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U.S. Commerce Under Secretary Sánchez to Visit Alaska on Friday

To Speak at Export Alaska Celebration Luncheon June 7

Expanding Alaska’s flourishing tourism and international trade sectors is the focus of a visit to Alaska on June 7 by the federal government’s top international trade official, U.S. Commerce Under Secretary Francisco Sánchez.

At the invitation of U.S. Senator Mark Begich, Sánchez will address the 2013 Export Alaska Celebration Luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m., June 7, at Anchorage’s Egan Convention Center. He also will meet with smaller groups of Alaskans involved in international tourism and exports.

“Under Secretary Sánchez is one of the most focused and enthusiastic officials I’ve met, and his willingness to travel to Alaska demonstrates our state’s enormous contribution to the national economy from trade and tourism,” said Begich, who recently met with Sánchez and invited him to Alaska. “Exports and international tourism are big business for Alaska, creating thousands of good-paying jobs for Alaskans.”

Begich was recently appointed to The President’s Export Council, a national advisory board to the President composed of federal department heads, top advisors to the President and leading corporate CEOs. Sánchez serves as executive director to the Council. Begich will introduce Sánchez at the luncheon.

Named one of the nation’s most influential Hispanic leaders, Sánchez heads the International Trade Administration, with 2,400 employees throughout the United States and in 72 foreign countries. He is one of the architects of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which calls for doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014.

Alaska is one of the states most heavily dependent on international trade, selling a record $5 billion worth of goods and services abroad in 2011.

The Export Luncheon is hosted by the World Trade Center Alaska and Export Council of Alaska.  Media availability will be held immediately after the luncheon. 

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