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Governors and Ambassadors World Trade Reception

Friday 24-Feb-12 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST

Event Description

This event is a fundraiser that goes to support the educational mission of the Washington International Trade Association's year round public and non-partison policy forums. Thank you.

Video of our speakers' remarks can be found here!
Host Governor Steve BESHEAR (Kentucky);
Host Governor Terry BRANSTAD (Iowa);

Host Governor Christine GREGOIRE (Washington);
Host Governor Gary HERBERT (Utah);
Host Ambassador Michael MOORE of New Zealand
On behalf of the eight TPP Host Ambassadors
invite you to attend the 2012
Governors and Ambassadors World Trade Reception
Featuring remarks from
United States Trade Representative Ron KIRK
With Master of Ceremonies
Business Roundtable CEO John Engler
Former Governor of Michigan

This exclusive reception is a unique gathering of Governors and other top state officials, select US trade officials, Ambassadors and key embassy personnel from large US trading partners, and businesses reliant on the expansion of international trade.  This reception is designed to establish and strengthen the critical personal connections at the highest levels of state government with embassy and industry representatives to lay the foundations for growth in two-way trade, foreign direct investment, and strengthened economic ties.
The World Trade Reception will be on Friday Feb. 24--the evening prior to the NGA Winter Meetings—at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Washington DC.  State, federal, embassy, and business leaders will gather to make the personal connections needed to lay the foundations for growth in two-way trade, foreign direct investment, and job creation.
Additional Governors expected to attend:
Just confirmed! Gov. Brian SCHWEITZER (Montana)
Gov. Bev PERDUE (North Carolina)
Gov. Matt MEAD (Wyoming)
Confirmed State Economic delegations:
Just Added! Alaska
Florida, Illinois, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia,
Host Ambassadors from the 8 TPP Nations:
 Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam
Confirmed Ambassadors with delegations include (33):
Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cote D'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, New Zealand, Oman, Peru,  Portugal, Republic of Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.
Confirmed economic delegations from Embassies of (30):
Angola, Argentina, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Delegation of the European Union, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia,  Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Quebec Gov. Office, Slovenia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Other confirmed VIPs and notables include:
USTR Chief of Staff, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator, AUSTR for the Americas, AUSTR for Intellectual Property & Innovation, AUSTR for Europe and the Middle East, AUSTR for Textiles and Apparel, Commerce Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, Director of the Trade and Development Agency, EVP of OPIC, President of Ex Im Bank Fred Hochberg, AAPC President & former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt,  National Foreign Trade Council, Executive Director of National Lt. Governors Association, Southern Governors Association, Midwestern Governors Assn, National Governors Assn, Council of State Governments, State International Development Organization (SIDO), Small Business Administration International Administrator, Acting Director General US Commercial Service Amb. Chuck Ford, and many more!  
Thank you to our World Trade Reception sponsors!
Global Sponsors:
Business Roundtable
Dow Chemical Company
US Chamber of Commerce
Reception Sponsors
Philip Morris International
Interested in sponsoring? 
Scroll to bottom of this page for downloadable info and package details in Word and PDF formats;
or contact us at
Who should attend:
State: Governors and spouses; Lt. Governors and spouses; Secretaries of State, Commerce, and/or Economic Development (or your state’s equivalent); Secretary of Agriculture; key staffers;  Director & staff of DC state office.
Federal: Members of Congress and spouses; Cabinet members and spouses; Undersecretaries and Deputy Undersecretaries; Directors of Federal-State Relations in agencies involved with trade.
Embassy:  Ambassadors and spouses; Deputy Chiefs of Mission; Ministers of Trade and/or Commerce; Economic Counselors; Agricultural Attaches; key embassy officials.
NGO:  Executives from the World Bank; Ex-Im Bank; OPIC; trade associations; etc.
Business: Executive Level; Directors of trade policy and/or global government relations; Directors of Federal and State Government relations.  For sponsorship information, please contact WITA Executive Director James Wilkinson at 202-312-1600 or .
Business attire.
Parking garages available on F and 14th Streets.
NO WALK-INS.  Pre-registration required for all attendees.
While the reception portion of this event is closed to the Press, the Remarks portion of the program will be open to the Press.  
Only remarks from the podium will be on the record, and there will be NO Q and A.

All credentialed Press wishing to cover this event must RSVP via email with name, title, organization and contact information including email AND cell phone number, to no later than COB Wed. Feb. 22 with subject line, "PRESS RSVP"
Credentialed, pre-registered Press will be sent detailed instructions the day prior to the event via email. 
Press with questions can email WITA Program Manager Javiera Gallardo at
HIghlights from last year's inaugaral Governors and Ambassadors World Trade Reception:
Our inaugaral Governors and Ambassadors World Trade Reception featured Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Jack Markell of Deleware, and Gov. Bev Perdue of North Carolina; Host Ambassador Gary Doer of Canada; and Undersecretary for Interational Trade Francisco Sanchez..
Also present were Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan and Gov. Terry Brandstad of Iowa, 4 other state delegations, as well as 15 Ambassadors and economic delegations from 40 nations around the globe,
Here is a quick video hightlight package!

Governors and Ambassadors Highlights from Washington International Trade A on Vimeo.



 Event Contact

 Event Coordinator

Javiera Gallardo Javiera Gallardo
(202) 312-1600 (202) 312-1600

Governors and Ambassadors World Trade Reception

Friday 24-Feb-12 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST

Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Room 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20004
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Governors and Ambassadors World Trade Reception

Friday 24-Feb-12 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST

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