Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National District Export Council, with a record setting attendance, this year’s Annual National DEC Export Symposium had several panels focusing on the key export issues and updates. Panels included Export Controls Update, Export Control Programs, Federal and Local Program and Grants, Trade Policy Updates and Key Issues, and EXIM Bank Update.
In the National DEC Forum, we discussed the key topics in management of the DECs; such as DEC Governance, Strategic Projects and DEC engagement methods. DEC members dedicated the afternoon session to visits to the Congressional leaders at the Capitol Hill. Evening reception was hosted at the Capitol Visitor Center in conjunction with Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National District Export Council successfully hosted the Fourth International Trade Symposium in Washington, DC. The Symposium was an annual event that is designed for small business exporters as an educational platform and engagement opportunity on key trade policy initiatives. This year the Symposium focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Symposium was open to the public. In this year’s International Trade Symposium, attendees enjoyed listening to several aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and joined discussions with the experts, industry representatives and with the officials at the key organizations in the U.S. and Vietnam government. Agenda of the Fourth International Trade Symposium was as in the following: Welcome by Philip Pittsford – National DEC, Chair Emeritus Opening Remarks by Mr. Vu Le Thai Hoang, Minister Counselor and Chief Political Officer, Embassy of Vietnam to the U.S. Panel: The Arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Sector Focus – Jim Fatheree (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) – moderator – Manufacturing: Ken Monahan (National Association of Manufacturers) – Financial Services and Insurance: Christine Bliss (Coalition of Service Industries) – Agriculture: Dave Salmonsen (American Farm Bureau Federation – AFBF) Panel: Engaging Employees, Suppliers, Customers and Community on Trans-Pacific Partnership – Christopher Wenk (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) – moderator – Leslie Griffin (UPS) – Katie Hays (Caterpillar) – Susanne Stirling (California Chamber of Commerce) Keynote Remarks by Drew Quinn, Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S. Trade Representative
The National District Export Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hosted its Third Annual International Trade Symposium on November 20, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Symposium covered current trade issues related to the Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
Pictured above discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership are Roy Paulson, National DEC Chair Emeritus and President, Paulson Manufacturing Corporation; Jim Fatheree, Executive Director, Japan and Korea, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Drew Quinn, Deputy Lead Negotiator for the TPP, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Maureen Halstead, Georgia DEC Chair and Director, Global Product Management, KaMin, LLC; and Susanne Stirling, National DEC Member and Vice President, International Affairs, California Chamber of Commerce.
The National DEC International Trade Symposium, held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on November 8, 2013, featured various topics on international trade policy, including a panel discussion on export control reform in which Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin Wolf participated. Seated next to Assistant Secretary Wolf are two members of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, Beth Ann Johnson and Roy Paulson, the National DEC Chair, who participated on the panel as well. Also pictured is Daniel Ogden, Chair Emeritus of the National DEC.