A: Wednesday, October 21st is an important day to remember in the history of exporting and foreign trade. It was on that day that President Obama signed the South Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements.
In his remarks, he underscored that these trade agreements will significantly boost American exports, support tens of thousands of American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property.
Q: Did any of the DECs play a role in getting this legislation through Congress?
A: We are proud of the role that the National DEC, our 60 DEC chapters and 1600 DEC members played in helping to get this very important legislation enacted.
Q: What legislative issues lie ahead?
A: Among the issues the National DEC will be addressing in 2012 is the Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations legislation, the President’s Trade Promotion Authority, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Q: What role will the eight Regional Legislative Coordinators play?
A: They will help to facilitate communication between DEC chairs (and members) and their senators and representatives , as well as their district directors, and their constituents.
This includes facilitating USEAC programs such as the Export Achievement Awards, World Trade Day/Week, the Gold Key program and organizing local seminars and webinars.