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
The 2014 Advancing International Trade Award from the international trade educators’ group NASBITE International.
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.
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.
Bill Reinsch, NFTC President; Alan Wolff, Chairman NFTC; Ambassador of Sweden, Bjorn Lyrvall; and Norm Bafunno, Toyota USA
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Word From the President
November 2014

I generally do not write in these pages about China, even though I have spent a good part of my professional and academic life studying it. The reason, in a nutshell, is that I serve on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and I want to avoid confusion about which hat I am hearing when I talk about China. Recently, however, I participated in a panel on China at the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) annual meeting, and I thought I'd share some of my comments at that event with you.
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I last wrote to you in these pages about the quality of leadership. Today, I would have us focus on leaders in terms of the priority that they give to trade agreements. What gave rise to this thought was the recent headline in Inside U.S. Trade, "Reid Makes No Mention of Trade Bills In Outlining Senate Lame Duck Agenda." Well, no surprise there. Actually the same could fairly be said for Boehner, Pelosi and McConnell.

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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.

December 14, 1960: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Convention is signed by the US, Canada, and European nations, replacing the old Organization for European Economic Cooperation. The OECD is a high-level forum which considers a broad range of topics to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability, and ensures that environmental implications are considered. Now with 34 member countries worldwide, the OECD meets regularly to identify and analyze problems, then promote policies to address them. Today, the NFTC is heavily engaged with the OECD Base Erosion/Profit Shifting (BEPS) project to ensure fair and objectively administrable outcomes and to avoid unintended adverse tax consequences for multinational corporations.


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