NADEC Annual Export Conference brings together the distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officers, exporters, manufacturers, service providers, and trade promotion agencies to discuss the latest news and updates on the Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities, and Challenges on focused sectors and regions. Our Focus sectors this year include:
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
Emerging Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Smart Buildings and Infrastructure, and Robotics
Export of Education Services
Open to All Exporters and Business Leaders!
Join us at this unique conference where you will have the opportunity to
Listen to the business leaders and exporters in break-out sessions and exciting panels on the Trade Policy, Global Market Review, Export Opportunities and Challenges, and DEC Management Best practices
Experience speed-networking with the other exporters, and
Discuss specific concerns and challenges with the experts in table topic discussions
Keynote Address by
Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (invited)
Kimberly Reed, Chair nominee, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.(invited)
Over 130 District Export Council members, Department of Commerce officers and Industry representatives attended the 2018 NADEC Forum and Export Symposium to share the recent developments and work on the pressing issues on U.S. foreign trade and exporting.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addresses the NADEC Export Symposium attendees and provides updates on the recently negotiated USMCA agreement, steel tariffs, and the U.S. economical outlook
Congratulations to Erin Butler, Executive Secretary of the Year, 2018
Congratulations to Maryland DEC, District Export Council of the Year, 2018. (Press Release)
NADEC members with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross
This year our speakers included:
– Wilbur Ross (U.S. Secretary of Commerce)
– Ian Steff (Performing the non exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service)
– Tom McGinty (National Director, U.S. Commercial Service)
– Kris Denzel (Senior Director for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
with panels on
How to Get Started/Re-engaged as a DEC Member
Taking Your DEC to the Next Level
DEC Manual Updates
Congressional Engagement Methods
Providing Direct Business Assistance
as well as DoC ITA Updates and Speed Networking sessions.
And several panels focusing on the key export issues and updates:
NAFTA – USMCA
Doing Business Where Others Don’t Dare: Russia, Turkey, Cuba
Tariffs – China and Everywhere Else
The Commercial Piece of the New Indo-Pacific Strategy Policy of the Commerce Department
Over 90 District Export Council members, Department of Commerce officers, as well as Industry representatives attended 2018 NADEC Legislative Summit to share the recent developments and work on the pressing issues on U.S. foreign trade and exporting. This year’s NADEC Legislative Summit focused on the perspective from the new administration on trade policies as well as outlook on legislative trade policy issues.
Invited speakers and panelists included:
– Keynote remarks by Secretary of Commerce Mr. Wilbur Ross
– Ian Steff, Performing the Non-Exclusive Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets & Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
– John Murphy, SVP for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
– Daniel Crocker, Representative, American Foreign Service Association
– Linda Dempsey, Vice President, International Economic Affairs at NAM
– Pat Kirwan, Director, TPCC, US Department of Commerce
– Andy Karellas, Director of Federal Affairs, SIDO
– Greg Walters, Assistant USTR for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
– Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business
– Jean Janicke, Director, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, ITA
– Amgad Shehata, Senior Manager, UPS Global Public Affairs
– Tom Susman, Director, Governmental Affairs Office, American Bar Association
– Denise A. Cardman, Deputy Director, Governmental Affairs Office, American Bar Association
Table Topic Discussions moderated by Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) leadership and Subject Matter Experts:
China-What’s Next, Moderator: Alan Turley Africa , Moderator: Skip Jones Europe , Moderator: William Kutson Western Hemisphere, Moderator: Alex Preacher IndoPacific, Moderator: Diane Farrell 301 Investigations, Moderator: Jean Janicke A Conversation with the Deputy Undersecretary, Moderator: Sarah Kemp Enforcement & Compliance- Anti Dumping and CVD , Moderator: Gary Taverman CS Priorities, Moderator: Dale Tasharski International Data Flows and Privacy, Moderator: Michelle Sylvester-Jose Supply Chain, Moderator: Maureen Smith Trade in Financial Services, Moderator: Paul Thanos
The second next day of the Summit was devoted to Capitol Hill visits for raising the awareness on the key issues such as NAFTA Renegotiations, EXIM Bank reauthorization, and Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
2017 Executive Secretary of the Year Award presented to Greg Sizemore of North Carolina DEC by Dr. Robert Brown, Chair, National DEC, and Erin Walsh, Asst Secretary and Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service
2017 is the inaugural year for the National District Export Council’s Executive Secretary of the Year Award. We are pleased to be able to recognize the outstanding support provided by our colleagues at the Commercial Service which contributes to the successful operation of a District Export Council. We received nominations from DECs across the country and had a number of very well qualified candidates.
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