• WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center Domestic Reporting Tour.

  • TOPIC: 14th Annual World Trade Week NYC

  • WHEN: Monday, May 13, 2018; 8:30-11:00am

  • WHERE: Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue (24th St. and Lexington Avenue), 14th Floor

On May 13th the NYFPC worked with the Department of Commerce to host foreign media covering the NYC International Trade Ceremony which recognizes the exemplary achievements by practitioners in the field.  Seven journalists from China, Vietnam, and India covered this event and interviewed award winners who succeeded in manufacturing and export growth.

BACKGROUND: New York City once again took  part in an annual nationwide celebration of international trade observed by business and trade-related organizations across the United States in May. The mission of World Trade Week NYC is to promote the importance of international trade to the New York City metropolitan area economy. New Yorkers depend heavily on international commerce for their jobs, standard of living, and the myriad goods and services available to its diverse population.

Foreign media covered the NYC International Trade Awards Breakfast on May 13 that recognizes the exemplary achievements by practitioners in the field with a keynote speech by Al Mangels, president of Lee Spring Company, a global manufacturer of mechanical springs, wireforms and related products that has had is headquarters in Brooklyn since 1918. Al has become well versed as a champion of continual improvement activities such as total quality management, lean manufacturing and business process re-engineering, and has seen the company grow to five facilities in the United States as well as having locations in Mexico, China, India and the United Kingdom.

Remarks were given by Gilbert Kaplan, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade.

Media observed and shot B-roll of the adjacent Trade Expo in which state, local, federal government agencies, international trade organizations, chambers of commerce, foreign trade commissioners, libraries, and educational institutions network and learn of the global initiatives and resources available in the New York metro area.

NOTE: All programs are subject to change. Please call (646) 282-2830 for information on this tour and other FPC activities.

Non-government guests and/or experts invited to address the FPC offer their views in a personal capacity, and do not represent the official policy views of the U.S. government.

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