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Assistant Secretary Toloui Travel to California, Arizona, and Texas – United States Department of State

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Ramin Toloui will travel to California, Arizona, and Texas March 4-8. His meetings and events will focus on critical supply chains, maritime shipping issues, creative industries and intellectual property protection, semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain resilience, and the latest in artificial intelligence developments.

In San Francisco on March 4, he will meet with technology firms working in semiconductors, agriculture, logistics, and artificial intelligence. In Los Angeles March 5 and 6, he will deliver a keynote speech and fireside chat at S&P’s TPM24 shipping and supply chain conference. He will also meet with the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, global shipping company CMA CGM, port executives, and port infrastructure firms. On March 6, he will tour the Port of Los Angeles before meeting with creative industry leaders and investors on recent developments in this sector and how the Department of State can better support private sector efforts to expand.

In Phoenix on March 7, the Assistant Secretary will meet with officials from Arizona State University to review the university’s semiconductor research and fabrication facilities and hear from local private sector semiconductor firms as well as Maricopa Community Colleges officials. The Department recently launched a new initiative with ASU under the International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund to bolster the assembly, testing, and packaging capabilities of partner countries and enhance a resilient supply chain for U.S. semiconductor manufacturers. In Austin on March 8, he will meet with semiconductor firms representing a broad swath of the supply chain and educational institutions including University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College.

For further information, please contact the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Media Team at EB-Press-Inquiry@state.gov.

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