2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 34:1B-63 - Findings, determinations

NJ Rev Stat § 34:1B-63 (2013) What's This?

34:1B-63. Findings, determinations
2. The Legislature finds and determines that:

a. The rapid change in global political and economic events and the effects thereof on the economy of the United States in general, and New Jersey in particular, require this State to expand its role in the promotion of international trade and the exportation of New Jersey products and services;

b. Businesses located in this State currently export approximately $8 billion in goods and services, and increased promotion of the exportation of products produced by New Jersey businesses has been shown to have a positive effect upon the overall economy by creating new jobs, promoting market diversification, aiding in the development of new product ideas and sources of supply, and expanding the market share of local businesses;

c. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority should provide increased financial assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses located in New Jersey which may have difficulty commencing or enhancing their export activities due to limitations on the availability of loan funds from financial institutions, and the existing export working capital loan and loan guarantee program of the authority should be further supplemented;

d. The activities of the State in promoting the export of New Jersey goods and services in the global marketplace have taken on greater significance in light of the possible approval by the United States Congress of federal implementing legislation for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, the continuing negotiations on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), Uruguay Round of Multi-Lateral Trade Negotiations, and the rapid progress toward European Community integration, which will provide new opportunities for American businesses to engage in fair competition in service markets of foreign countries;

e. In light of the European Community's program to establish a single internal market having largely been accomplished, with over 90% of the regulations having been adopted to remove trade barriers and other restrictions on the movement of goods, services and capital within the 12 European Community countries, the European Community markets offer dramatically increased opportunities for export trade by New Jersey firms;

f. The State's export trade with Mexico can be further enhanced through increased emphasis on the export potential of the State's industrial sector in the fields of analytical and laboratory equipment, electronics, plastics, health and medical equipment, high-tech industries and transfer of technology to the manufacturing sector;

g. The emergence of new export markets in the republics of the former Soviet Union provides increased opportunities for New Jersey firms to export products and services that are in high demand in these areas, especially in the fields of environmental technology, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, food processing and telecommunications; and

h. Given the importance to New Jersey of exporting more of the State's goods and services to foreign markets, it is in the public interest to establish a supplemental program with the active participation of New Jersey banks to offer New Jersey businesses export finance assistance for fixed asset needs or loans for working capital, to authorize the Economic Development Authority to solicit the participation of certain financial institutions in support thereof, to utilize moneys made available for such purposes pursuant to the "Economic Recovery Fund Act," and other programs administered by the authority, and to thereby promote New Jersey's role in the expanding global marketplace.


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