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Executive Roundtable: Pres. Obama’s Trade Agenda and the San Diego Economy

Date:  March 2, 2015
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  This is event is free and open to the public. However seating is limited, so registration is requested. Become a Member
Contact: Chandler Martin


William E. Craft Jr.What is the current state of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or “fast-track” authority?  How does the TPA relate to free trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)?  How will these trade agreements affect the competitive landscape for San Diego’s businesses?  

Please join us for a conversation on the President’s trade agenda and its impact on the San Diego economy, trade, job creation, and labor and environmental standards.   In this interactive roundtable, we will hear from one of the nation’s top trade officials, and members of the community are invited to weigh in on the implications of the TPP and T-TIP for their business.

Our guest is William E. Craft, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy & Programs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Trade Policy and Programs advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers through global, regional and bilateral trade initiatives - including free trade agreements (FTAs) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Development Agenda. In partnership with agencies across the federal government, Trade Policy and Programs professionals and staff work to maximize the benefits of open markets for global economic development, address and resolve trade disputes, strengthen intellectual property enforcement, and improve access for U.S. goods and services abroad.

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