NOTE TO EDITOR: Today, President Barack Obama announced that Ford CEO Alan Mulally will serve on the President's Export Council (PEC). The PEC advises the President on export enhancement and ways to encourage companies to increase exports and enter new markets. The following is a statement from Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally:
DETROIT, MI, July 7, 2010. – “President Obama recently set a national goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. We applaud this forward-looking goal and I am honored to serve on the President's Export Council and work toward helping America achieve it.
At Ford, we believe an export-driven strategy is critical to achieving our shared goals of economic growth, job creation and a sustainable future. One thing is certain. For exports to grow we must ensure that market access for manufactured goods remains at the center of U.S. trade policy. Manufacturing matters to American jobs, investment, and economic activity. It represents the future of green, hi-tech jobs that will drive innovation and it also happens to represent more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. Through the President's Export Council, I hope we can also explore ways to create and bolster public-private partnerships that will create the environment for innovative manufacturing that will drive exports.”