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Senator Begich Named to Top Federal Export Council

Will Use Position to Increase Sales of Alaska Products and Services Abroad

To help increase sales of Alaska’s products and services abroad, U.S. Senator Mark Begich has been named to the President’s Export Council, a national advisory board to the president to promote American exports.  Begich joins 19 leading corporate leaders, a handful of other members of Congress and top cabinet officers including the secretaries of State, Treasury, Commerce, Energy and Agriculture on the prestigious council.

“With Alaska’s economy tied to international exports more than most states, I’ll use my position on this Council to showcase what Alaska has to sell to the world, from our wild salmon to our expertise in how to produce oil and gas in some of the most challenging conditions on the globe,” Begich said. “As today’s Arctic Ambitions conference in Anchorage shows, there are growing opportunities for Alaska entrepreneurs and businesses to sell more Alaska goods and services abroad through Arctic commerce while creating good-paying Alaskan jobs at home.”

The President’s Export Council advises the president on policies and programs that enhance American trade, including export expansion and provides a forum for resolving trade disputes.

Among the top corporate officials on the Council are the chief executive officers of Boeing, Xerox, Dow Corning, The Walt Disney Company, Ford Motor Company and UPS. Other administration officials include the heads of the Export-Import Bank, Small Business Administration, Council of Economic Advisors and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Alaska exports topped $5 billion in 2011, with seafood, minerals, forest products and precious metals leading the way of products sold abroad. As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Begich has worked in the Senate to increase foreign sales of U.S. products and encourage more international travelers to the U.S.  He has brought key Cabinet officials to Alaska to expand trade opportunities, such as former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu. 

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