NEMA Export Initiatives recognized by Department of Commerce.

Press Release Summary:

NEMA was selected to support Department of Commerce event, Partnering to Double Exports, which focused on National Export Initiative to double exports in 5 yr. Hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Gary Locke, event also focused on Market Development Cooperator Program and included Nicole Lamb-Hale as moderator of presentations by 3 organizations that detailed their programs. NEMA's Gene Eckhart covered agency's projects over past decade which aim to boost exports of members.

Original Press Release:

NEMA Recognized by Department of Commerce on Export Initiative

ROSSLYN, Va. - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) was selected as one of only three organizations to provide hands-on support for the Department of Commerce event "Partnering to Double Exports" held last week on Capitol Hill. Hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, the event was designed to provide higher visibility to the administration's National Export Initiative, announced earlier this year, the goal of which is to double exports in five years.

The program featured opening remarks by the hosts, then focused on Commerce's Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), a successful partnership program between Commerce's International Trade Administration and the private sector designed to promote trade. Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Nicole Lamb-Hale moderated presentations by three organizations (cooperators) that provided first person accounts of their programs.

In the history of the MDCP, NEMA is the only organization to have won four different awards. NEMA Director of International Trade Gene Eckhart made a brief presentation to the attendees about NEMA's experiences over the past decade, having been personally involved in the development and management of all of the projects, two of which are still underway. The objective of all the projects is to boost exports of NEMA members by a variety of means, including opening up overseas offices (Beijing and Mexico City), organizing and conducting capacity building events, and working with standards development organizations to introduce and maintain standards that permit market access by NEMA members.

For the upcoming fiscal year, the administration is seeking a sizable increase in funding from Congress, from a typical $2 million to $15 million, emphasizing the success of the MDCP in boosting exports across the world.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association's Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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