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Ambassador Kirk Addresses the American Apparel & Footwear Association Annual Executive Summit

This morning, Ambassador Kirk addressed the American Apparel & Footwear Association Annual Executive Summit. He spoke about creating and supporting American jobs through international trade.

Ambassador Kirk at the AAFA Summit

Read an excerpt of his remarks below, and the full remarks here.

"Today, I want to talk about how the Obama Administration is supporting job-creating trade opportunities here at home. And we are advancing American interests, including fundamental interests of the apparel industry, in the international trade arena.


The ultimate objective of all our efforts can be summed up in one word: jobs.

When companies like yours are able to succeed in the marketplace that supports job creation here at home.

When a shipment of your products arrives in America, an army of workers goes into motion. There's the port worker who unloads your container, the truck driver that carries it to a distribution center or a store, the marketing executive that trumpets its arrival, and the retailer who rings up each individual sale. And that's just domestic sales - every foreign sale you make supports American designers, customs and logistics professionals, and financing and transportation experts.

So your success, and the success of every globally-engaged American company, is critical to the overall economic recovery.

USTR is working to encourage that success with a smart trade policy that creates opportunities wherever possible. And our work won't be finished until every American who wants a job can find one."