Intensive Trade Seminar: Spring Session


On May 15th 2016, the Washington International Trade Association partnered with the George Washington University, and the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center to present an Intensive Trade Seminar: Spring Session. This deep dive-one day course covered the topics of Trade Facilitation and Development, International Tax and Competitiveness, Digital Trade, and Customs and Trade Law. Meredith M. Broadbent, Chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission, also gave a keynote luncheon address on USITC’s role in US Trade. The WITA Intensive Trade Seminar provided an in-depth look into critical trade issues, and an overview of how the US Government formulates and enforces trade policy. This event gave attendees a unique opportunity to increase their professional knowledge base and broaden their network of contacts by learning the nuts and bolts of trade policy from career trade policymakers.

This One-Day Intensive Trade Seminar addressed

five important trade issues:

Trade Facilitation and Development

 International Tax and Competitiveness

The USITC’s role in US Trade: Overview and Current Issues

Digital Trade 

Customs and Trade Law

Trade Facilitation and Development Speakers discussed the nexus of trade and development, with insights into the role Congress plays in setting trade and development policy.  They also looked at the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, signed in 2013, and discussed how implementation of the Agreement will impact on development. Session Leaders: Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Presentation found here: Session I Katrin Kuhlmann Caleb McCarry, Senior Professional Staff, Senate Foreign Relations, and former Cuba Transition Coordinator and the US Department of State.
Customs and Trade Law This session discussed trade law and enforcement, and issues related to the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act (HR 644).  Panelists discussed why anti-dumping, subsidy and safeguard laws exist and how they function. They also discussed US Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP’s) newest rules and regulations, including the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and International Trade Data System (ITDS). Session Leaders: Stacy J Ettinger, Democratic Chief Counsel to the Ranking Member Charles Schumer, US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Previously, Stacy served as a senior legal advisor at the US Department of Commerce. Presentation found here: Session II Stacy J. Ettinger Valarie Neuhart, Deputy Director for the Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency, and previously served as a Director of the Trade Operations, in Cargo and Conveyance Security.
The USITC’s Role in US Trade: Overview and Current Issues Chairman Broadbent will discuss the ITC’s role in US trade policy, including its role in trade law enforcement, and the statutory role it plays in the review and analysis of trade agreements.
Meredith M. Broadbent, is the Chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Previously, Chairman Broadbent held the William M. Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to that she served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications, and as a senior professional staff on the House Ways & Means Committee, and its Trade Subcommittee.
International Tax and Competitiveness This session provided an overview of the international tax regime, efforts to reform the tax treatment of foreign earnings and investment, and the implications of these policies on the competitiveness of US firms. Session Leaders: Gary Clyde Hufbauer is Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  Among other roles, he previously served deputy assistant secretary for international trade and investment policy of the US Treasury; and director of the international tax staff at the Treasury.  Presentation found here: Session III Gary Clyde Hufbauer Warren S. Payne is a senior advisor in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. He joined Mayer Brown from the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where he served as policy director for the full Committee.  Presentation found here:Session III Warren S. Payne
Digital Trade The Internet and the digital economy is changing the way firms large and small do business in the 21st Century.  This session highlighted how the US looks to address the digital trade issues and how policies can better shape the foundation for 21st Century Trade. Session Leaders: Amy Porges is a lawyer in private practice with deep experience in digital and internet businesses- software, recorded music, online video and cloud-based services.  Amy is also the former Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement and head of enforcement at USTR, and was Senior Legal Officer and Counsellor in the Secretariat of the GATT. Presentation found here:Session IV Amy Porges James Stamps is an international trade economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is currently the new Division Chief of the Advanced Technology and Machinery Division in the ITC’s Office of Industries. James was also the project leader for the USITC’s 2013 and 2014 reports on digital trade. Presentation found here: Session IV James Stamps
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