Flag

An official website of the United States government

News & Events

U.S. Embassy Events

If you would like to receive information about upcoming events,
please e-mail: ViennaPrograms@state.gov

Year

Month

TOPIC

KEYWORD(s)

News from Washington, D.C.

United with Ukraine [rolling updates]
ShareAmerica

United with Ukraine [rolling updates]

January 27, 2023

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.

PEPFAR: 20 years of impact
ShareAmerica

PEPFAR: 20 years of impact

January 24, 2023

The U.S. global AIDS relief initiative known as PEPFAR has helped millions of people since it was created in 2003. Learn more about it.

News from the U.S. Department of State

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN – 20th Anniversary of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 
Department of State

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN – 20th Anniversary of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 

January 28, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); The Secretary of State Twenty years ago today, President George W. Bush announced the creation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  Since that historic announcement, the people of the United States provided more than $100 billion to save more than 25 million lives and contributed to the resilient public and community health systems for today and the future. Working with partner governments, multilateral and regional institutions, people living with HIV/AIDS, NGOs, and other stakeholders, we are confident that we can continue that progress and eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. With bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress and the generosity of the American people, PEPFAR has provided over 20.1 million people with life-saving HIV treatment in over 55 countries. These efforts have built, and continue to build, a stronger health infrastructure in many countries, improving health security and responses to other health crises such as COVID-19, mpox, and Ebola. However, we know that progress in ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic can be easily reversed without focused, sustained, and equitable action. We cannot achieve our goal to end HIV/AIDS as a global health threat if we deny people’s rights or if we allow stigmatization and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS or those who are most vulnerable to acquiring HIV. As President Biden declared on World AIDS Day 2022, “e finally have the scientific understanding, treatments, and tools to build an AIDS-free future where everyone – no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love – can get the care and respect they deserve.” Our Administration is committed to ensuring all LGBTQI+ individuals are treated with dignity and respect, closing pernicious gender gaps, and ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. It is incumbent upon us to maintain progress, follow the science, and address disparities and inequitable access to achieve our shared goals. Thank you to the many people across the world who have helped PEPFAR succeed over the previous twenty years and who are joining me today in recommitting to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. We look forward to marking PEPFAR’s twenty years of impact throughout 2023.

Under Secretary Fernandez Signs Administrative Arrangement with European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content, and Technology (DG-CNECT) on Artificial Intelligence
Department of State

Under Secretary Fernandez Signs Administrative Arrangement with European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content, and Technology (DG-CNECT) on Artificial Intelligence

January 28, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Office of the Spokesperson Yesterday, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez signed an administrative arrangement between the United States and European Commission to further research on artificial intelligence. This arrangement presents an opportunity for joint scientific and technological research with our Transatlantic partners, for the benefit of the global scientific community. Furthermore, it offers a compelling vision for how to use AI in a way that serves our peoples and upholds our democratic values such as transparency, fairness, and privacy. The research areas will be integral to a stronger global future, and include: Extreme Weather and Climate Forecasting, Emergency Response Management, Health and Medicine Improvements, Electric Grid Optimization, and Agriculture Optimization. The United States and the EU are united in our goal to advance the benefits of AI and related critical technology. To stay updated, follow Under Secretary Fernandez on Twitter @State_E, Facebook @StateDeptE, and LinkedIn @State-E. For press inquiries, please contact: E_Communications@state.gov.

Strengthening Shared Understanding Among the Partners in the Blue Pacific and Pacific Islands:  Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)
Department of State

Strengthening Shared Understanding Among the Partners in the Blue Pacific and Pacific Islands: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)

January 28, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Office of the Spokesperson The text of this statement was released by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Begin Text: A workshop on “Strengthening Shared Understanding Among the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) and Pacific Islands: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)” was held January 24-26, 2023 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. This workshop brought together officials and experts from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency; the Pacific Fusion Centre; along with Pacific Island representatives; PBP partners Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States; and PBP observers including the European Union, France, and India. The participants discussed the challenges around IUUF and MDA in the Pacific through a series of plenary sessions led by regional subject matter experts. The workshop culminated in discussions about regional priorities and opportunities for deepening cooperation on MDA. The workshop strengthened shared understanding of the IUUF and MDA challenges facing the Pacific, and identified areas for further cooperation. For further information on PBP, please see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/06/24/statement-by-australia-japan-new-zealand-the-united-kingdom-and-the-united-states-on-the-establishment-of-the-partners-in-the-blue-pacific-pbp/  https://www.state.gov/joint-statement-on-partners-in-the-blue-pacific-foreign-ministers-meeting/

Russia’s Intensifying Crackdown on Independent Civil Society
Department of State

Russia’s Intensifying Crackdown on Independent Civil Society

January 27, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Ned Price, Department Spokesperson In recent days, the Kremlin has struck more blows against independent civil society and media. On January 25, a Moscow court ruled to close the Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s oldest human rights organization and the inspiration for citizens’ groups monitoring human rights in the Europe-Eurasia region and around the world. The Kremlin’s crackdown on independent civil society and media at home creates a climate of impunity that enables its aggression against its neighbors. The Moscow Helsinki Group is among the most recent targets of Russian authorities’ expanding crackdown on the exercise of human rights, including freedom of expression. Recent Russian designations of the Andrey Sakharov Foundation and independent news outlet Meduza as “undesirable,” effectively outlawing their activities in Russia, are further examples of the Kremlin’s intensifying campaign to cut off independent sources of information and silence voices of conscience. The United States stands in solidarity with courageous human rights defenders, independent journalists, and pro-democracy advocates in Russia who continue their work despite considerable risk. We call for the unconditional release of the hundreds of political prisoners Russia continues to hold, including those deprived of their freedom for taking a principled stance against the Russian government’s war of aggression against Ukraine. We call again on the government of Russia to end its brutal aggression abroad and acts of repression at home, both of which violate international law and contravene Helsinki Final Act principles on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and the human rights of all people.

Joint Statement on U.S.–Italy Science and Technology Cooperation
Department of State

Joint Statement on U.S.–Italy Science and Technology Cooperation

January 27, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Office of the Spokesperson The following joint statement was released by the Governments of the United States and Italy at the 14th meeting of the U.S.-Italy Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation. Begin Text: On January 26 and 27, the Government of Italy hosted the 14th United States – Italy Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation. Ms. Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. State Department, and Mr. Shawn Crowley, Charge d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Rome, joined Ms. Maria Tripodi, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Mr. Alessandro Gonzales, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Italy in the United States, and Mr. Giuseppe Pastorelli, Director for Integrated Promotion and Innovation, to convene the meeting. The JCM, launched 25 years ago, provides a regular opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important science and technology endeavors in our countries and to prioritize future collaboration. This JCM convened representatives from government agencies and research institutions in Italy and the United States to discuss environmental and climate sciences; particle and nuclear physics and astrophysics; health research; and emerging technologies. The two delegations agreed that science and technology cooperation is inspired by democratic values, equity, fair competition, freedom of inquiry, openness, research integrity, and transparency. Both sides endorsed continued research cooperation, including opportunities to enhance collaboration in physics and astrophysics; Earth science, applications, and observations; health and life sciences; climate change and mitigation; advanced materials; quantum information science; digital transition and artificial intelligence; and energy transition. End Text.

Designation of Former Representatives of the National Assembly of Serbia Verica Radeta and Petar Jojić for Involvement in Significant Corruption
Department of State

Designation of Former Representatives of the National Assembly of Serbia Verica Radeta and Petar Jojić for Involvement in Significant Corruption

January 27, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Ned Price, Department Spokesperson The United States is designating former Serbian National Assembly Representatives Verica Radeta and Petar Jojić for their involvement in significant corruption. While serving in the National Assembly of Serbia, Radeta and Jojić bribed and intimidated witnesses scheduled to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to dissuade them from offering incriminating evidence against Serbian Radical Party (c SRS) leader Vojislav Seselj, who was subsequently convicted of war crimes. Their conduct interfered with judicial processes, leading the ICTY to issue international arrest warrants for contempt, threatening regional stability, and adversely impacting the national interests of the United States. These designations reaffirm the commitment of the United States to combat corruption, which harms the public interest, hampers partners’ economic prosperity, and curtails the ability of governments to respond effectively to the needs of their people. The United States continues to stand with all Serbians in support of democracy and the rule of law and will continue to promote accountability for those who abuse public power for personal gain. These public designations — including that of Jojić’s adult son, Gojko Jojić — are made under Section 7031(c) of the annual Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act.

U.S. Support for WCO Secretary General Candidacy of Ian Saunders
Department of State

U.S. Support for WCO Secretary General Candidacy of Ian Saunders

January 27, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States strongly supports the candidacy of Ian Saunders to become the next Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO).  Mr. Saunders has more than 30 years of experience in customs and international trade.  In addition to having served at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he has held other positions engaged in international trade and infrastructure policies as well as capacity building and information-sharing programs.  He currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary within the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Saunders is prepared to build on the WCO’s rich history of fostering global customs cooperation by optimizing current efforts to facilitate the post-pandemic economic recovery, and by adopting a proactive and agile organizational posture to capitalize on future opportunities and to mitigate future threats. Ian Saunders will be a transformative leader of the WCO, and we encourage our partners to similarly support his candidacy.

Bicentennial of U.S.-Argentina Official Relations
Department of State

Bicentennial of U.S.-Argentina Official Relations

January 27, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Today marks 200 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between the governments and people of Argentina and the United States.  On this occasion, I express my heartfelt gratitude for the warm and productive partnership that our two countries have shared over the past two centuries.  Our formal links began in 1823 when President James Monroe named Caesar Rodney of Delaware as Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata.  Since then, our shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, labor rights, and human rights have helped our two nations overcome the many domestic, regional, and global challenges that we have confronted. As we mark this important milestone together, I wish to highlight that our close bilateral relationship is based on deeply held shared values.  In addition to our strong commitment to democracy and human rights, the United States and Argentina seek to promote fair and equitable economic prosperity for our people, save our planet from the effects of climate change, ensure security from criminals and aggressors, and advance human achievement through science and education.  It is also fitting to note the strong people-to-people bonds on which our familial, scholastic, cultural, and business ties are so firmly based. On behalf of the American people, I express our wish for even deeper and more expansive cooperation between Argentina and the United States in the years ahead.  With admiration for all of Argentina’s political, economic, and cultural contributions to the world, we look forward to enjoying the fruits of friendship between our nations into the future.

Bicentennial of U.S.-Chile Official Relations
Department of State

Bicentennial of U.S.-Chile Official Relations

January 27, 2023

document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”, function(event) { jQuery(document).ready(function(){ if (jQuery(‘p .watermark’).length > 0 ) { jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().addClass(‘watermarked’); jQuery(‘p .watermark’).parent().each( function() { jQuery(this).children(‘img’).attr(‘style’, ‘margin: 0 !important’); jQuery(this).children().wrapAll(”); }); jQuery(‘.entry-content p.watermarked > div.watermarked_image > img’).each( function() { if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignnone’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignnone’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignleft’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignleft’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘alignright’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘alignright’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘size-medium’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘has-size-medium’ ); } if ( jQuery(this).hasClass(‘aligncenter’) ) { jQuery(this).parent().addClass( ‘aligncenter’ ); jQuery(this).parent().children().wrapAll(”); } }); } }); }); Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I extend my warmest wishes to the people of Chile as we celebrate the 200-year anniversary of our relationship.  In 1823, President James Monroe named Heman Allen the first U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to Chile.  Since then, our bonds have evolved and expanded through changing and sometimes challenging times.  The strong partnership we share today is a testament to everything we have achieved and overcome together. During the last 200 years, the collaboration between our countries and our citizens across government, academia, civil society, and the private sector contributed significantly to creating to a more secure, sustainable, democratic, and prosperous world.  I value Chile’s commitment to our shared goals of promoting democracy and the rule of law, safeguarding and protecting human rights, advancing social inclusion and equity, addressing climate change and ocean conservation, encouraging technological innovation, and ensuring global security.  This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which continues to increase prosperity for the people of both our countries. As we enter the third century of our friendship, the United States looks forward to building on our mutual admiration to implement our shared vision for a more inclusive and equitable hemisphere.  I am confident that through our steadfast relationship, we will continue to advance our shared priorities for a more inclusive world with opportunities for all.

News from the Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Two Stakeholder Listening Sessions for the IPEF Special Negotiating Round
U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Two Stakeholder Listening Sessions for the IPEF Special Negotiating Round

January 19, 2023

The U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Two Stakeholder Listening Sessions for the IPEF Special Negotiating Round KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 01/19/2023 – 09:38 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 19, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov The U.S. Department of Commerce invites interested stakeholders to participate in a stakeholder listening session opportunity on February 1, 2023, in advance of the special negotiating round for Pillars II-IV of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) in New Delhi, India. In addition, the Government of India is organizing two in-person stakeholder events in New Delhi for the IPEF special negotiating round. Stakeholders interested in participating in one or both events should register per the instructions below. The special negotiating round hosted by the Government of India in New Delhi will be for IPEF Pillar II (supply chains), Pillar III (clean economy), and Pillar IV (fair economy). All stakeholder events are closed to the press. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE LISTENING SESSION Event Details Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Time:  9:00am – 10:30am (Eastern Time) Venue:  Virtual Registration Registration for all participants must be sent to USCommerceIPEF@trade.gov. In the email, please use the subject line “Department of Commerce IPEF Listening Session.” Registration will close at 12:00pm (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Please indicate whether you are interested in providing a short intervention or presentation at the event. The time permitted for presentations will depend on the number of confirmed stakeholder presenters. NEW DELHI STAKEHOLDER EVENTS Event Details Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm (India Standard Time) for a stakeholder listening session Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm (India Standard Time) for a stakeholder reception Venue: New Delhi, India Registration Interested participants should email USCommerceIPEF@trade.gov to receive the registration information package. In the email, please use the subject line “New Delhi Stakeholder Registration.” Registration will close at 12:00pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, January 27, 2023. Participants will have the option to provide a short intervention or presentation at the stakeholder listening session. Participants can participate in one or both of the New Delhi stakeholder events and should note which events they are interested in when contacting USCommerceIPEF@trade.gov for the registration information and additional details. Additional information on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity: In May 2022, the United States launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  The IPEF will advance resilience, sustainability, inclusiveness, economic growth, fairness, and competitiveness for our economies. The 14 IPEF partners represent 40 percent of global GDP and 28 percent of global goods and services trade. The IPEF features four pillars: (I) Trade; (II) Supply Chains; (III) Clean Economy; and (IV) Fair Economy.  On September 9, 2022, the United States and IPEF partners issued ministerial statements outlining the scope of future negotiations for the Pillars of the IPEF. Beginning on February 8, 2023, the Department of Commerce, along with interagency colleagues, will join the IPEF partners for the IPEF special negotiating round in New Delhi, India. Bureaus and Offices International Trade Administration Tags Indo Pacific Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases National Strategy to Put Nature on the Nation’s Balance Sheet
U.S. Department of Commerce

Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases National Strategy to Put Nature on the Nation’s Balance Sheet

January 19, 2023

Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases National Strategy to Put Nature on the Nation’s Balance Sheet KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 01/19/2023 – 09:16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 19, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the final National Strategy to Develop Statistics for Environmental-Economic Decisions, a historic roadmap that will kick off a multi-year effort to put nature on the nation’s balance sheet for the first time, with an emphasis on better data to understand nature’s critical contributions to the U.S. economy and to guide policy and business decisions moving forward.   Current national economic statistics measure the U.S. economy in a manner that does not account for the role and value of underlying natural assets, such as land, water, minerals, animals, and plants. Without natural capital reflected in national statistics, the United States cannot fully track the role of natural capital in driving economic growth, making it harder for public and private sectors to plan for the future. Expanding the national economic accounting system to include natural capital will better capture the links between nature and the economy and lead to a more inclusive and comprehensive accounting of the U.S. economy.   The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the U.S. Department of Commerce led the development of the final National Strategy to Develop Statistics for Environmental-Economic Decisions, working with more than 27 federal departments and agencies at the table, and incorporating input received from across sectors during a public open comment period.   “Natural assets, like land and water, underpin businesses, enhance quality of life, and act as a stabilizing force for economic prosperity and opportunity. They also help counteract the destabilizing risks to our environment and markets caused by climate change and nature loss. Yet the connections between nature and the economy are not currently reflected in our national economic statistics,” wrote OSTP Director Arati Prabhakar, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and OMB Director Shalanda Young, in a letter introducing the report. “The National Strategy gives us a path to change that. Clearly measuring the quantity and value of natural capital will enable more accurate economic growth forecasts and facilitate a more complete picture of economic progress to inform how we prioritize investments.”   Using existing authorities and building on and integrating numerous existing natural capital measurement efforts across the government, implementation of the Final National Strategy to Develop Statistics for Environmental-Economic Decisions will organize the information needed to make informed decisions that enhance economic prosperity in the present, while securing future nature-dependent economic opportunities.   The final National Strategy to Develop Statistics for Environmental-Economic Decisions is available here. Bureaus and Offices Bureau of Economic Analysis U.S. Census Bureau Leadership Gina M. Raimondo Tags Secretary Gina Raimondo Climate Change

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeaki Matsumoto 
U.S. Department of Commerce

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeaki Matsumoto 

January 18, 2023

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeaki Matsumoto  ASowah@doc.gov Wed, 01/18/2023 – 12:12 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves met with Japan’s Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeaki Matsumoto. The two leaders presided over the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) on open, resilient telecommunications networks, and reaffirmed the importance of U.S.-Japanese partnership on this shared priority. The meeting also addressed Japan’s 2023 G7 presidency, continued support for the development and adoption of Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN), next steps for efforts in the Quad and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, and expanded collaboration between NTIA and MIC. Bureaus and Offices National Telecommunications and Information Administration Leadership Don Graves

Secretary Raimondo Appoints Members of U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
U.S. Department of Commerce

Secretary Raimondo Appoints Members of U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

January 12, 2023

Secretary Raimondo Appoints Members of U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 01/12/2023 – 12:08 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 12, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Board Advises the Secretary on Matters that Relate to the Travel and Tourism Industry in the United States Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the appointments of 32 leaders from businesses and organizations in the domestic travel and tourism industry to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). TTAB members advise the Secretary of Commerce on how government policies and programs affect the travel and tourism industry and offer counsel on current and emerging issues to support sustainable growth of the travel and tourism industry as our nation’s economic engine. “Travel and tourism returned with force in 2022 as we opened up our country once again to visitors from around the globe,” said Secretary Raimondo. “Since day one of the Biden Administration, the Commerce Department has taken decisive actions to support this industry’s recovery. The U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board plays a vital role in providing expert recommendations and industry insight to optimize the American travel experience. I look forward to working with new and returning members.” TTAB was first chartered in 2003 and has been re-chartered nine times. Past boards have provided advice on a wide range of policies and issues, including travel facilitation, visa policy, infrastructure, aviation security, tourism research, climate and economic sustainability. The membership for the 2023-2024 term of TTAB listed below includes representatives of state and regional economic development teams, businesses, and organizations: Reggie Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Cvent Balram Bheodari, Aviation General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Adam Burke, President and CEO, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Brian Chesky, Cofounder and CEO, Airbnb Julie Coker, President and CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line Fred Felleman, Commissioner, Port of Seattle Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and Film Matt Goldberg, President and CEO, Tripadvisor, Inc. Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association Russ Hedge, President and CEO, Hostelling International USA Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO, MGM Resorts International Peter Ingram, President and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines Stephanie Jones, Founder and CEO, Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance Andrew Leary, Director of Sustainable Tourism and Partnerships, Leave No Trace Eric Lipp, Founder and Executive Director, Open Doors Organization Casandra Matej, President and CEO, Visit Orlando Peter Millones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Booking Holdings, Inc. Will Morey, President and CEO, The Morey Organization Tricia Primrose, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Communications & Public Affairs Officer, Marriott International Lana Ramos, Vice President, Marketing and Community Relations, Locally Grown Restaurants Carroll Rheem, Founder and CEO, iolite group Dan Richards, Founder and CEO, The Global Rescue Companies Adam Sacks, President, Tourism Economics John Sage, President, Accessible Travel Solutions Stephen Scherr, CEO, Hertz Corporation Greg Schulze, Senior Vice President, Strategic Travel Partners, Expedia Monica Smith, President and CEO, Southeast Tourism Society Jerry Tan, President and CEO, Tan Holdings Donald “D” Taylor, President, UNITE HERE Peter van Berkel, President, Travalco USA, Inc. The National Travel and Tourism Office, housed within the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, serves as the Executive Secretariat for the TTAB. Questions and comments about the TTAB can be directed to TTAB@trade.gov Bureaus and Offices International Trade Administration Leadership Gina M. Raimondo Tags Secretary Gina Raimondo Travel and Tourism

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal
U.S. Department of Commerce

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal

January 12, 2023

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 01/12/2023 – 09:20 ICT Supply Chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 12, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal in Washington, DC. The Secretary noted that she looked forward to co-leading the upcoming U.S.-India CEO Forum and Commercial Dialogue meetings with him in New Delhi this March. She also expressed her gratitude for India’s hosting of the engagements. The two also agreed on the importance of ensuring concrete follow-up of outcomes and discussed priority themes for the forum and dialogue, including supply chain resilience, enhancing energy security, inclusive digital economy, and post-pandemic economic recovery, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Secretary also thanked the Minister for India’s continued constructive engagement on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and for hosting the upcoming IPEF negotiating round for the Pillars relating to Supply Chains, Clean Energy, Decarbonization and Infrastructure, and Tax and Anti-Corruption in February. The Secretary also welcomed India’s presidency of the G20 and looked forward to working with Minister Goyal and other officials to ensure a successful G20 year. Bureaus and Offices International Trade Administration Leadership Gina M. Raimondo Tags Secretary Gina Raimondo U.S.-India CEO Forum Digital Economy

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation Taro Kono
U.S. Department of Commerce

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation Taro Kono

January 11, 2023

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation Taro Kono KCPullen@doc.gov Wed, 01/11/2023 – 17:05 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Today, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves met Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation Taro Kono in Washington, DC. The two leaders discussed the digital agenda for Japan’s G7 presidency in 2023 and a proposal to operationalize Japan’s concept for Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT), a G20-endorsed guiding principle for international cooperation on cross-border data flows. The Deputy Secretary raised the Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Trusted Government Access process as two examples of the DFFT principle in action. The two also discussed areas of bilateral cooperation such as ORAN (Open Radio Access Networks) and cybersecurity, as well as U.S.-Japan cooperation on supporting digital transformation in developing countries in Africa, the Indo-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Bureaus and Offices International Trade Administration Leadership Don Graves

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura
U.S. Department of Commerce

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura

January 5, 2023

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 01/05/2023 – 15:30 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 5, 2023 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura to discuss Prime Minister Kishida’s upcoming visit to Washington and ongoing U.S.-Japan collaboration in areas critical to our shared economic prosperity. The Secretary and Minister discussed the importance of working together to promote and protect critical and emerging technologies, including through R&D and export controls, so as to support our technological competitiveness and to address our shared security interests. Executives from IBM and Japan’s Rapidus Corp. joined the meeting to share an overview of their ongoing collaboration on semiconductor R&D, which promotes innovation in both the United States and Japan. The Secretary and Minister also shared updates and discussed progress made across a variety of joint initiatives, including the Japan-U.S. Commercial and Industrial Partnership, the Economic Policy Consultative Committee (Economic “2+2”), and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. Leadership Gina M. Raimondo Tags Secretary Gina Raimondo Indo Pacific Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations
U.S. Department of Commerce

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations

December 29, 2022

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 12/29/2022 – 18:46 ICT Supply Chain Infrastructure Investing in communities and workers Manufacturing Minority business growth FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 29, 2022 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Commerce after President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 into law. “Once again, President Biden is showing that the United States government is capable of delivering on its promises to the American people and I congratulate everyone who worked so hard to pass this omnibus spending bill into law before the year’s end. As we successfully implement the programs funded through the American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden Administration will continue showing that an economy that invests in the American people is an economy that will create shared prosperity for all. That includes investments in things like high-speed internet for all Americans, job training, high-tech manufacturing, innovation, basic research, and more. “I’m proud to have worked with members of Congress to get the Department of Commerce the funding we need to make these programs a reality, and I will continue working with Congress to implement a strategy that prioritizes investment at home, while encouraging cooperation and trade with our allies and partners abroad. “The omnibus spending bill will further enable the Department of Commerce to fulfill its mission of strengthening America’s global competitiveness by allocating the department $11.2 billion in net discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion above the previous fiscal year, and an additional $1.9 billion in emergency relief funding to respond to recent natural disasters, and fund scientific and environmental research and other nondefense related programs: $1.54 billion for the Economic Development Administration, including $500 million for Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs, $500 million for infrastructure recovery efforts, $200 million for the Recompete Pilot Program, and $295.5 million for other Economic Development Assistance programs. $625 million, $55 million above fiscal year 2022, for the International Trade Administration, to help create jobs here at home by increasing U.S. exports, and continued funding for International Trade Administration enforcement and compliance to protect U.S. industries against unfair foreign trade practices.   $191 million, an increase of $50 million above fiscal year 2022, for the Bureau of Industry and Security to advance U.S. national security through effective export controls. $70 million, an increase of $15 million above fiscal year 2022, for the Minority Business Development Agency to support underserved business owners and entrepreneurs across the country. $4.25 billion for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to help protect new ideas and investments in American innovation and promote technological progress and achievement. $175 million, $17 million above fiscal year 2022, for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program to help small and medium sized American manufacturers create and preserve jobs. $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including $300 million for fisheries disaster assistance and substantial increases in funding for climate research, fisheries services, and more accurate and reliable weather forecasting. “In the next year, the Department of Commerce will start accepting applications for CHIPS and Science Act funding that will help to lower the cost of goods, reduce our reliance on foreign chip manufacturers, and create good paying jobs here in America. We will distribute Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to bring affordable, reliable, high-speed internet to every American. We will invest in the people who drive our economy, particularly those who are historically left out and underserved, by bringing them access to the tools, technologies, and capital they need to thrive. And while we build resiliency and capacity at home, we will also build a modern American investment strategy that expands and enhances international economic engagement in a way that benefits both our allies and our workers, while keeping advanced technology out of the hands of our adversaries.” Bureaus and Offices Economic Development Administration International Trade Administration Minority Business Development Agency National Institute of Standards and Technology National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Leadership Gina M. Raimondo Tags Secretary Gina Raimondo Entrepreneurship Broadband

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Panama’s Minster of Commerce and Industry Federico Alfaro and Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney
U.S. Department of Commerce

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Panama’s Minster of Commerce and Industry Federico Alfaro and Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney

December 22, 2022

Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Panama’s Minster of Commerce and Industry Federico Alfaro and Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 12/22/2022 – 09:58 Export and investment promotion ICT Supply Chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 22, 2022 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov  Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Federico Alfaro and Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney. The three discussed how commercial relations between the United States and Panama could be strengthened, particularly in the areas of nearshoring, sound trade and investment policies, and collaborating to create stronger, more resilient supply chains between the two countries. Secretary Raimondo congratulated the Panamanian leaders on the signing of the memorandum of understanding for the U.S.-Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) Supply Chain Partnership and encouraged them to identify new opportunities to create an enabling environment for increased trade and investment. Bureaus and Offices International Trade Administration Leadership Gina M. Raimondo Tags Secretary Gina Raimondo