Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker convened the inaugural meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Commercial Advocacy, established by an Executive Order signed by President Obama in December 2012. The task force is responsible for coordinating federal resources to help level the playing field on behalf of U.S. businesses competing for international contracts. As a resource to help U.S. businesses sell their goods and services abroad, the Advocacy Center is a key component of President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI).
Secretary Pritzker, who chairs the task force, was joined by representatives from multiple federal agencies who comprise its membership. The task force discussed advocacy wins and progress in interagency coordination from the last year, and laid out the challenges and opportunities the task force must address over the next several months.
After meeting with the task force, Secretary Pritzker met with business leaders who are current or potential Advocacy Center clients.
"The Task Force will help us uncover new ways to provide increased support for U.S. businesses trying to win government contracts across the globe," Secretary Pritzker said. "We want to help U.S. businesses sell their goods and services to the 95 percent of worldwide consumers who live outside our borders, and build on the all-time record exports that the Commerce Department recently announced -- $2.3 trillion in 2013. We know that every $1 billion in exports of U.S. goods and services supports between 4,000 and 5,000 U.S. jobs that pay 13 to 18 percent higher than the average national wage. Supporting U.S. companies in their efforts to export American-made goods and services is critical to the Obama Administration's economic growth agenda."