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WIIT Charitable Trust Spring 2017 Winning Scholarship Essay: The FTA Between the U.S. and Oman: Boosting the American Auto Industry

The WIIT Charitable Trust scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are interested in international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business. Winners receive a scholarship award of $1,500 and a free one-year membership to WIIT. For more information, please click here for details…. Read more

NAFTA: A Success Story for ADM and American Agriculture

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. By Lorraine Riffle Hawley, Director for International Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland Company For more than a century, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers,… Read more

What Rules of Origin Mean for North American Competitiveness

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. A similar version recently appeared on Above The Fold, the Chamber’s online platform. By Jodi Hanson Bond, Senior Vice President, Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce A few weeks ago, trade negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States wrapped up the first round of negotiations to modernize the North… Read more

To boost U.S. manufacturers, reworked NAFTA should promote the free flow of data

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. By Yuri Unno, Director, International Trade Policy, Toyota Motors North America When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect in 1994, lowering trade barriers between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Internet was in its infancy. Negotiators were rightly focused on tariffs and non-tariff barriers — not the… Read more

Modernizing Trade Agreements for the 21st Century

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. By Chris Padilla, Vice President, IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs Much has changed in the world since NAFTA was enacted over twenty years ago, and the stunning growth of the internet and e-commerce is perhaps the most striking development in international trade. In 1994 when the agreement took effect,… Read more

The Intangible Value of NAFTA

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. By Karen N. Antebi, Economic Counselor for the Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico, Washington, D.C A little more than three decades ago, after years of recurrent crises under a closed import-substitution model, Mexico changed its paradigm for growth and development. In 1986 Mexico jointed the GATT, but it… Read more

NAFTA: A Proven Model for Fostering Prosperity Through Trade Liberalization

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. By Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Counsellor (Trade Policy), Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C. Consider, for a moment, a free trade zone that is the world’s biggest economic powerhouse. Under the auspices of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada, the United States and Mexico together encompass a vast economic zone… Read more

Renegotiating NAFTA – What is at Stake for American Business?

Originally Published in the Fall 2017  WIIT Communique. By Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council In January of 1993 I assumed the role of Deputy U.S. Trade Representative responsible for finalizing and securing Congressional approval of the then recently negotiated NAFTA accord. President Clinton had just been elected, and he had decided not to accept NAFTA… Read more

“De Minimis” Thresholds Are Not Trivial

Originally Published on TradeVistas on June 16, https://tradevistas.csis.org/de-minimis-thresholds-not-trivial/ By Andrea Durkin Big Things Come in Small Packages Logistics providers say that their biggest challenge – and opportunity – right now is that customer orders are more frequent but smaller. Services like Amazon Prime Now have created an on-demand consumer expectation. Need glue for a school project? Have it on… Read more

WIIT Names Awardees for Significant Achievements in Trade

PRESS RELEASE | For immediate distribution, June 7, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Celebrating its 30th Anniversary at the George Washington University Marvin Center, The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) announced today its annual awards. “The WIIT Board is pleased to recognize these four extraordinary women for their outstanding work in international trade. These women… Read more

WIIT Names New Leadership

PRESS RELEASE | For immediate distribution, June 7, 2017 President, Officers, and Board of Directors appointed at Annual Meeting WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) announced its new leadership for the 2017—2018 term. WIIT’s newly appointed President is Leslie Griffin, Senior Vice President of International Public Policy at UPS. Griffin has… Read more

Partnership League For Africa’s Development, Youth For Human Rights International And Renowned Solar Energy Expert, Robert Komp’s Skyheat Company Partner to Empower The People Of Africa and Power Their Continent

Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD) and Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) have been teaming up with solar energy expert, Dr. Richard Komp, to help spread the word on promising ways to open up solar power for millions on the African continent. At a recent event held at the Church of Scientology National Affairs… Read more

EXIM Bank: Supporting U.S. Small Businesses and Driving Development in Africa

From bridges to water-treatment plants, fire trucks to advanced surgical equipment, since 2009 the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) has supported more than $7 billion in transactions to modernize infrastructure, improve health and wellbeing, and provide tools to enhance public safety in Africa. The Bank is not new to doing business in… Read more

US-Africa Trade Updates

The recent 2016 US – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, or African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, took place on September 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Forum looked not only at the US-Africa relationship now and how African countries could better gain from the trade preferences of AGOA, but it also… Read more

Leading Women of Africa (LWA): Ensuring Women Emerge as Successful Leaders in the Mainstream Africa Economy

In the past two decades there has been huge focus from local and international development institutions on women’s economic empowerment in Africa.  International organisations such as Vital Voices, Women for Women International, AGOA and many more, have been successfully designing and implementing women’s empowerment programmes in collaboration with local women’s platforms in Africa. The main… Read more

#AGOA2016: Women and Trade Dialogue Sparks Action for Emerging Entrepreneurs

Today, the State Department announced a new partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network to help emerging entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses. Starting in Malawi, we will connect women to mentors, educators, and advisors so they can refine their ideas and get the support they need to launch and grow their businesses.  The announcement came at the… Read more

AGOA and Beyond

Since World War II, U.S. trade policy has emphasized lowering trade barriers and creating an enabling environment for trade. We have long recognized that trade is a critical engine for economic growth, which helps drive and shape the United States’ economic engagement with Africa. For years, the United States has employed a range of tools… Read more

WIIT Charitable Trust Fall 2016 Winning Scholarship Essay: Game of Chess: Cuba vs United States

The WIIT Charitable Trust scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are interested in international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business. Winners receive a scholarship award of $1,500 and a free one-year membership to WIIT. For more information, please click here for details…. Read more

Myth vs. Reality | Trade Edition | 11-02-16

MYTH: Economic ties between nations revolve around the importation and exportation of goods and services. REALITY: Maintaining good economic relationships with other countries has benefits beyond imports and exports. It also gives foreign businesses confidence to invest in the United States. In 2014, U.S. affiliates of foreign companies employed more than 6.6 million workers in… Read more

Promotion of Public-Private Partnership through the TFTEA of 2016

The theme of partnership is consistent across many of sections of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2016 (TFTEA). The legislation calls on agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Commerce, and the United States Trade Representative to strengthen their enforcement posture against… Read more

Myth vs. Reality | Trade Edition | 10-26-16

MYTH: Since the U.S. already has free trade agreements with seven of the eleven other participants in TPP, the agreement does not provide any additional benefits. REALITY: In addition to improving the FTAs negotiated earlier (see the Myth vs. Reality 9-29-16), TPP establishes improved trading obligations with Vietnam and Malaysia. More importantly, TPP provides important… Read more

Event RECAP | Customs & Corruption: Getting to Market Efficiently & Reliably

On October 21st, as part of the GetGlobal Expo, WIIT President Evelyn Suarez monitored a panel called “Customs & Corruption: Getting to Market Efficiently & Reliably”. International traders and transportation companies are often confronted with complex and confusing customs and other government agency requirements for entry into market. This panel of customs attorneys and a… Read more

Women Stand to Gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

In an article published by The Hill, former WIIT Outstanding Woman of the Year and Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy institute’s Washington, DC Officer, Wendy Cutler, argues that women stand to gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement: Tucked away in the development chapter of TPP is a short section on… Read more

Myth vs. Reality | Trade Edition | 10-19-16

MYTH: Failure to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP will affect U.S. leadership in Asia. REALITY: There is a strong case that failure to ratify TPP will leave a void in the Asia-Pacific region that will be filled by others, most notably the Chinese, who are negotiating a less stringent trade agreement with the region called… Read more