Port of Houston Commissioner Kase Lawal has been tapped to serve as a member of the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that Commissioner Lawal would be appointed to this important post.
Administered by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the ACTPN provides information and advice with respect to U.S. trade agreement negotiation objectives and bargaining positions, the operation of trade agreements, and other matters related to the development, implementation and administration of U.S. trade policy.
“It is an honor to serve President Obama as a member of this advisory committee,” Commissioner Lawal said. “I remain a dedicated steward to opening markets throughout the world and lending my expertise to shape policies and strengthen opportunities.”
Houston Mayor Annise Parker remarked, “As an international city that is home to a port that is ranked first in foreign tonnage, we are, naturally, very interested in matters that impact trade with other countries. Mr. Lawal’s strong knowledge of these areas will make him a productive asset to the ACTPN. President Obama could not have made a better choice.”
Lawal has served on the port commission since June 1999 as an appointee of Houston’s mayor and city council. He has served as the commission’s vice chairman and is a member of the board of pilot commissioners. He was instrumental in organizing and serves on the board of the Port of Houston Authority International Corporation (POHAIC), which provides management consulting and technical assistance to foreign ports. Commissioner Lawal also helped establish the port authority’s Small Business Development Program, which has an aggressive goal of awarding at least 35 percent of all eligible contracts to certified small businesses.
Port Commission Chairman James T. Edmonds applauded Lawal’s appointment. “Kase Lawal relies upon his international business acumen to help lead the port authority, and our port is all the stronger because of his leadership. He works diligently with his colleagues to accomplish our objectives, and I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset to the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.”
Professionally, Lawal is chairman and CEO of CAMAC International Corporation, a global energy corporation with interests in oil and gas exploration and production, engineering services and crude oil and refined products trading. He is also the chairman of Allied Energy Corporation, vice chairman of Unity National Bank and vice chairman of the Houston Airport System Development Corporation. Active in developing international trade relations, Lawal has been an appointee to the U.S. Trade Advisory Committee on Africa and has served on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa. Additionally, he has participated in several trade missions to Africa.
Lawal earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas Southern University and a master’s degree in business administration, finance and marketing from Prairie View A&M University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Fort Valley State University and a doctorate of humane letters honoris causa from Texas Southern University.