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.
Signed on December 17, 1992, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into force on January 1, 1994. Many of its provisions were implemented immediately or within a few years, but a final handful of trade barriers were lifted on January 1, 2008. As a result, North America has become a virtually tariff-free trade zone, and a host of nontariff barriers to international commerce have been eliminated as well. An estimated 14 million American jobs depend on the $3.5 billion in trade that moves across our borders with Canada and Mexico every day. Much of this trade depends directly on NAFTA, which has in turn enhanced the global competitiveness of North American industry in a rapidly changing global economy.
Amid a great deal of misinformation, understanding NAFTA is more important than ever. While the agreement’s impact has at times been exaggerated, it has proven to be one of the most important and beneficial trade agreements in U.S. history. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges elected officials and business leaders in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to build on this foundation in the years ahead and consider steps to modernize the terms of trade between our economies to spur economic growth and job creation here at home.
With a two-decade record to examine, it’s plain the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has generated substantial new opportunities for U.S. workers, farmers, consumers, and businesses. • Trade with Canada and Mexico supports nearly 14 million American jobs, and nearly 5 million of these jobs are supported by the increase in trade generated by NAFTA. • The expansion of trade unleashed by NAFTA supports tens of thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states—and more than 100,000 jobs in each of 17 states. • Since NAFTA entered into force in 1994, trade with Canada and Mexico has nearly quadrupled to $1.3 trillion, and the two countries buy more than one-third of U.S. merchandise exports. • The United States ran a cumulative trade surplus in manufactured goods with Canada and Mexico of more than $79 billion over the past seven years (2008-2014). For services, the U.S. surplus was $41.8 billion in 2014 alone. • NAFTA has been a boon to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, which added more than 800,000 jobs in the four years after NAFTA entered into force. Canadians and Mexicans purchased $487 billion of U.S. manufactured goods in 2014, generating nearly $40,000 in export revenue for every American factory worker. • NAFTA has been a bonanza for U.S. farmers and ranchers, helping U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico to increase by 350%. • With new market access and clearer rules afforded by NAFTA, U.S. services exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled, rising from $27 billion in 1993 to $92 billion in 2014. • Canada and Mexico are the top two export destinations for U.S. small and medium size enterprises, more than 125,000 of which sold their goods and services in Canada and Mexico in 2014.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the 2016 National DEC Forum provided an update on the latest trends impacting exports and your DEC. This year’s Forum activities included the following:
Opening remarks – Philip Pittsford (IL-DEC), Chair Emeritus
Remarks from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Antwuan Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, for US Operations, U.S. Commercial Service
Introduction of new officers at National DEC
Committee annual reports with Q & A and Comments
– Trade and Legislative by Dr. Robert Brown (KY DEC), Chair – Communications & Outreach by Philip Pittsford (IL DEC) – Social Media/website by Dr. Oz Erdem (North-Central West FL DEC)
Trade Americas Initiative Presentation by Dr. Oz Erdem
Panel discussion on Trade with the Americas Region
– Dr. Robert Brown – moderator – John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce – Philip Pittsford – Dr. Oz Erdem
Keynote speaker: Judy Reinke, Deputy Director General, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
Presentation of DEC of the Year Award
ITA Legislative Priorities- Discussion, updates and Q & A
Jordan Haas, Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
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