Rafael Anchia Named to Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

07/12/2011


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has appointed Dallas Finance/International Partner Rafael Anchia to the national Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a panel of industry group representatives and public officials that advises the U.S. Trade Representative on trade agreements.

The committee is an advisory body created to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiations reflect U.S. public and private sector interests.

“It is a great honor to be called upon to assess such important matters affecting our country and the U.S. economy,”  said Mr. Anchia. “We’ve got pending agreements with some key allies awaiting Congressional approval, and another vital regional negotiation is under way.

“It promises to be a very active committee with a significant impact on the shape of world commerce.”

Free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama are currently pending, but Congress must still enact legislation to approve and implement each. In the meantime, the government is also in negotiations over terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a broad-based pact affecting the Asia-Pacific region.

It is the first national governmental post for Mr. Anchia, the current state representative for House District 103 covering the western section of Dallas County. As a representative, Mr. Anchia serves as Vice Chair of the Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission.

He began his career in public service as an elected member of the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees, the nation's 12th largest school district.

Representative Anchia is the immediate past chairman of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, and serves on the board of directors of the Spain-Texas Chamber of Commerce. He is a recent recipient of the Ohtli Award, the highest acknowledgment that the Government of Mexico bestows upon individuals living outside Mexico who have contributed to the empowerment of Mexican or Mexican-American communities in the United States.

Mr. Anchia has served as an adjunct professor and instructor on trade policy at Texas Tech University Law School, the University of Texas at Dallas and at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, TX.

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