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Basque Government Trip to the USA

2013 October 7

Arantza Tapia embarks on her US visit today (Monday)

• Tapia is scheduled to outline the Basque economic model to executives of the Inter-American Development Bank

• The Free Trade Treaty and the "manufacturing back to USA" policies will make up part of her schedule

• She will meet with two Deputy Secretaries of the Obama Government from the Departments of International Trade and of Energy.

Two days prior to Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, embarking on his official schedule in the United States, the Basque Government's Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantza Tapia, today began her specific schedule for 7 and 8 October, strictly linked to economic affairs.
Arantza Tapia has travelled to the United States accompanied by the Deputy Minister for Industry, Juan Ignacio García de Motiloa, and the Director for Internationalization, Imanol Aburto, with a series of meetings relating to economic affairs scheduled in Washington.

Monday 7 October: Basque economic model at the IDB
At 11.00 a.m. (5.00 p.m. in the Basque Country) today, Minister Tapia will attend a seminar at the International Development Bank (IDB), where she will speak on the Basque economic model analyzed from "The Clusters Policy in the Basque Country and its impact on the Competitiveness model".

In the afternoon, she will take part in a round table at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which they will discuss "the Atlantic Basin as a Central Arena of Globalization" from the point of view of trans-Atlantic relations between Europe and the USA and from the energy perspective.

Tuesday 8 October: Free Treaty and "back to manufacturing"
On Tuesday 8 October, the Minister will have a busy schedule with different institutional meetings where two areas, mainly, will be addressed: the future Free Trade Treaty and the policies driven by the Obama Government to bring manufacturing back to the USA.

On Tuesday morning, Tapia will meet with the US Deputy Secretary of International Trade, Francisco J. Sánchez, who is heading the US Government team in the negotiations with the European Union to develop the future Free Trade Treaty.

At midday, she will go to the Department of Energy offices where she will lunch with the Deputy Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the Obama Government and will learn about the clean energy manufacturing initiative driven in the USA.

Manufacturing back to USA
The Basque Government, interested in the policies to drive the bringing back of manufacturing to the United States, has organized two sessions with representatives of the US Senate and Congress in order to explore the opportunities that these policies may mean for Basque companies.

After lunch on Tuesday, Senator Sherrod Brown, who is currently working on defining the national manufacturing policy, will meet the Basque Minister and set out the measures that the Obama Government is taking to drive the bringing back of manufacturing.

Tapia will then meet with Congressman Lee Ferry, chair of the congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

Arantza Tapia's specific schedule in Washington will end with a meeting with the executive director of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Martin Lowery. This an organization made up of over 900 electric cooperatives, with 42 million customers in 47 States and which accounts for 15% of sales in the USA.
From Wednesday onwards, Minister Arantza Tapia will be taking part in the schedule of Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, which is focused on that day on Basque companies.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 07 October 2012


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