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Posted on: Friday - Apr 28, 2017

Gov. Haslam issued a formal proclamation declaring May 2017 “World Trade Month” in Tennessee.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed World Trade Week on the third week of May as a national observance by the U.S. Government. Every year since, the President of the United States has declared the third full week in May as World Trade Week, which will run from May 15-19 this year.

Trade in Tennessee continues to play an important role in the state’s economy with exports of $31.5 billion in 2016. Top export markets include Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and Belgium. In 2015, international trade supported more than 158,000 jobs in Tennessee, up from around 123,000 jobs in 2009.

As a lead-up to World Trade Week, the federally appointed Tennessee District Export Councils will build recognition, awareness and highlight the role of trade in our state’s economy. The Tennessee Regional Export Network is comprised of trade organizations, businesses and other stakeholders who will come together both nationally and locally to promote and facilitate international trade in the U.S. economy.

A full agenda of educational seminars, global business networking events and recognition of the exemplary achievements by practitioners in the field has been developed. In addition, The District Export Councils of Tennessee and TNECD will hold a celebration luncheon Wednesday May 17, 2017 with leaders in international trade from across the state. The event will take place at Baker Donelson Event Center, Nashville, on Wednesday May 17 from 11:00am-1:30pm.

Various seminars and workshops will also be offered throughout the state during the month of May:

Memphis in May International Festival - Colombia + Memphis - May 2017
Export 101: Auto – May 10, 2017 in Nashville
Export 101 (Agriculture) – May 15, 2017 in Knoxville
Trade Luncheon – May 17, 2017 in Nashville
E-Commerce Seminar – May 18 in Nashville
ExporTech 2 – May 24 in Johnson City

For more information, visit WorldTradeWeekTN.org