "changed his life and career."