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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Commemorates World Trade Week

Monday, May 21, 2012
Mayor Notes District's Commitment to Global Trade as Part of Economic Development

WASHINGTON, DC—Mayor Vincent C. Gray today marked World Trade Week 2012 and noted his administration’s commitment to helping boost the District’s economy via international trade.

“As a new economy emerges across the world and in our city, I am committed to ensuring that the District can compete on the global economic stage,” said Mayor Gray. “We are employing multiple strategies to diversify and grow the District’s economy—including encouraging the export of District-produced goods and services through the Export DC Program we announced in February.”

Mayor Gray noted that building international business partnerships plays an important role in growing the District’s economy. As part of his effort to encourage trade, the Mayor and economic-development officials from his administration will travel to China next month to meet with business and trade leaders and discuss ways to partner in growing and diversifying business in the District.

President Obama has proclaimed May 20–26 World Trade Week, encouraging Americans “to observe this week with events, trade shows, and educational programs that celebrate and inform Americans about the benefits of trade to our Nation and the global economy.”

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