A Roadshow About Jobs

Posted by Lorraine Hariton
March 2, 2011
Woman on Phone Walks Outside Firm in Tokyo

About the Author: Lorraine Hariton serves as Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs.

I had the honor of serving as keynote at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 Roadshow program workshop for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) at the University of California, Riverside on February 25. I had the opportunity to interface with approximately 20 local business officials and the audience asked great questions about export opportunities and how to overcome challenges in doing business abroad. I encouraged U.S. firms to not only seek customers in the United States, but amongst the 95 percent of the world's customers who live beyond our borders. I urged participants to consider Asia Pacific markets: more than 70 percent of the global economic growth has taken place during the past decade. In fact, developing countries are expected to be the fastest growing economies in the world between 2010 and 2015. And that means U.S. jobs. Fortunately, there's lots of help out there -- U.S. companies can seek support from 19 U.S. government agencies involved in trade promotion. One example of U.S. government efforts to promote business interests in the Asia Pacific includes seeking passage of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement which is expected to increase exports of American goods by $10 to $11 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs. The group was interested in the agreement's benefits for California, which exported an average of $7 billion in goods to Korea from 2007-2009.

More to come on this -- the United States is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) this year, which means that officials from the 21 APEC economies will convene in the United States on various occasions this year to discuss how to expand economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific region in a way that fosters free and open trade and investment, and encouraged U.S. SMEs to engage in the APEC discussions on SMEs in mid-May in Big Sky, Montana.



March 2, 2011

Omar S. writes

Thank you for your ideas and opinion .......

March 7, 2011

Khalil S. in Israel writes:


South Korea
March 7, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

SOS in Japan.

Democratic Party of Japan - "http: / / www.dpj.or.jp/" - the situation is very bad news, in Korea, I'm seeing the construction workers ... Although, the fulfillment of the promise of commitment that is opaque, but the Prime Minister of Japan to replace the 50-year practice of the dark, trying to reform think. Japan's economy, now the opposition and government officials realized, but Japan's rice cake, values, practices such as many side effects, making - a good direction with the politician, but the suspension received - and now, open and clean society create obstacles and think.

Was formulated, the world cried out for reform of the few people who was always, they disappear, then re-ruling conservative people, you think you know the importance of reform is the one who tried.

If you have some time, while in the Middle East problem, beyond the Democratic Party of Japan, um, getting a little attention, nor economies of Asia are considered to be a great help. If you hold the opposition to this regime, the development, but the shadow of the economic development of citizens with a heavy heart to think that might be. While the rich people of poor countries, and I think that go to the economics, cost-effective levels high, but the lives of ordinary citizens to rely on things like the lottery to escape ..

Thank You.

Diane M.
District Of Columbia, USA
May 13, 2011

Diane M. in Washington, DC writes:

I am thrilled to learn about the upcoming APEC Women and the Economy Summit. As an award-winning entrepreneur in the green space, I am active in inspiring and empowering women to green their businesses and to start green businesses. Please let me know how I can help add green expertise to the Summit. Thank you.

New York, USA
May 19, 2011

Joe in New York writes:

In order for businesses to make inroads into new markets and for citizens to find jobs, we must better align our standards applying to everything from manufactured goods to buildings.We must improve the quality of our regulations to ensure that they are not unnecessarily burdensome!


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