Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressing the NFTC Board of Directors. With her are President Bill Reinsch and Chairman Alan Wolff.
WTO Director General Robert Azevedo speaks to NFTC members at a special luncheon in honor of the NFTC Centennial
NFTC President Bill Reinsch (center) with (from L-R) John Healey, MP (Labour) and Ben Wallace MP (Conservative), along with Peter Chase of US Chamber and Simon Moore of CBI. Taken at the NFTC Centennial Conference, "Emerging Issues In Transatlantic Trade" last week in London.
NFTC President Bill Reinsch blows out the candles on the 100th birthday cake after the Transatlantic Trade conference in London.
The 2014 Advancing International Trade Award from the international trade educators’ group NASBITE International.
NFTC Vice President James Wilkinson accepting the 2014 Advancing International Trade award on behalf of the NFTC.
Ambassador Bill Brock delivers Keynote address at the NFTC 100th Birthday Reception, May 28, 2014
Master of Ceremonies Bill Lane, Caterpillar, NFTC 100th Birthday Reception, May 28, 2014
NFTC President Bill Reinsch accepts President’s E Star Award from Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt
GLOBAL TRADE AWARD presented to Bill Sheridan, Vice President International, Human Resources Services, NFTC by Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, NY District Export Council, WTW NYC Liaison.
NFTC Centennial World Trade Dinner - December 3rd, Mellon Auditorium, Washington DC
Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson addressing NFTC members on Innovation and Investment in Ireland.
NFTC President Bill Reinsch being interviewed by RTE Irish Television
“Return of the Celtic Tiger” panelists.
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Word From the President
September 2014

Earlier this month I delivered the closing speech to the 182nd annual convention of my fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. I thought you might be interested in what I'm thinking about these days, so the speech follows, minus some specific local references, which, unfortunately for you readers, were the funny parts

"…All my comments begin with community. We are all part of groups that are larger than us  family, school, job, religion, ethnic group, country, and, of course, fraternity. Those bonds can be strong or weak but they are bonds nonetheless, and they define us as human beings.
 
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This quotation is the opening line of James Macgregor Burns' seminal work, titled "Leadership." One is reminded of Burns and the subject he devoted much of his life to by the obituaries printed about him just a few weeks ago. It is a timely topic, certainly with various geopolitical crises dominating the headlines, and on a smaller but still very important stage, the world of trade negotiations. As to the former, Gaza and Ukraine is causing a look over the shoulder from the Administration despite its pivot to Asia, as well as key voices in the Republican opposition charging that there is a current lack of leadership from the White House.

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As NFTC turns 100, we thought it would be fun to look back at various milestones in our history, and the history of trade policy, to see how far we've come and to track themes of the past, which still resonate today and into the future.

September 25, 1986:  The Uruguay Round of GATT talks is launched in Punta del Este, Uruguay, with the goals of reducing agricultural subsidies, reducing investment restrictions, and opening trade in services. The Round culminated with the signing of the Marrakesh agreement in April 1994. The round yielded modest success in these 3 areas, but its greatest impact went far beyond its initial goals and transformed world trade. It created the World Trade Organization, which superseded the GATT as the international authority of the world trading system. GATT law remains the underpinning of the WTO legal frame-work.

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