Special Feature
May 6, 2013 AUTHOR
Leila Aridi Afas | Director of Export Promotion

HIGHLIGHTING WORLD TRADE MONTH THROUGHOUT MAY

Leila Aridi Afas serves as USTDA's Director of Export Promotion
Leila Aridi Afas serves as USTDA's Director of Export Promotion

We're joining our fellow U.S. government agencies, partner organizations and the international community in celebrating World Trade Month during the month of May.

Did you know that World Trade Month began as World Trade Week in 1926? It wasn't until the Los Angles Chamber of Commerce looking for a unique way to promote local businesses through exports created what is now recognized as World Trade Month.

While World Trade Month only lasts 31 short days, USTDA works all year long to support American job growth through the export of U.S. goods and services to emerging markets. In fact, the Agency's programs are responsible for generating more than $19.7 billion in U.S. exports over the last 10 years. That means $63 in exports for every $1 programmed.  Even more importantly, this translates into more than 100,000 jobs right here in the United States that were supported through USTDA's programs.

This month, USTDA will also be teaming up with numerous export, trade and finance related agencies across the federal government to host a series of Twitter Q and A's for U.S. Companies. This Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with exporting solutions, including information on the resources available to begin or expand exporting goods and services to overseas markets.  For more information on the series, visit www.ustda.gov/tradechat.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating World Trade Month throughout May; it's a excellent opportunity to follow USTDA this month as we share more about all the great events that are happening at the Agency. If you're not already doing so, find us on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and sign up for our monthly eNewsletter, Trade Posts.

And as always, you can also learn more about our mission, programs and activities at www.ustda.gov

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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