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.

Secretary Wilbur Ross and NADEC leadership
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.

National DEC Hosted 2016 National DEC Forum

   

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