Briefing on the Future of Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Policies

Date: 9/25/08

The National Foreign Trade Council and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP cordially invite you to attend an informative briefing on the future of trade promotion authority and trade policies for the next Administration and Congress.
Panelists will share the results of a recent report on trade promotion authority developed by the National Foreign Trade Council.  The Council has developed draft trade negotiating authority legislation to contribute a fresh perspective to the continuing debate on negotiating authority.
The report reflects the thinking of a broad cross-section of U.S. businesses who have a stake in the global trading system.  This event is an opportunity to initiate a productive dialogue regarding the directions of American trade policy for the future.
Proposals include:
  • Moving toward a “two-track” system within the WTO.
  • Tougher enforcement of the “substantially all trade” requirement for FTAs.
  • Focusing bilateral FTAs on countries that would provide the greatest economic benefit.
  • Promoting harmonization of the rules in the various bilateral and regional agreements.
Bill Reinsch, President, National Foreign Trade Council
Mr. Reinsch served as the Under Secretary for Export Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he administered and enforced the export control policies and anti-boycott laws of the U.S. government and monitored the condition of the nation”s defense industrial base.
Grant Aldonas, Principal Managing Director, Splitrock International
Prior to joining Splitrock International, Mr. Aldonas served in the Bush administration as the Commerce Department’s Under Secretary for International Trade and was Chief International Trade Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee Republican Staff.

Greg Mastel, Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 
Mr. Mastel is a former Chief Economist and Chief International Trade Advisor to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Staff from 2000-2003.  He has worked extensively on issues involving trade promotion authority.

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Briefing: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
1900 K Street, NW
Washington, DC  20006

The format includes a question and answer period following the briefing.

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