International Trade: Policy and Practice Conference

Member Only Conference

International Trade: Policy and Practice

September 21-23, 2017

Washington D.C./Alexandria, Virginia


In Partnership with:

U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Administration


Presentation by Jean Janicke, Director of the office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis

Panel discussions and presentations by Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration and Office of U.S. Trade Representative experts


Invited presentations and participant discussion sessions


Thursday opening and Saturday presentations and participant discussions of required readings at the Westin Alexandria Hotel, Alexandria, VA

All day Friday at the Department of Commerce

Lodging and most meals provided

Thursday & Friday nights, September 21 and 22 – Double occupancy with another participant.

  • $150 conference fee plus $50 refundable deposit.
  • $160 for a single room (covers both nights).
  • Registration is limited to 40 participants – a waiting list will be kept.

Sample Agenda

Thursday September 21, 2017

4:30pm       Check-in and Registration at Westin Alexandria Hotel
5:30pm       Reception at Westin hotel
6:15pm        Dinner and Speaker Jean Janicke at Westin Hotel

Friday September 22, 2017

7:30am  Continental Breakfast at hotel

8:05        Bus to Herbert Hoover building; Department of Commerce

9:00        Department of Commerce, ITA and Office of US Trade Rep presentations

9:10 First session:  Encouraging and Enabling Trade

  • Pat Kirwan, Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat
  • Bill Fanjoy, Director of the Commercial Service U.S. Export Assistance Center in Northern Virginia

10:00  Break

10:20  Second session: Quantitative Analysis & Trade Policy

  • Julian Richards, Economist in the Office of Trade & Economic Analysis
  • Chris Blaha, Team Lead for Industry Competitiveness in the Office of Trade Negotiations & Analysis

11:10  Third session: Trade Data – How It’s Collected and How to Get It

  • Natalie Soroka, Economist in the Office of Trade & Economic Analysis (currently acting as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Trade Policy and Analysis)

12:00  Lunch

1:30  Fourth session: Assessing Trade Agreements – Past & Future

  • Katrice Kelly, Team Lead for Industry Negotiations in the Office of Trade Negotiations & Analysis

2:25 Fifth session: Beyond Tariffs – A Look at Non-Tariff Barriers

  • John Liuzzi, Director of Trade Agreements Negotiations & Compliance
  • Martin Johnson, Senior Economist in the Office of Intellectual Property Rights

3:10 Closing Remarks

3:15 Adjourn

Saturday September 23, 2017

7:30        Continental Breakfast

8:00        “It’s a Wonderful Loaf”  Debbie Henney

8:45          Break

9:00         Small group reading discussion

10:00      Break

10:10      Don Boudreaux Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center and Professor at George Mason University

.11:10      Break

11:20      Group Discussion on Walkaways or big ideas

12:00      Break

12:15      Lunch

Lunch presentation and recap

1:15        Adjourn