The U.S. Commerce Department has launched its Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness to highlight the role that freight infrastructure and policies play in boosting exports of American-made products.
The committee, comprised of 40 senior-level private sector representatives from multiple industries and supply chain experts, will advise the Commerce secretary, Transportation Department and other U.S. agencies on supply chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses.
Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank will attend the first committee meeting at Commerce Department's headquarters on Oct. 19.
“The Obama administration recognizes that in order to be competitive in today’s global economy, American manufacturers need to be able to move products and goods securely, quickly, and efficiently within our borders and beyond,” Blank said in a statement. “The Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness will provide crucial input on issues related to national freight infrastructure and policies so that we can best support millions of U.S. businesses export goods, compete domestically and globally, and support American jobs.”
The advisory committee will serve as a liaison between industry and government, and is “an important step toward ensuring regular contact with the supply chain industries, including manufacturers, distributors and exporters,” the department said.
The committee’s advice will also be used to develop a national freight policy and in pursuing the president’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will serve on the committee as non-voting members, and the Commerce Department will work closely with those and other agencies to coordinate government activities and programs to implement the committee's recommendations.
More details about the committee and a full list of members can be found here