Chairing the Committee on Export Development

Last session’s Joint Committee on Export Development touring MassPort’s Conley Terminal in South Boston

Last session’s Joint Committee on Export Development touring MassPort’s Conley Terminal in South Boston

I am pleased to share that I have been appointed by the Speaker to serve another session as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Export Development. Serving as chair of this committee, which was just formed last session, has been invigorating and rewarding, and I look forward to continuing the committee’s work of promoting Massachusetts as a destination for foreign investment and a partner for continued and increased international trade.

Last session, my colleagues and I held hearings on subjects ranging from oversight of MassPort, which oversees the Commonwealth’s ports and airports, to the state of trade in Massachusetts overall. I also had the opportunity to meet and discuss international business with members of the diplomatic corp here in Massachusetts, representing our largest and closest trade partners, Canada and Mexico, and other that seek to expand trade with us.

There are fresh challenges ahead of us this session as well as new opportunities. The committee will continue to advocate for Massachusetts businesses which export and are impacted by trade negotiations and ongoing tariff disputes at the federal level. We expect to conduct oversight hearings and hearings on the bills we receive. I am looking forward to working with my co-chair, State Senator Nick Collins, on a productive and informative session of committee work.

Preyel Patel