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Standing Panel on International Affairs

National Academy of Public Administration
1600 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC,

Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:00am - 12:00pm

Topic: National Trade Policies & International Competitiveness -- Public Administration Challenges

Guest Speaker: Commissioner Irving A. Williamson, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) puts new burdens on the trade policy decision-making process of member countries as governments have had to perform many specialized tasks to comply with their WTO obligations or to use the WTO to remove foreign trade barriers.  The new requirements imposed by the WTO can often only successfully be met and the opportunities created by the WTO can only be successfully realized if governments have good policy coordination mechanisms.  Good policy coordination mechanisms are equally important in addressing non-WTO related trade policy issues.Commissioner Williamson will address these issues at the upcoming meeting of the Standing Panel on International Affairs.

Learn more about Commissioner Williamson.

Logistics:  We will meet on Friday, 24 August at 10:00am until 12:00pm. A light lunch will be available at 11:30am. The Panel will break at approximately 10:55 to 11:05 to accommodate a brief conference call in which Commissioner Williamson will participate in the performance of his official duties with the Trade Commission. We will meet at NAPA’s offices, 1600 K Street, NW, on the 4th Floor.  Please note the entrance is on 16th St.

If you wish to attend remotely via the videoconferencing/call-in client Zoom, please email Elijah Evans, eevans@napawash.org, at least 24 hours in advance of the session for a web meeting connection link.

For all who attend or call in, this meeting should be an exciting, contemporary and relevant conversation on the need for governments to have good policy coordination mechanisms. Please join us and share your thoughts.

Arnold Fields, Chair

Standing Panel on International Affairs

Member, NAPA Board of Directors