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96/09/11 Remarks: Minority Businesses in the Global Marketplace
Office of the Spokesman



                         U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
                          Office of the Spokesman
_____________________________________________________________________
Text As Prepared For Delivery                      September 11, 1996


                              REMARKS BY
               SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER
                    TO MINORITY BUSINESS COUNCIL

                       Dean Acheson Auditorium
                         Department of State
                           Washington, DC


	Good morning.  I am very glad to welcome you to the State 
Department's conference on resources for minority businesses in the 
global marketplace.

	Joining me here today are the other members of the Trade Promotion 
Coordinating Committee (TPCC).  That body was established by the Clinton 
Administration to make sure that American businesses -- of all sizes and 
from all sectors -- benefit as we open markets and expand opportunities 
for trade and investment.  You will be hearing from Commerce Secretary 
Mickey Kantor, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary, Acting U.S. Trade 
Representative Charlene Barshefsky and Phil Lader, Administrator of the 
Small Business Administration.  You will meet others from the Eximbank, 
OPIC, the Trade and Development Agency, USAID and the Minority Business 
Development Agency as well.  

	For three years, the late Ron Brown led the TPCC as Commerce 
Secretary.  He worked tirelessly to reduce barriers to U.S. exports and 
to introduce U.S. entrepreneurs to new markets.  Most of all, Ron Brown 
worked to tear down preconceptions.  He believed that Americans of all 
backgrounds and races, in family firms or giant corporations, could 
prosper in the global market.  It is that legacy on which the TPCC, with 
Secretary Kantor now at its head, continues to build. 

	The TPCC is just one part of the Clinton Administration's 
unprecedented support for American business in the international 
economy.  At the center of our economic strategy has been our 
determination to create jobs for Americans at home by opening up 
opportunities for American firms abroad.  I believe that our success 
will be one of the lasting legacies of this Administration. U.S. exports 
jumped by an unprecedented $82 billion last year, for an increase of 
more than 30% since 1993.   

	Through the persistent efforts of Mickey Kantor, Charlene 
Barshefsky and others, we have negotiated 21 market-opening agreements 
with Japan. Through APEC, we forged a strong commitment to open trade 
across the Asia-Pacific region.  We are building a new Transatlantic 
Marketplace with the European Union.  We are moving toward a Free Trade 
Area of the Americas that will encompass a market of 850 million 
consumers.  And, of course, we succeeded in ratifying NAFTA and 
completing the GATT Uruguay Round.  Now, as we approach the 21st 
century, the United States is positioned better than ever to be the most 
dynamic hub of the global economy.

	Today we hope to make sure you are aware of the trade promotion 
resources available to you -- and to make sure that you are able to take 
full advantage of our recent successes.

	One thing on which all the experts agree is that America's 
diversity is an important part of our success in the global economy.  
Our roots lie in over one hundred different cultures.  Yesterday's 
immigrants are tomorrow's exporters, forging new ties with the regions 
from which they came.  Yesterday's start-up business may be tomorrow's 
Microsoft.  And more and more of yesterday's small and medium-sized 
businesses are moving into foreign markets today.

	As Secretary of State, I have made it a priority to expand our 
support for American business and make it more accessible to firms of 
all sizes.  When I became Secretary, I told all our officers that there 
is nothing more important than sitting behind what I call the 
Department's "America desk."  That is my shorthand for seeing that the 
Department does everything it can to ensure that our business people can 
compete and win on a level, fair, and open playing field.

	We support American business across a broad range of issues -- 
pressing for the enforcement of effective intellectual property laws 
from Argentina to China and getting nine bilateral investment treaties 
ratified this summer alone.  Our Embassies are active in supporting 
American firms in international competition and in helping them resolve 
disputes when they arise.  Embassy staff in busy posts like Beijing 
brief hundreds of Americans on economic and political conditions each 
year.

	We have also built up our outreach to American business by 
appointing a Senior Coordinator for Business Affairs.  David Ruth and 
his staff have traveled around the United States meeting with hundreds 
of small and medium-sized firms, listening to their concerns and letting 
them know what we can do to assist them.  David has expanded our 
consultation with American business on foreign policy issues that affect 
your operations.

	After today's meetings, I hope you will agree that the Clinton 
Administration has put together a talented team -- your team -- to 
promote American business abroad as never before.  Consider us your 
partner as you turn America's know-how, and America's diversity, to 
America's advantage in the world as never before.  

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