What We’re Covering This Week......
The week begins with the start of the third round of negotiations on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. US and European Union negotiators meet here in Washington through Friday.
Another big trade meeting this week takes place in Beijing beginning Thursday, when top-level US and Chinese officials gather for the annual meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
Here are some of the events we’ll be following:
● On Monday, the third TTIP round gets underway and continues through the week.
● Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker holds a Twitter chat to discuss her department’s “Open for Business Agenda,” which focuses on revitalizing the National Export Initiative to double US exports and on promoting more foreign investment in the United States.
● As the TTIP negotiations begin, a group of citizen organizations hold a press conference call briefing to outline their concerns with the trade pact.
● On Tuesday, the US Chamber of Commerce holds its annual roundtable gathering US intellectual property attaches stationed around the globe.
● The Global Business Dialogue holds a program assessing the outcomes of the World Trade Organization’s Bali ministerial held earlier this month. Assistant US Trade Representative for WTO and multilateral affairs Mark Linscott is among the speakers.
● Also Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Arun M. Kumar to be assistant secretary of Commerce and director general of the US and Foreign Commercial Service.
● Another TTIP-related event, this time a public symposium sponsored by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
● On Wednesday, TTIP negotiations break temporarily for a public event with stakeholders.
● The American Enterprise Institute sponsors a program on Congress’ role in trade with Sen. Jeff Flake.
● Ebay hosts an event on being a global small business.
● The Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on economic engagement in the Asia Pacific region with witnesses from the departments of State and Commerce.
● Thursday, the two-day meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade begins in Beijing.
● The DC Bar sponsors a program on US-India trade issues, with speakers including Arun Venkataraman from USTR.
● Indonesian Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal discusses his country’s economic development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
● Politico sponsors a breakfast program with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
● Friday, the third round of TTIP negotiations concludes with a press conference.
● This year’s meeting of the US-China JCCT concludes in Beijing.
See you there!