In an address at the annual meeting of the United States Export-Import Bank, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated an increased emphasis on international commercial relations at the State Department. Secretary Kerry specifically noted the appointment of three trade officials with extensive business experience, including David Thorne, a former investment advisor, who will guide a new department-wide effort to promote economic issues as a key part of U.S. foreign policy. Secretary Kerry's renewed emphasis on commercial issues follows remarks made during his Senate confirmation hearings last year, which he echoed during this address: "Economic policy is foreign policy and foreign policy is economic policy." The enhanced focus on U.S. economic interests in foreign policy, along with the SelectUSA program – a joint effort between the Departments of State and Commerce to attract foreign investment to the United States – are intended to benefit U.S. manufacturing and industry interests in expanding global business opportunities.