“Without question, 2005 will be a landmark year for international trade and investment issues. From ensuring progress in the Doha Round, to expanding trade and engagement in the Middle East, to reforming
“Through broad-based advocacy with policy makers and opinion leaders, technical expertise, and forums with leaders in government and the private sector, NFTC will play a key role in advancing public policies that foster an open international trade and investment regime,” added Reinsch.
Through its Trade and Investment Agenda, NFTC and its partner organization
– Doha Round of WTO Negotiations – NFTC will provide a broad-based U.S. business voice and leadership for an ambitious outcome to the negotiations by co-chairing the Doha Round Working Group of 20 major U.S. companies, leading delegations to Geneva and the Hong Kong Ministerial and through position papers on key issues, including GATS Mode 4 and tariff and regulatory transparency.
– Bilateral and Regional Free Trade Agreements – NFTC will continue to support high quality trade agreements throughout the world, particularly in the
– Visa Policy –
– Sanctions Reform – USA*Engage will continue to be the leading organization opposing unilateral sanctions and will work to increase understanding of their ineffectiveness as a foreign policy tool by recruiting co-sponsors and lobbying for the passage of the Sanctions Policy Reform Act (S. 270). In addition,
– Alien Tort Statute – USA*Engage will play a leadership role in business efforts to combat the growing number of alien tort lawsuits by working with other trade associations and companies to present the costs of the lawsuits to the economy to the Executive Branch and the courts through amicus curie briefs.
– International Tax – NFTC will continue to support the ratification of international tax treaties and through Tax Committee Meetings and Tax Lunch Forums, will work with leaders in government and the private sector on key international tax issues.
“This is an ambitious agenda that will keep
NFTC’s Trade and Investment Agenda is available in its entirety on the NFTC website (www.nftc.org).
The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in