[Federal Register Volume 65, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 24, 2000)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 33429-33430]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 00-13162]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 65, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 24, 2000 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 7310 of May 19, 2000

                
World Trade Week, 2000

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                The prosperity the United States enjoys today is due, 
                in no small part, to our strong trading relationships 
                with other nations. The World Trade Organization, the 
                North American Free Trade Agreement, and 270 other 
                agreements have helped us to open new markets for U.S. 
                products and services, create thousands of new jobs, 
                and keep our economy growing without inflation. The 
                African Growth and Opportunity Act and the United 
                States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act that I 
                signed into law this week will build on this progress 
                by lowering trade barriers and strengthening our 
                economic partnership with nations in sub-Saharan Africa 
                and the Caribbean basin.

                The theme of World Trade Week this year, ``Working the 
                Web of Trade,'' reflects the particular importance of 
                the Internet as a new and rapidly accelerating factor 
                in world trade. The Internet holds enormous commercial 
                potential and brings extraordinary opportunities 
                directly into homes and workplaces across the United 
                States and around the world. Linking businesses and 
                consumers more quickly and directly than ever before, 
                the worldwide web is a powerful tool, available 24 
                hours a day, 7 days a week, that allows even the 
                smallest company to conduct business on a global scale.

                My Administration has worked hard to encourage 
                America's businesses and workers to embrace this 
                worldwide web of opportunity and its potential to 
                enhance productivity at home and access to markets 
                abroad. By investing in research and development, 
                improving the quality of science and mathematics 
                education in our schools, teaching workers new skills 
                to fill jobs in the technology sector, and keeping e-
                commerce fair, safe, and competitive, we can stimulate 
                our export industries, sustain this remarkable period 
                of growth and prosperity, and ensure America's 
                continued leadership in the global economy.

                This week, when the Congress takes up legislation to 
                grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations status to the 
                People's Republic of China, it will have an opportunity 
                to further the progress we have made in building strong 
                trading relationships. PNTR for China will increase 
                America's competitiveness in the global marketplace, 
                reduce tariffs, and give American workers and farmers 
                unprecedented access to China's more than one billion 
                consumers.

                World trade, whether conducted in person, on paper, or 
                on line, remains a cornerstone of American economic 
                growth. But even more important, trade plays a vital 
                role in improving opportunity and prosperity around the 
                globe. Free and fair international trade is one of the 
                most effective tools we have to bring people together, 
                raise living standards in developed and developing 
                nations alike, promote human dignity, and improve long-
                term prospects for democracy, stability, and world 
                peace.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim May 21 through May 27, 2000, 
                as World Trade Week. I invite the people of the United 
                States

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                to observe this week with events, trade shows, and 
                educational programs that celebrate the benefits of 
                international trade to our economy and our world.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand, and of the Independence of the United States 
                of America the two hundred and twenty-fourth.

                    (Presidential Sig.)

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