At 2024 NFTC Foundation Annual Dinner, Congressional Champions, Biden Administration Emphasize Importance of U.S. Global Economic Leadership

The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Foundation hosted its annual World Trade Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2024. This year, the NFTC Foundation featured remarks from Arun Venkataraman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, and honored Representatives Brad Schneider, Kevin Hern, Carol Miller and Adrian Smith.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Venkataraman Emphasizes "Trade is a Force for Good" at NFTC Foundation Annual Dinner

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Venkataraman highlighted that “trade is a lever to demonstrate U.S. leadership and advance both U.S. interests and those of our allies and partners.” He also noted that the International Trade Administration is “in the business of promoting U.S. exports to foreign markets…fighting trade barriers and creating a level playing field for American firms and workers…[and] harnessing the potential of the digital economy, especially promoting trusted cross‐border data flows that are vital to the modern global economy – all the more so for small enterprises.”

Miller Receives the World Trade Award at the National Foreign Trade Council 2024 World Trade Dinner

“The United States is falling behind China when it comes to trade in the Indo-Pacific, which is why I introduced the bipartisan U.S. Trade Leadership in the Indo Pacific Act,” said Congresswoman Miller. She added that, “Congress needs to implement a strong trade agenda, and this legislation is the first step in strengthening our trade opportunities with our Indo-Pacific allies while allowing the U.S. to compete in the region against the threat of China’s economic influence. I will continue to work on trade policies that will help the United States be the world leader that we need to be on the global stage.”

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