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Proclamation 3474—World Trade Week, 1962

May 07, 1962

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the people of the United States recognize expanding world trade as a vital force in fostering growth and unity among the countries of the free world; and

Whereas American business, labor, agriculture, and consumers benefit whenever there is a significant expansion of American exports and imports; and

Whereas the development of the European Common Market, the Alliance for Progress, and the economic advancement of under-developed areas are mayor free world economic developments which are of profound importance to us; and

Whereas it is appropriate to set aside a period to give special recognition and emphasis to the significance of international trade and commerce:

Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 20, 1962, as World Trade Week; and I request officials of the Federal, State, and local governments to plan appropriate ceremonies and activities in observance of that week.

I urge business, labor, agriculture, educational and civic groups, as well as the people of the United States generally, to observe World Trade Week with gatherings, discussions, exhibits, and other activities designed to promote continuing awareness of the importance of world trade and our policies toward it in strengthening our economy and the unity of the free world, and a better understanding of the vital new problems now confronting us.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this seventh day of May in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-sixth.

Signature of John F. Kennedy


By the President:


Acting Secretary of State

John F. Kennedy, Proclamation 3474—World Trade Week, 1962 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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