NADEC Legislative Summit

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.

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross with NADEC Chair Robert Brown and Vice Chair Oz Erdem
Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed DEC members at NADEC Legislative Summit

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.

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2017 DEC of the Year: Hawaii-Pacific DEC

2017 DEC of the Year Award presented to Hawaii-Pacific DEC by Erin Walsh, Asst Secretary and Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service at the National DEC Export Symposium.

Congratulations Hawaii-Pacific District Export Council! Your achievements and hard work on promoting exports and supporting the exporters in the Hawaii-Pacific region are exemplary!

 

 

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2017 Executive Secretary of Year: Greg Sizemore of North Carolina DEC

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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2017 Annual District Export Council Export symposium

2017 National DEC Export Symposium and Forum

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 Facts on NAFTA

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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.

Executive Summary:

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.

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