Rick Wade on Free Trade



Advocated for Asian-Pacific and African cooperation

As former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Wade had a hand in all major policy, personnel and program matters at the Commerce Department. He also worked closely with stakeholders including the White House, other federal agencies, members of Congress, state and local elected officials, businesses, trade associations as well as non-governmental organizations. Wade was a forceful advocate for the department's priorities at many domestic and international forums, including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation, African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum, Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, and the Department of State Policy Coordinating Committee on Brazil. He was also the Special Envoy to the Caribbean; oversaw private sector initiatives in Haiti; and led trade missions to various parts of the world.
Source: Biography by the Univ. of South Carolina alumni association , Dec 13, 2013

Envoy to China, to get investment via EB-5 visas

His Commerce Department job allowed Wade to hone a skill that might explain his value to GreenTech Automotive: he became a US envoy on Chinese and Asian trade.

GreenTech's majority owners have ties to China and the company seeks to raise capital from that country. It is mired in controversy over its use of a program here called EB-5, which allows foreign nationals to obtain US visas in exchange for their investment in targeted US companies. Each investment must produce at least 10 jobs.

Source: Human Events magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , Apr 24, 2013

NEI: government-wide export-promotion strategy

The Commerce Department exists to make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. And Commerce provides direct services to businesses to protect their intellectual property, make their processes more efficient, and help them export around the world.

And the export part of our portfolio has become even more important of late with the announcement of President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI), which aims to double American exports over the next five years and support two million jobs here at home.

The NEI represents the first time the US will have a government-wide export-promotion strategy with. The NEI will be primarily focused on:

Source: Remarks at US Regional Business Tour, Battle Creek, Michigan , Apr 6, 2010

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