Washington International Trade Conference
On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, WITA hosted its first ever Washington International Trade Conference (WITC). The WITC brought together leaders on international trade from across the U.S. and around the world to debate and discuss the most important trade issues facing policy makers and those making decisions affecting international trade, investment and global value chains.
To read a recap of the 2019 conference, click here.
The 2020 Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Please contact Diego Anez at DAnez@wita.org to find out more about sponsorship opportunities at this signature WITA event.
HONORARY CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS
Ambassador Susan Schwab & Ambassador Michael Froman
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 global value chains to help you navigate a new Congress and year three of the Trump Administration.
Who Should Attend/Why Sponsor
Attendees will learn about key issues driving the national trade debate and network with thought leaders on trade. Sponsors will get visibility for their brand or firm with trade leaders from across the U.S. government (Administration and Congress), embassies, business, law, academia, and trade practitioners from across industries and sectors.
Washington International Trade Conference, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
8:00 AM: Doors open for registration, coffee and networking
9:00 AM: Welcome and introductions
9:10 AM: Armchair Discussion with Rep. Kevin Brady
Ambassador Susan Schwab, to moderate
Rep. Kevin Brady, Ranking Member, House Ways & Means
10:10 AM: The Art of the Deal: The USMCA
Eric Farnsworth, Council of the Americas, to moderate
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Kenneth Smith Ramos, Agon, former lead Mexican USMCA negotiator
Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of SVC Public Affairs
11:05 AM: In a Trade War with China, What Does Victory Look Like?
Ambassador Darci Vetter, Edelman, to moderate
David Dollar, Brookings
Bonnie Glaser, CSIS
David Goldman, Asia Times
12:00 PM: Lunch Buffet
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Meet the Trade Press, Reporters Roundtable
Dorothy Dwoskin, d2 Strategies, LLC, to moderate
Gina Chon, Reuters Breakingviews
Shawn Donnan, Bloomberg
David Lynch, Washington Post
1:40 PM: The Future of Trade – A NextGenTrade® Discussion of Technology, Trade Facilitation & Global Value Chains
Steve Lamar, AAFA and USGVC, Moderator
Tim Bell, Siemens
Andy Brown, Ernst & Young
Ralph Carter, FedEx
Melissa Nelson, SanMar
2:35 PM: What Do Global Investors Think About During a Trade War?
Lionel C. Johnson, Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, to moderate
Hampton Dowling, Chairman, Committee on International Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia
Dr. Maria Vassalou, Perella Weinberg Partners
3:30 PM: Trade Politics in the Age of Trump
Kimberly Ellis, Monument Policy, to moderate
Robert Moran, Brunswick Group
Bruce Stokes, Pew
J.D. Grom, House New Democrat Coalition
4:25 PM: Closing Plenary – Trade and American Values
Grant Aldonas, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University School of Law, to moderate
Michael Anton, Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center, former Trump NSC spokesperson
Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute
Walter Russell Mead, Hudson Institute
5:15 PM: Reception
7:00 PM: Event Close
Former Deputy Asst. to the President for Strategic Communications, National Security Council