Breakfast Discussion: The U.S.-India Trade and Investment Relationship

Space still available – walk-ins welcome! Optimism continues that more opportunities are on the horizon for U.S. businesses in India. Indian companies are looking to have a greater presence in the U.S. and are actively seeking partners for new ventures. Following the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum in late 2015 and in advance of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States in March – the third of his two-year tenure, please join the Asia-Pacific section of Women in International Trade (WIIT) for a discussion of top trade and investment issues and a preview of what is next in this important and dynamic bilateral relationship. (more…)

WIIT Trade Talk: Enabling Global Market Access for Women Entrepreneurs

In response to Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the WIIT International Development Section sponsored a panel discussion on women’s entrepreneurship and access to global markets. Four women active in the field of promoting women entrepreneurs shared their research and experiences moderated by WIIT member Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Director of Economic Empowerment at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Sarah Iqbal, Manager of the Women, Business and Law Project at the World Bank, discussed key findings from the World Bank’s recently released Women, Business and the Law 2016. Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO of WEConnect International, discussed her organization’s role in finding, vetting, and registering women-owned businesses to help global businesses include women-owned companies in their procurement strategies. Sarah Thorn, Senior Director of Federal Government Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., discussed Wal-Mart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative to expand the presence of women-owned businesses in its global supply chain. Marideth Sandler, CEO of Sandler Trade LLC, discussed the unique assets that women-owned businesses offer in the global market place, based on her experience globally. She also discussed how the youth of emerging markets could develop mobile phone applications to help women and other entrepreneurs to overcome their isolation and access information on customs, regulatory procedures, and even design trends. The presentation was followed by a Q&A and discussion period and the screening of a short trailer for the upcoming documentary, Threads, that WIIT will be screening on January 19th. The views expressed by the author(s) of article(s) published in this newsletter are their personal views and should not be interpreted as the views of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) or its individual members. See full disclaimer here.

2015 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the WIIT Charitable Trust

are pleased to announce the

2015 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

with Honorary Host

Ambassador_Hunaina_Al-Mughairy

Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy

Sultanate of Oman to the United States

Date:

Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location:

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center 1100 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036

Individual Tickets:

WIIT Members: $40 Non-WIIT Members: $55

Corporate Sponsorships:

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact WIIT Executive Director, Liz Schumacher at elizabeth@affinity-strategies.com.

Current corporate members of WIIT are invited to provide the names of those who will attend the gala by emailing info@wiit.org.

Advance registration closes Wednesday, December 9 at 12 PM Please contact us with any questions

Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States of America on December 2, 2005. Ambassador Al-Mughairy is the first woman to represent an Arab country as an Ambassador in Washington.  Prior to her work in diplomacy, she served many roles in Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Omani Center for Investment Promotion & Export Development. The Ambassador obtained a B.A in Business Communications from the High Polytechnical Institute in Cairo, and an M.A. in Economics from New York University. SQCCWIIT is honored to hold this year’s gala at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.  SQCC was established in 2005 to promote mutual respect and understanding between the U.S. and Oman through outreach programs, scholarships, lectures, educational resources, and cultural partnerships.  SQCC has a large exhibition space featuring Omani cultural items, including jewelry, clothing, replica forts, and a traditional water system.  H.E. Hunaina S. Al Mughairy, Ambassador of Oman to the United States, serves as Chair of the SQCC Board of Oversight.


All auction proceeds benefit the WIIT Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization.  The WIIT Charitable Trust was created in 2001 to fund charitable, scientific and educational activities in international trade. Its mission is to promote public knowledge and understanding of international trade and international business and strengthen the role of women therein by being a valued source of information and by globally sponsoring research, educational programs and information-sharing activities.

WIIT Professional Development- What Women in Trade Need to Know About Gender Bias to Lead at Your Best

Dana Watts, WIIT VP of Professional Development and Beth Hand, CEO of Leadership Hand LLC

Dana Watts, WIIT VP of Professional Development and Beth Hand, CEO of Leadership Hand LLC

Beth Hand, CEO of Leadership Hand LLC, presented an insightful talk on the issue of gender bias in business and trade relationships, and facilitated an interesting discussion among WIIT members about their own experiences and observations. Ms. Hand provided background information on the topic from the research she did for her recent book, Hidden by Gender, including the role of acculturation in society and how it helps bias persist over time. She also used the letters S-H-I-N-E to prompt women to consider how to see one’s own compelling vision, have a strategic framework that helps you stay mentally focused on the steps for achieving that vision; investigate, explore and innovate to find the right tools and partners for achieving your goals; notice your own bold brilliance by acknowledging your accomplishments; and embrace the lessons brought on by failure and feedback.       The views expressed by the author(s) of article(s) published in this newsletter are their personal views and should not be interpreted as the views of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) or its individual members. See full disclaimer here.

Enabling Global Market Access for Women Entrepreneurs

Space still available – walk-ins welcome!

The International Development Section of the Association of Women in International Trade invites you to a discussion with Elizabeth Vazquez CEO, WEConnect International Marideth Sandler CEO, Sandler Trade LLC Sarah Iqbal Manager, Women, Business and Law Project, World Bank Sarah Thorn Senior Director of Federal Government Relations, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Moderated by Shamarukh Mohiuddin Director, Economic Empowerment Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center The International Development Section of the Association of Women in International Trade celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with a discussion on women’s entrepreneurship and global market access on December 7, 2015. Although women entrepreneurs are key accelerators for global growth and women across the world are launching businesses at a rapid rate, women in developing countries still face significant barriers to accessing local and international markets. This discussion will explore the current barriers to women’s full participation in the economy and international markets and how they can be overcome. Date and Time: Monday, December 7, 2015 3:30 – 5:00 PM Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Room: 3M and RJR Nabisco 1615 H Street NW (at Connecticut Ave NW) Washington, DC 20062 Metros: Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver); Farragut North (Red) Click here for all transit options Price: WIIT Members: free Non-WIIT Members: $25 Event fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, December 4, 2015.

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Elizabeth Vazquez

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Marideth Sandler

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Sarah Iqbal

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Sarah Thorn

Shamarukh_Mohiuddin

Shamarukh Mohiuddin

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What Women in Trade Need to Know About Gender Bias to Lead at Your Best

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Beth Hand

The Professional Development Committee of the Association of Women in International Trade invites you to a discussion with

Beth Hand, CEO of Leadership Hand LLC

Women are powerhouses of performance and possibility. The business case is compelling: countries with higher levels of equality between men and women have higher economic growth. Women on boards mean higher returns, and peace agreements that include women are more successful. Increased women’s economic empowerment would add 5% to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the United States, 9% in Brazil and Japan, 11% in Italy, 12% in United Arab Emirates, and 27% in India. It is an unequal world for women, whether they live in a developed or developing country. According to the U.S. Department of State, one in three will experience gender-based violence. Catalyst, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for women in business, reports that only 4.6% of CEOs in S&P 500 companies are women, and that women in the U.S. earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. How can women in trade who want to make a difference play bigger and more powerfully in the world, leading within their organizations or leading in their own businesses? What do you need to know about gender bias? Join Beth Hand as she shares insights, inspiration, and practical answers to these questions. Her research shines a light on how gender bias can be a red herring that hides women and men, and reveals the hidden playing field. She’s developed five guidelines to help you lead at your best. For you, for women and men, boys and girls—for the world. Note: This is a “brown bag” event, so bring your lunch! Soft drinks will be provided, courtesy of Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP.

Date & Time:

Friday, December 4, 2015 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location:

Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP 1133 Connecticut Ave. NW, 12th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 Metro: Orange/Blue Lines to Farragut West, or Red Line to Farragut North

Price:

WIIT Members: free Non-WIIT Members:  $25.00 Event fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Online registration closes 24 hours before the event. Not sure of your membership status? Log in to the WIIT website (default name and password is your email address on file with WIIT), or contact us at info@wiit.org or (202) 293-2948. 


Beth Hand, MBA, is the CEO of Leadership Hand LLC, a leadership development business helping mission-driven leaders in Fortune 500, medium and small enterprises worldwide achieve strategic results. She is an award-winning executive coach and has consulted on initiatives up to $1b USD. Her newly released book Hidden by Gender: What Women Need to Know About Gender Bias to Shine in the Corporate Space & the Marketplace reached number #1 on Amazon in women and business. It is the sixth book in the Leadership Hand® business and leadership series. Website: www.leadershiphand.com

 

Government Jobs in International Law (Co-Sponsored Event)

The Association of Women in International Trade is pleased to be a co-sponsor of a discussion with Kathleen Hutchinson Assistant Director for Regulatory Policy, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Imani Ellis-Cheek Sy Senior Attorney Advisor, Regional Specialist for Africa, International Bureau, Federal Communication Commission Faye Ehrenstamm Director, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice Thomas Reilly Assistant General Counsel, International and National Security Programs, U.S. Department of Energy Meredith Johnston Attorney Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees, U.S. Department of State Moderator: Marilyn Tucker Director of Alumni Career Services & International Internships, Georgetown Law Career Services During this program, you will learn about diverse international practice areas from the perspective of panelists at a variety of federal agencies. If you’re interested in learning about government opportunities that exist for international practice, you won’t want to miss this program! Thank you to Clifford Chance LLP for hosting the event. Light appetizers will be served. Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Clifford Chance LLP 2001 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 Metro: Farragut North (Red); Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver) Price: Advance Registration:  WBA and WIIT Members: $10 Non-Members: $20 Student WBA Members: $10 After 11/30/15: WBA and WIIT Members: $15 Non-Members: $25 Student WBA Members: $15 How to Register: 1. Go to the WBA public registration page for this event 2. Enter your information (WIIT Members: enter the promo code provided by email to receive the WBA Member price) Register Now Not sure of your membership status? Log in to the WIIT website (default name and password is your email address on file with WIIT), or contact us at info@wiit.org or (202) 293-2948. 


WBAlogo WIIT is a proud co-sponsor of this event hosted by The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA).  

Trade Talk on WTO’s TRIPS Agreement at 20—and Looking Ahead

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Timothy Trainer

The Association of Women in International Trade and The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) invite you to a discussion with Timothy Trainer Principal, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center Twenty years ago, the WTO’s TRIPS (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) Agreement came into effect, prompting innumerable changes in national legislation.  The resulting increase in IP enforcement activity over the past two decades raises some fundamental questions:  Why was intellectual property viewed by some governments as essential to the Uruguay Round?  Have IP enforcement concerns and the need for legislative changes overshadowed what IP is really about?  Is there a similar dedication of resources to addressing how IP can benefit enterprises and how IP can potentially contribute to economic growth and development? Join WIIT for an exclusive presentation by Timothy Trainer of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, who will discuss these issues in an exciting retrospective on the TRIPS Agreement on the eve of its 20th anniversary.  This event is also being offered by webinar — please go to OWIT.org for more details! Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to this brown bag event. Date & Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:45 AM: Registration 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Discussion The discussion will begin promptly at 12:00 PM. In-Person Location: Amgen, Inc. 601 13th Street NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20004 Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue/Silver) In-Person Pricing: WIIT & OWIT Members: free Non-Members: $25 Webinar Pricing*: WIIT & OWIT Members: $25 Non-Members: $40

*Registration and payment to attend the webinar must be completed through OWIT’s website.

Event fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Registration to attend in person closes at noon on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. (more…)

Trade Talk on Export Promotion in Africa with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advocacy Center

Space still available – walk-ins welcome!

The Africa Section
of the Association of Women in International Trade

invites you to a discussion with

Jennifer Pilat
Director of the Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

Hallie Offen
Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lisa Coppé
Country Manager, West Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

The United States government has a wealth of free or low-cost resources available to help U.S. companies boost exports around the world. In particular, the Advocacy Center and the Trade and Development Agency (TDA) are uniquely positioned among federal agencies to help companies access new markets or win contracts with foreign government entities. Through close coordination and cooperation, TDA and the Advocacy Center often work together to provide an edge to U.S. businesses involved in competitive bids overseas—from sponsoring reverse trade missions and business matchmaking, to providing training grants and diplomatic support.

Join WIIT for an exclusive off-the-record discussion with TDA and the Advocacy Center about opportunities for export promotion and international development in Africa, and the many resources available to U.S. companies looking to expand to overseas markets.

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Trade Talk on Biodiversity and the Environment: Genetic Resources and the Nagoya Protocol

WIIT members enjoyed an informative panel presentation and discussion of the issues surrounding the conservation, sustainable use, and equitable sharing of benefits related to genetic resources, and the obligations recent agreements may require of businesses. While most of the discussion focused on the preliminary activities related to implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the discussion also included background information on efforts underway at the United Nations to consider issues related to Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions including marine genetic resources in the high seas.

Panel Members and Moderator

Panel Members and Moderator

The expert panel consisted of : Tainá Guimarães Alvarenga Head of Environment Section, Embassy of Brazil, Lila Feisee Vice President, International Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Tonya Kemp Director of International Trade Policy, Personal Care Products Council, and Kenli Kim Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and was moderated by WIIT member, Patricia Wu, Senior Director, C & M International, Ltd.

The Nagoya Protocol provides a transparent legal framework for the implementation of one of the three objectives of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. It entered into force in October 2014, and as the various parties to the agreement begin to develop the scope and implementing regulations for its enforcement, there are numerous issues that will need to be considered by those companies that may have genetic resources moving through their global supply chains.

 

The views expressed by the author(s) of article(s) published in this newsletter are their personal views and should not be interpreted as the views of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) or its individual members. See full disclaimer here.

Professional Development: Managing Up with Karen James Chopra

Spaces are still available, walk-ins welcome! The Professional Development Committee of the Association of Women in International Trade invites you to 

Managing Up: From Your First Boss to the Board of Directors

with Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC

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Karen James Chopra

Our bosses determine almost everything about a job—whether we are successful, whether we are promoted, whether we are happy to come to work, or dread it. Managing the relationship with our supervisors is a critical workplace skill, from dealing with our first boss to handling the board of directors for our organization. Managing upwards is not a power struggle, manipulation, playing office politics, or smooching backsides. It is the ability to analyze the needs, expectations and quirks of your boss and your organization and adapt your behavior to be a successful professional in that environment. Whether it’s your boss or your board that is driving you crazy, this lunchtime workshop will give you a framework for thinking about how to work in your unique environment, and give you some new tools to manage your boss (or your board) more effectively. The presenter, Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC, is a career counselor and therapist in private practice in Washington, D.C. She specializes in career management and workplace negotiations, helping clients navigate the complex twists and turns that every career experiences. Over her 16 years in private practice, she has worked with hundreds of clients on career exploration, job search and career management issues. Prior to entering the career counseling field, Karen spent 10 years working for the U.S. Government in the trade policy arena, first at the Department of Commerce and then at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She received her Masters in Community Counseling for the George Washington University, her Masters of Science in Foreign Service for Georgetown University and her B.A. from the University of Virginia. Website: www.ChopraCareers.com Twitter: @ChopraCareers LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/karenchopra Note: This is a “brown bag” event, so bring your lunch! Cookies and soft drinks will be provided, courtesy of Miller & Chevalier Chartered. Date & Time: Friday, November 6, 2015 12 noon – 1:00 PM Location: Miller & Chevalier Chartered 1450 G Street NW, Suite 900 Metropolitan Square Washington, DC 20005 Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue/Silver) Click here for all public transit options Directions:  There are entrances to the Metropolitan Square building on four sides of the city block.  The best entrance to use is on G Street, between 14th and 15th Streets. As you enter the building, go to the G Street side. Parking: An independently managed parking garage is located at the Metropolitan Square building.  The entrance is on G Street between 14th and 15th streets.  The Willard Hotel also operates a parking garage, on F Street between 14th and 15th Streets, NW.  Please note that parking is limited at times. Price: WIIT Members: free Non-WIIT Members: $25 Event fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Online registration closes on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10 AM.  Not sure of your membership status? Log in to the WIIT website (default name and password is your email address on file with WIIT), or contact us at info@wiit.org or (202) 293-2948. 

Trade Talk on Biodiversity and the Environment: Genetic Resources and the Nagoya Protocol

WIIT members enjoyed an informative panel presentation and discussion of the issues surrounding the conservation, sustainable use, and equitable sharing of benefits related to genetic resources, and the obligations recent agreements may require of businesses. While most of the discussion focused on the preliminary activities related to implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the discussion also included background information on efforts underway at the United Nations to consider issues related to Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions including marine genetic resources in the high seas.

Panel Members and Moderator

Panel Members and Moderator

The expert panel consisted of : Tainá Guimarães Alvarenga Head of Environment Section, Embassy of Brazil, Lila Feisee Vice President, International Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Tonya Kemp Director of International Trade Policy, Personal Care Products Council, and Kenli Kim Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and was moderated by WIIT member, Patricia Wu, Senior Director, C & M International, Ltd. The Nagoya Protocol provides a transparent legal framework for the implementation of one of the three objectives of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. It entered into force in October 2014, and as the various parties to the agreement begin to develop the scope and implementing regulations for its enforcement, there are numerous issues that will need to be considered by those companies that may have genetic resources moving through their global supply chains.   The views expressed by the author(s) of article(s) published in this newsletter are their personal views and should not be interpreted as the views of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) or its individual members. See full disclaimer here.

The International Food Supply Chain and Animal Health and Welfare

Dr. Andrea Gavinelli

Dr. Andrea Gavinelli

Walk-ins welcome! The Agriculture Section of The Association of Women in International Trade invite you to a discussion with featured guest Dr. Andrea Gavinelli Head of Animal Welfare Unit, European Commission joined by
Dena Jones

Dena Jones

Dena Jones Director of the Farm Animal Program, Animal Welfare Institute Join WIIT for a discussion with featured guest Dr. Andrea Gavinelli from the European Commission, joined by Dena Jones from the Animal Welfare Institute. They will address broad issues of animal welfare, its place in the current Transatlantic Partnership Negotiations (TTIP), international animal transport regulations and the current status of Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) legislation in this session of Congress. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch. Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 12 noon – 1:45 PM Location: Baker & Hostetler LLP 1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20036 Price: WIIT Members: free Non-WIIT Members: $25 (more…)

President’s Fall Social with Special Guest Barbara Weisel

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)

invites you to a

Fall Social

With Special Guest and Remarks By

Barbara-WeiselBarbara Weisel
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
WIIT Woman of the Year 2013-2014

hosted by

Stefanie Holland

Stefanie Holland
President, Women in International Trade

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 14 2015
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW (at Connecticut Ave NW)
Washington, DC 20062
Metros: Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver); Farragut North (Red)

Price:
WIIT Members: free
Non-Members: $25

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wear pink on October 14 to raise awareness as we work together to empower women around the globe.

Please RSVP here no later than 12:00 PM noon on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 to indicate whether you will attend.

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Next Steps in Ratification and Implementation

The Association of Women in International Trade is pleased to be a co-sponsor of a discussion with Elizabeth Branson Director for Trade and Development, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Virginia Brown Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, U.S. Agency for International Development Craig Clark Acting Director for Textiles and Trade Agreements, Trade Policy and Programs Directorate, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Lynn Fischer Fox Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Negotiations, Enforcement and Compliance Division, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Amgad Shehata Vice President, International Government Affairs, UPS Moderator Jean-Rene Broussard, Of Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP The centerpiece of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Bali Package from December 2013 was the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the first new multilateral agreement in the WTO since its creation nearly 20 years ago. The TFA provisions intend to facilitate global trade by improving transparency, streamlining clearance procedures, and reducing red tape at the border. The OECD estimates that for every one percent reduction in global trade costs, global incomes go up by $40 billion and that the TFA could reduce worldwide trade costs by between 12.5 and 17.5 percent. Two-thirds of the WTO Membership must ratify the TFA before it is implemented, and the United States and WTO are encouraging ratification before the Tenth WTO Ministerial in December 2015. Please join us for a dynamic discussion with key negotiators and policy makers on the next steps for finalization and implementation of this landmark WTO Agreement.  This event is hosted by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, International Law Forum. The discussion will be followed by a networking cocktail reception hosted by Akin Gump. As a co-sponsor of this event, WIIT members may attend at the WBA member rate using a promo code that was distributed to all current WIIT members by email.  To check your membership status, log in to the WIIT website (default name and password is your email address on file with WIIT), or contact us at (202) 293-2948 or info@wiit.org. Date & Time: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:00 – 8:30 PM ET Location: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW (entrances on NH and 19th St NW) Washington, DC 20036 Price: Advance Registration: WBA and WIIT Members: $10 Non-Members: $20 Students: $10 After 10/4/2015: WBA and WIIT Members: $15 Non-Members: $25 Students: $15 How to Register: 1. Go to the WBA public registration page for this event 2. Enter your information (WIIT Members: enter the promo code provided by email to receive $10 off) Register Now (more…)

Happy Hour on the Hill with Congressional Staff

Join WIIT and Congressional trade staff for happy hour at the legendary Hawk ‘n’ Dove on Capitol Hill!

Hosted by the Legislative Initiatives Section

Date & Time: 6:00 PM Thursday, October 1, 2015

Location: Hawk ‘n’ Dove 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE (near 4th St SE) Washington, DC 20003 Metros: Orange/Blue/Silver lines to  Capitol South or Eastern Market

Cash Bar

RSVPs are optional but appreciated!

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U.S. Brazil Trade Relationship

by Cat Robinson WIIT BrazilWIIT recently held a Trade Talk on the strengthening bilateral relationship with Brazil. Maria Cameron, Sr. Director for Brazil, at the Department of Commerce, and Renata Vasconcellos, Sr. Director for Policy at the Brazil US Business Council, discussed the recent high level visit between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and President Barack Obama and provided an overview of the deliverables that followed their visit. The discussion centered on strengthening the bilateral relationship and ways Brazil and the United States can work together to further expand economic and trade ties between our two governments and private sectors. Over 30 individuals attended the event and had the opportunity to ask follow-up questions to the speakers following their remarks. The dialogue was robust and WIIT members (and non members) walked away with a greater understanding of the opportunities ahead.   The views expressed by the author(s) of article(s) published in this newsletter are their personal views and should not be interpreted as the views of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) or its individual members. See full disclaimer here.

Trade Talk on U.S.-Brazil Trade Relationship

The Western Hemisphere Section of the Association of Women in International Trade invites you to a de-brief breakfast on the recent official visit from President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and the future of the U.S.-Brazil Trade and economic relationship with Maria C. Cameron Director for Brazil, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and Renata B. Vasconcellos Senior Director for Policy, Brazil-U.S. Business Council, U.S. Section Breakfast will be provided. Date & Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Location: Amgen, Inc. 601 13th Street NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20005 Price: WIIT Members: free Non-Members: $25 Pre-registration closes on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  Registration fees are non-refundable, and due at the time of registration. Please note our press policy here. (more…)

Trade Talk on Iran Nuclear Deal

This event has reached maximum capacity, and we regret that we cannot accommodate walk-ins.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

The Export Controls and Sanctions Section of the Association of Women in International Trade in an event co-sponsored by the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and the Washington Foreign Law Society

invites you to an event to discuss

The US, EU, and UN sanctions implementation of the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

with

Andrew N. Keller Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions Office of Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions, U.S. Department of State

Lisa Palluconi Attorney, Chief Counsel’s Office, Office of Foreign Assets Control U.S. Department of the Treasury

Anahita Thoms Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

Moderators:

Kerry Contini Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Alexandre Lamy Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Mr. Andrew Keller, Ms. Lisa Palluconi, and Ms. Anahita Thoms will discuss the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed and announced by Iran and the P5+1 countries on July 14, 2015. Mr. Keller and Ms. Palluconi will focus on the long-term plan for limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment and related nuclear activities and the JCPOA’s detailed and complex sanctions relief, in particular the conditions precedents and potential “snap back” of sanctions from the US perspective. Ms. Thoms will give an overview of the expected implementation of the JCPOA by the European Union and the United Nations. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.

Date & Time: Monday, August 10, 2015 12:30 – 2:00 PM ET By Teleconference or In Person

In-Person Location: AT CAPACITY – No walk-ins permitted Baker & McKenzie LLP 815 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20006 Metros: Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver); Farragut North (Red)

Dial-In Information: To be provided via email to all pre-registered attendees

Please download slides for this event here

Price: WIIT Members: Free ABA ECES Members: Free WFLS Members: Free Non-Members: $25

Advance registration will close on Friday, August 7 at 5:00 PM ET. Registration fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Please note our updated press policy.

Potential for U.S. Businesses in Cuba: WIIT Trade Talk

by Evi Fuelle Evi Fuelle is a WIIT member and intern at the International Trade Administration On July 20, Cuban flags waved in the streets of Washington, D.C. outside of the newly re-opened Cuban Embassy, and celebrations continued long after the official restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. The U.S. embassy in Cuba will hold its reopening ceremony on August 14. On Wednesday, July 29, Women in International Trade hosted a timely Trade Talk focusing on the future of U.S.-Cuba relations, and the potential for doing business there. While the trajectory of U.S.-Cuba relations remains unclear in the near-term, Joan Perkins, Deputy Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Cargill, Incorporated provided WIIT members with their insight on what the restoration of diplomatic relations might mean for businesses in both the U.S. and Cuba. WIIT members and event attendees listened to Perkins and Vorwerk describe what the State Department and the private sector have observed since the recent restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations. The regulatory changes made to date were discussed, and the speakers stressed that the U.S. and Cuba are in the early stages of this new relationship. There is a great deal of negotiation that will need to take place on the path to normalization that will include human rights, the core of U.S. policy, and property claims issues, among others. Since Congress must be the one that lifts the embargo, and that has not yet taken place, business relationships with Cuba are still very limited. With diplomatic relations restored, NGOs have somewhat more freedom to operate, and building materials and supplies can be provided to the Cuban private sector more easily, and limits on quarterly remittances have been raised from $500 to $2000. Travel restrictions are also eased somewhat, but still must fall under one of the current categories of approved travel. Although only charter flights are currently available, the potential for scheduled air service is being discussed, and passenger ferries could be possible by year-end. In addition, some cruise lines are in the planning stages to add Cuba-focused educational trips by early 2016; Cuba has one of the largest deep water ports in the Caribbean. According to Vorwerk, Cuba has 11 million people seeking access to safe and affordable food. While it has a strong agricultural co-op system in place, it is still operating with limited equipment and supplies despite small investments from some European and South American countries. Cargill and other companies that make up the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba support the lifting of sanctions on Cuba. Vorwerk expects bipartisan support in Congress to lift the sanctions, as both the Senate and the House have introduced bills to remove sanctions. While business activities are still very constrained in Cuba, Vorwerk did encourage businesses interested in trade with Cuba to explore ideas with U.S. and Cuban officials as to what is currently in and out of scope for investment and trade. The following resources provide more information on the topic:

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Trade Talk on Cuba

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Joan Perkins

The Western Hemisphere Section of the Association of Women in International Trade

invites you to a round table discussion on Cuba with

Joan Perkins Deputy Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Devry Boughner Vorwek Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cargill, Incorporated

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Devry Boughner Vorwerk

In a huge step forward for U.S.-Cuba relations, the United States has reached an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and the two countries have reopened embassies in their respective countries.

Join WIIT for an exclusive off-the-record round table conversation discussing the U.S private sector and U.S. government views on possible next steps for U.S.-Cuba relations.

This event no longer accepting registrations.

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:30 – 10:30 AM Registration opens at 9:15 AM

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 1615 H Street NW (at Connecticut Ave NW) Washington, DC 20062 Metros: Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver); Farragut North (Red)

Price: WIIT Members: Free Non-WIIT Members: $25

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Trade Talk Update on Europe and TTIP

By Kathryn Kobe Two years ago this month negotiations began between the UnitedStates and European Union on the Transatlantic  Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. The tenth round of those negotiations is scheduled to begin on July 13th in Brussels. Adeline Hinderer Sayers, Trade Counselor and Deputy Head of Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, and Eva Hampl, Director of Investment, Trade and Financial Services for the United States Council for International Business, spoke to over thirty members and friends of WIIT on the bilateral relationship and the state-of-play of the negotiations. The discussion covered a wide range of topics including the general contours and possible timeline of the expected agreement, transparency and outreach to stakeholders, the relationship between services in TTIP and the ongoing negotiations between 24 members of the WTO on a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), and the EU and US interest in using the agreement to make it easier for small and medium enterprises in both economies to participate in trade. More information on the TTIP negotiations and related European activities can be found here and here. You can also follow @EU_TTIP_team on Twitter. The United StatesCouncil for International Business’ outreach on international trade issues, including TTIP, can be found here. Europe and TTP Trade Talk 7_6_15   The views expressed by the author(s) of article(s) published in this newsletter are their personal views and should not be interpreted as the views of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) or its individual members. See full disclaimer here.