måndag 21 mars 2011 | Associations
IAEE Urges Obama To Act
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has urged U.S. president, Barack Obama, to accept a series of recommendations advanced to him in early March by the President's Export Council intended to repair failures of existing U.S. visa and entry policies. The IAEE argue that these existing policies are preventing thousands of international buyers from attending U.S.-based trade events.
Chairman of the President's Export Council and President and CEO of Boeing W. James McNerney recommended five priorities to the President designed to help U.S. companies compete globally, including:
Citing the alarming and chronic problems that international business visitors continue to endure when trying to secure travel documents to visit U.S.-based trade events, IAEE President Steven Hacker, CAE wrote to President Obama, "The United States is not losing the competition, we are forfeiting it. We are not even in the game."
IAEE, an early and outspoken supporter of the President's National Export Initiative (NEI) which was launched in early 2010 to double U.S. exports by 2015, said that the current visa "mess" imperils the chances of that program's success. "We can, and we must do better," added Hacker.