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2021 Washington International Trade Conference

Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 PM - 3:00 AM (EST)
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The Washington International Trade Conference will bring 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.

Together, we will debate and discuss the most important issues affecting international trade, investment and supply chains to help you navigate U.S. and global trade policy.

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Who Should Attend/Why Sponsor

Attendees will hear from trade leaders and learn about key issues driving U.S. and international trade policy.
Sponsors will get visibility for their brand or firm with trade leaders from across governments (U.S. and International), embassies, business, law, academia, and trade practitioners from across industries and sectors.

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Monday, Feb 8

1:00 PM: US-China Relations 

  • Moderator: Wendy Cutler,President and Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute, former acting Deputy USTR
  • Aaron L. Friedberg,Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Ambassador Kurt Tong,Partner, the Asia Group, and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs
  • Susan Shirk,Chair, 21st Century China Center and Research Professor, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

2:00 PM ET: Trade & Environmental Sustainability 

  • Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman,Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP and President & CEO, C&M International; former Deputy United States Trade Representative
  • Ambassador Vangelis Vitalis,New Zealand Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Madelaine Tuininga,European Commission, DG Trade Head of Unit for Sustainable Development and the European Green Deal
  • Himamauli Das,Senior Managing Director, K2 Integrity, and former Senior Director for International Trade and Investment, National Security Council

3:00 PM: Finding a Way Forward on Digital Trade 

  • Moderator: Arrow Augerot,Director, Americas Public Policy, Amazon
  • Peter Swire,Holder Chair of of Law and Ethics, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business; Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP
  • Jason Oxman,President & CEO, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Sahra English,Vice President, Public Policy, Mastercard

4:00 PM: Ambassadors Trade Roundtable

  • Moderator: Ambassador Susan Schwab,Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown LLP Professor Emerita, University of Maryland
  • Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis,EU Ambassador to the United States of America
  • Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos,Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America
  • Ambassador Nestor Forster,Brazil’s Ambassador to the United States of America
  • Dame Karen Pierce DCMG,British Ambassador to the United States of America

5:00 PM: Day One Conference Close


Tuesday, Feb 9

9:00 AM: Revitalization and Reform of the WTO with WTO Deputy Director General Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff

  • Featured Remarks by Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff,Deputy Director General of the WTO, and Co-Acting Director General
  • Discussion with:
    • Kenneth Levinson,Executive Director, Washington International Trade Association
    • Terence Stewart,former Managing Partner, Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart, and author of the blog, Current Thoughts on Trade

9:30 AM-10:15 AM: Discussion: Revitalization and Reform of the WTO 

  • Ambassador Rufus Yerxa,President of the National Foreign Trade Council and former Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization
  • Simon Evenett,Professor of International Trade and Economic Development and MBA Director, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jennifer Hillman,Senior Fellow for Trade and International Political Economy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Hiddo Houben,Deputy Permanent Representative, EU Mission to the WTO

10:15 AM: What does a Neo-Progressive Trade Agenda look like? 

  • Moderator: Catherine Novelli,President, Listening for America, former Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
  • Beth Baltzan,Founder, American Phoenix Trade Advisory Service and formerly with USTR and the House Ways & Means Committee
  • Catherine Feingold,Director, AFL-CIO International Department
  • Katrin Kuhlmann,President and Founder, New Markets Lab, and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kimberley Botwright,Community Lead, Global Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum

11:15 AM: Closing Keynote and Discussion: Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal

  • Rep. Richard Neal,Chairman, House Ways & Means Committee
  • Discussion with Steve Lamar,President and CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, and President of the Board, Washington International Trade Association

12:00 PM: Conference Close

Individual Ticket

WITA Member : $300
WITA Member: Government/Embassy/Student: $200
Non-WITA Member (includes WITA membership): $400
Non-WITA Member: Government/Embassy/Student (includes WITA membership): $300
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Sponsorship Opportunities

Leadership Circle: $25,000
Benefactor: $10,000
Patron: $5,000