posts tagged with Global trade

Open Markets One of the Keys to U.S. Competitiveness

EX1258.jpg Earlier today, I had the honor of joining President Obama at the Rose Garden on the South Lawn of the White House to celebrate the signing of trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. This is a victory for our company, our customers and the overall economic health of the United States. FedEx has long supported these agreements and we are pleased this day has come.

Open markets are one of the key foundations to U.S. competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. As our chairman, Frederick W. Smith, so often says, global trade is now the largest single economy out there – and it will only continue to grow. Open markets enable people outside of the U.S. to sell their goods here and allow American workers, manufacturers and producers to export theirs globally. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in 2008, exports in goods and services supported more than 10 million American jobs and generated more than $1.5 trillion in income for American families in 2009.

Gaining a Toehold in China

When people think of expanding their business, the “go to” place is China and its market of 1.3 billion people. People are now clamoring to China in the hopes of jumping on the perceived gravy train. According to the Ministry of Commerce, foreign direct investment in China grew 26.04% year-on-year to reach USD 38.8 billion in the first four months of this year.  

Brazil: Welcoming the World

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Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city. Vibrant, green and full of diverse people and ideas! As a first-time visitor to Brazil, I’ve quickly seen why this nation is entering the world stage in 2014 and 2016 via the World Cup and Olympic Games. The irony of Brazil is the lack of access. As the country prepares to welcome people from all nations into its borders, Brazil must modernize to become a nation with more openness – to trade, to people and to ideas that can shape its future.

Last night, as I stood on the shore of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, I was looking at the world’s largest Christmas tree. I was there with over 100 students from across Latin America, coming to Rio to complete for the JA Americas Company of the Year.  During the evening, the Executive Director, Wilma Resende Araújo Santos, shared the following message ...

Our World in the Age of the Aerotropolis

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Note: Dr. John Kasarda is the Director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina.

No Small Business Needs to Be An Island

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In these trying economic times, small businesses need to leverage all their traditional advantages – innovation, flexibility, and intimate knowledge of their customers. But, most of all, in today’s global marketplace, small businesses should not limit themselves within traditional barriers. They need to think global.