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Ambassador Kirk Addresses NCAPEC and the APEC 2011 Host Committee

Ambassador Kirk spoke at a reception to welcome the launch of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) USA Host Committee event on Wednesday, July 14 to prepare for the United States hosting APEC in 2011, including the APEC meeting of Ministers Related to Trade (MRT) in Big Sky, Montana in May 2011. Ambassador Kirk emphasized the U.S.’s opportunity to partner with the economies in the Asia-Pacific region to promote trade by small and medium-sized businesses, create American jobs, increase U.S. exports and grow the American economy. For more information on the 2011 APEC event in Montana, please visit here

Also present at the launch event were U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Congressman Kevin Brady (confirmed to speak), 2011 Host Committee Chairman Craig Mundie of Microsoft, Deborah Henretta, the Group President of Asia of the Procter & Gamble Company, and Monica Whaley, the President of the National Center for APEC (NCAPEC).

The NCAPEC, a non-profit organization, is the only American business enterprise that focuses entirely on APEC issues. It consists of a Board of Governors represented by delegates from top U.S. companies, and it will function as Secretariat to the APEC 2011 USA Host Committee.

Ambassador Kirk Speaks at the APEC 2011 Host Committee Dinner
Ambassador Kirk Speaks at the APEC 2011 Host Committee Dinner