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State Department Official to Speak on National Export Initiative

State Department Official to Speak on National Export Initiative

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     David Meale, Deputy Director of the Office of Monetary Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, will speak on the National Export Initiative (NEI) at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 23 in the Living/Learning Center University Room.

     The economic and financial crisis has led to the loss of millions of U.S. jobs, and while the economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed.  The NEI is an initiative to improve conditions that directly affect the private sector’s ability to export.  The NEI will help meet the nation’s goal of doubling exports over the next five years by working to remove trade barriers abroad,  helping firms, especially small businesses, overcome the hurdles to entering new export markets, assisting with financing, and pursuing a Government-wide approach to export advocacy abroad.

     Mr. Meale has been a Foreign Service Officer since 1992 and was most recently posted to Beijing as the Chief of the U.S. Embassy’s Macroeconomic and Financial Policy Unit.  His prior assignments have been in Asia, Africa, and Washington, D.C.  Before joining the State Department, he was a Corporate Financial Analyst with Sprint Telecommunications.  He has an MS in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and MBA in finance from Tulane University, and a BA in international relations from the University of Delaware.

     The lecture, which is being sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Political Science Club, is free and open to the public.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/20/2010 11:15:00 AM