2023 Washington International Trade Conference Recap




On Monday, February 13th, 2023, and Tuesday, February 14th, 2023, WITA hosted its fifth annual Washington International Trade Conference (WITC). This conference brought together leaders in international trade from across the U.S. and around the world to explore the trade landscape and look toward the future of trade. 

The event began with remarks from Kenneth I. Levinson, Executive Director of WITA, as he introduced the first two panelists: Angela Ellard, Deputy Director-General and World Trade Organization and Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates; former WTO Deputy Director General; and former Deputy USTR.

The panelists of the second panel, “Climate Diplomacy and Trade – a NextGenTrade(™) discussion”, included Kelly Milton, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environmental and Natural Resources, USTR, David Livingston, Managing Director for Clean Energy & Senior Advisor, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale School of the Environment and Yale Law School – on public service leave at the World Trade Organization, Julio José Prado, Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries, Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries of Ecuador, Jo Tyndall, Director, Environment Directorate, OECD, and Moderator Maureen Hinman, Co-Founder, Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator.

The third panel of the conference, “Making a More Meaningful TTC in its 3rd Year”, featured speakers Michelangelo Margherita, Head of Trade, Agriculture and Digital Economy in the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S., Jonathan McHale, Vice President, Digital Trade, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Daniel Mullaney, former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, Jason Oxman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), and Moderator Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice President, Europe, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

The fourth panel, “Trade, Supply Chains and Industrial Policy”, included speakers Simon J. Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen, Founder, St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity Through Trade, Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy, Semiconductor Industry Association, Hon. Nazak Nikakhtar, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP; Senior Fellow, Center for Technology Diplomacy, Purdue University; and Strategic Advisor, Silverado Policy Accelerator, Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), and Moderator Jonathan Lang, Director for Trade and Supply Chains, Industrial & Consumer, Eurasia Group.

The fifth panel focused on “U.S.-China Strategic and National Security” and included the following panelists: Amy P. Celico, Principal Albright Stonebridge Group, Dentons Global Advisors, Samm Sacks, Senior Fellow, Yale Law School, Paul Tsai China Center, Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Moderator Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Dell Technologies. 

The start of the second day began with the panel providing an “Update From Congress” with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Republican, Senate Finance Committee and Moderator Steve Lamar, President & CEO, American Apparel and Footwear Association, and President of the WITA Board of Directors. 

The second panel featured an “Update on the Administration’s Trade Agenda”, Marisa Lago, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade opened the panel with remarks followed by questions from Moderator Wendy Cutler, Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute and Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. Office; and former Acting Deputy United States Trade Representative. 

The closing session of the 2023 Washington International Trade Conference was the “Trade Around the World Ambassadors Roundtable” featuring Hon. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States, Hon. Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, Ambassador Tamaki Tsukada, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, Hon. Tanee Sangrat, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States, and Moderator Ambassador Susan Schwab, Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown LLP; and former United States Trade Representative. 

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