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Ambassador Kirk Focuses on Innovation and U.S. Competitiveness with the Technology CEO Council

Ambassador Kirk met with five members of the Technology CEO Council (TCC) today. Ambassador Kirk and representatives from IBM, Micron Technology, Xerox, Applied Materials and Dell, held a constructive dialogue regarding the importance of opening global markets to American innovation, increasing U.S. competitiveness abroad and creating services-related jobs here at home. Specifically, Ambassador Kirk talked about the access American service companies will receive as part of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement. He also spoke about the importance of increasing U.S. exports and jobs through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and President Obama’s National Export Initiative.

During the meeting, Ambassador Kirk reiterated President Obama’s commitment to win the future. He highlighted USTR’s work to open markets and increase U.S. competitiveness so that Americans can do what they do best - innovate using their creativity and imagination- to create the jobs and industries of the future.

Services accounted for $873 billion in total (two way) trade during 2009, making the United States the largest services trading country in the world.

Ambassador Kirk meets with members of the Technology CEO Council
Ambassador Kirk with members of the Technology CEO Council