Why and How the USA is Focused on Asia as its Priority Trading Region over the Next Decade
Breakfast Presentation by Francisco J. Sanchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, US Department of Commerce
Breakfast at 8:00 am
Presentation at 8:30 am
Close at 9:30 am
Francisco J. Sanchez serves as Under Secretary for International Trade at the US Department of Commerce, a post he was nominated to by President Barack Obama in 2009. As Under Secretary, Mr. Sanchez leads the International Trade Administration, an organization of 2400 employees with offices throughout the US and in more than 70 countries. Mr. Sanchez leads the efforts to improve the global business environment by helping US businesses compete abroad. As one of the architects of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, with the ambitious goal of doubling US exports by the end of 2014, Mr. Sanchez directs programs and policies that promote and protect the competitiveness of American businesses. Mr. Sanchez has a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. During the Clinton Administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the US Department of Transportation. Mr. Sanchez previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President Clinton, and Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas. In addition to his public service, Mr. Sanchez spent more than 15 years working with several leading consulting companies on projects involving negotiation strategy and training, most recently as a partner with CMPartners. Mr. Sanchez was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and also one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine. Mr. Sanchez obtained his BA and JD from Florida State University and his Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.