Sunday, February 16, 2014

What We're Covering This Week

This is shaping up to be a busy week, that begins with a “stocktaking” meeting between the two principals on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and ends with the Agriculture Department’s annual two-day outlook conference.
Here are some of the events we’ll be following:
             ●          On Monday, US Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Trade Commissioners Karel De Gucht begin a two-day stocktaking session on the status of the TTIP talks.
             ●          Also Monday, negotiators in Geneva begin the 5th round of negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement.
             ●         Tuesday, the EU’s De Gucht discusses the latest developments on TTIP at the Atlantic Council.
             ●          At the same time, USTR Froman is at the Center for American Progress to talk about the Administration’s trade agenda.
             ●          Wednesday, Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira speaks to the World Affairs Council.
             ●          Also Wednesday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses a National Press Club luncheon.
             ●          On Thursday, the Agriculture Department kicks off its annual two-day outlook conference.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USTR Froman are among the speakers.
             ●          The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection holds an open meeting Thursday afternoon.
             ●          Friday, the USDA outlook conference concludes.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

What We're Covering This Week

Here are some of the events we’ll be following this week:
             ●          On Tuesday, Japanese Ambassador Sasae talks about the Regional Cooperative Economic Partnership and the TransPacific Partnership at an event sponsored by the Brookings Institution.
             ●          Also Tuesday, the US-Egypt Business Council hosts Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour.
             ●          Thursday, the US International Trade Commission holds a public hearing on its investigation of Indian policies that discriminate against US trade and investment.
             ●          Friday, the Commerce Department’s environmental technologies trade advisory committee holds a teleconference meeting.

See you there!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

What We're Covering This Week......

This week the Senate is expected to pass the final version of the long-awaited farm bill, sending the measure on to the President for approval.
Here are some of the stories we’ll be following this week:
             ●          Monday, the Senate debates the farm bill and is expected to hold a cloture vote to limit further debate Monday evening.
             ●          Also Monday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies sponsors a program on linking US business with global infrastructure opportunities.  US Trade and Development Agency Director Leocadia Zak is the speaker.
             ●          USTR Michael Froman travels to Chile and Peru to discuss the status of the TransPacific Partnership negotiations.
             ●          On Tuesday, CSIS holds a program on export control reform with speakers including Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Caroline Atkinson and Assistant Commerce Secretary for Export Administration Kevin Wolf.
             ●          House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) talks trade at a program sponsored by Women in International Trade.
             ●          Iran sanctions will be a key topic at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the current negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program.  Witnesses include Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman.
             ●          Thursday, Women in International Trade and the American Bar Association sponsor a brown bag lunch program on US and European Union sanctions and implementation of the Iran Joint Action Plan.  Speakers including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Peter Harrell and Treasury Assistant Director for Foreign Assets Control Eytan Fisch.
             ●          On Friday, the National Cotton Council begins a three-day meeting.
             ●          The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a discussion on US-India relations.  Speakers include Satinder Lambah, special envoy in the Office of the Prime Minister of India.
See you there!