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Women’s global trade empowerment forum highlights available opportunities

WASHINGTON, USA – The US Department of Commerce deputy secretary Karen Dunn Kelley closed the final session of the six-part virtual “Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Forum” earlier this week highlighting the vast opportunities available to women business leaders across North America and the benefits provided by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“The Department of Commerce is honored to facilitate the Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Forum,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Thanks to the steadfast leadership of president Donald Trump, the passage of USMCA continues to further American prosperity by producing fairer trade for the United States, revitalizing the American economy, and benefiting American manufacturers, workers, businesses, and farmers.”

“The Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Forum brought vital resources together to further support two major policy priorities of the Trump administration: free, fair, and reciprocal trade and the economic empowerment of women,” said deputy secretary Kelley. “Our Department was pleased to help nearly 2,000 women business leaders take full advantage of the new USMCA trade agreement.”

The series focused on issues of importance to women-led businesses involved in international trade with topics including USMCA provisions, global e-commerce, export finance, and customs rules of origin. The series also focused on services the US Department of Commerce provides through SelectUSA, facilitating business investment in the United States, legal considerations, and intellectual property protections.

Deputy assistant secretary for the US Field Ana Guevara added, “This forum, ongoing outreach by the 100+ offices of the US Commercial Service, and our recently-initiated strategic partnership with the Organization of Women in International Trade, are just some of the ways our agency is able to connect women in international trade with the many people, tools, and resources that exist within our extensive global network. We want to ensure that women in business are engaged in our regular initiatives and programs and are part of the local trade ecosystem.”

Program speakers also included Canadian and Mexican ambassadors to the United States Kirsten Hillman and Martha Bárcena Coqui, US small business administration, administrator Jovita Carranza, Export-Import Bank chairman and president Kimberly Reed, and senior executives from American firms including UPS, Regions Bank, eBay, among others.



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