• Breakfast with U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce, Francisco SANCHEZ

    June 21 2011, 01:00 - 01:00
    During his brief stop in Paris, we had the opportunity to exchange views on U.S. France trade relations with U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez. The roundtable discussion allowed AmCham members to share their views on the main challenges and opportunities for trade and investment in France.  Under Secretary Sanchez reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. Department of Commerce to increasing American exports and assisting American companies in developing their business in Europe and in France. 
    Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez. The discussion centered on U.S.-France commercial relations, and Sanchez reaffirmed the working relationship connections between the DOC and its French counterparts, and reaffirm the connection with AmCham France.
    Francisco J. Sánchez was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United State Senate to serve as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Under Secretary, Sánchez leads the International Trade Administration which assists in the development of U.S. trade policy in the global economy; creates jobs and economic growth by promoting U.S. companies; strengthens American competitiveness across all industries; addresses market access and compliance issues; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.
    As a senior policy advisor to President Obama during the 2008 campaign, Sánchez served as the Chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Council and also provided policy support on issues pertaining to Latin America. Sánchez now brings his wide range of experience in both federal and state government as well as in the private sector to his leadership position at ITA.
    Sánchez served as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Clinton administration, where he developed aviation policy and oversaw international negotiations. Sánchez had previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas, Kenneth MacKay, where he focused on economic integration and democracy issues throughout the Western Hemisphere. He began his career in government working as Director of Florida’s Caribbean Basin Initiative Program for then-Governor Bob Graham.
    Sánchez was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and also one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine. Sánchez is on the board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and is a member of the board for the Council of Foreign Relations. He has been awarded the National Point of Light Award and the Governor’s Point of Light Award for Outstanding Community Service. In 2010, he was named to the National Hall of Fame for the Boys and Girls Club of America.