AISI and Steel Reps Meet with OECD Ambassador, Advocate for Industry

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For Immediate Release
December 3, 2015

PARIS – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson and other steel industry and labor representatives earlier this week met with the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Daniel Yohannes, at the conclusion of the 79th Meeting of the OECD Steel Committee in Paris. Gibson, and the other industry representatives, discussed the overcapacity crisis facing the global steel industry and the importance of OECD in finding policy solutions to help solve the problem.

Earlier in the day, President Obama visited the OECD for meetings related to the climate conference currently underway in Paris, and other meetings involving heads of state continued at OECD throughout the day.

“This is a challenging time for the steel industry, and the manufacturing sector as a whole, and we are grateful for Ambassador Yohannes’ responsiveness in meeting with steel leaders while we are in Paris. We were especially appreciative, knowing that this day and week are extraordinarily busy as it not often that the President of the United States visits the OECD. Yet, the Ambassador made meeting with the steel industry a priority on this busiest of days for him. This makes a strong statement -- with both his time and his words -- regarding his understanding of the depth of the crisis we face and his commitment to keeping the issue as a top priority at OECD,” Gibson said.

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Contact: Lisa Harrison
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