James R. Meenan
U.S. Trade and Business Development Advisor
Introduction: This desk functions as a screening site for listing good
sources of key trade information. It is based on the author’s first hand
knowledge and outside sources he has worked with in his capacity as a senior
trade advisor. This advisory work was provided the U.S. House of Representatives
(Committee on Small Business), the Secretary of Commerce, and the U.S. Trade
The “desk” is divided into two main categories: the Center Drawer contains information prepared by or with the author’s input on specific trade topics; the Side Drawers take you to other proven sources of trade information and support.
If you have any comments or recommendations to offer, please E-mail me at JRMeenan@aol.com.
|April 26, 2006 U.S. House Small Business Committee Hearing
documented the dysfunctional operations of the U.S. trade facilitation efforts, a lacking U.S. National Export Strategy, and impediments to implementing Free Trade
Agreements with the reduction of the U.S. trade deficit. Chairman Donald A. Manzullo's opening remarks summarized
the issues and highlighted the corrective legislation that was introduced that day, H.R. 5196.
Building on the adverse findings from the Hearing, seven Inspectors General were engaged to undertake specific federal department reviews of the identified shortcomings.
|On March 11, 2010 President Barack Obama issued Executive Order on the
National Export Initiative
that addressed the Hearing issues along with the principals of the introduced legislation (H.R. 5196).
That same day, the President addressed
the annual conference of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and further clarified the Executive Order.
Author's Response to June 30, 2010 Federal Register Request for Comments on the National Export Initiative.
|A WTO Open Door Trade Environment Fosters SME
Growth - November 1999
Opening the WTO Door for SMEs to Trade - October 1999
Guide to Opening the Door to Expanded Trade with Developing Countries.
|Building a Broader Consensus for Trade - WTO & China Accession, March 2001: Remarks presented at the March 7, 2001, U.S. Senate Small Business Committee Forum|
|FTAA E-Commerce Second Report to Ministers - April 2001
FTAA Electronic Commerce Report & Recommendations - November 1999
|September '97 Business Recommendations to APEC Small/Medium Enterprise Ministerial.|
|AOL's Your Business Lunch - 1/29/98 Transcript: "Small Business in International Trade."
AOL's Your Business Lunch - 6/12/97 Transcript: "Gateway to Russian Markets."
AOL's Your Business Lunch - 9/16/96 Transcript: "U.S. Trade Policy Impact on Small Business."
|Authors Summary Resume.
Library of Congress' Foreign Affairs Oral History covering Author's Career in Revolution (Once at site enter Meenan in search box for history).
"One-Stop-Shop" for trade information and support
U.S. Export Assistance including business/transaction financing
|Help to Grow your Business|
|Vital Trade and Related
Protect your Intellectual Property at Home and Abroad
|The World Bank - Worldwide project financing.|
|Asia Development Bank - Project financing in Asia.|
|Inter-American Development Bank - Project financing in Latin America & Brazil.|
|The European Bank - Central/Eastern Europe and NIS transition funding|
|U.S. Trade and Development Agency - Worldwide project feasibility study financing with pre-feasibility work set aside for U.S. small businesses.|
|Export-Import Bank of the U.S. - Provides exporters with financing guarantees, loans and insurance.|
|Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Facilitates project financing through direct loans, loan guarantees, and political risk insurance.|
|Cut through the Internet maze to added key trade sites via the following search