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PCI Managing Partners Named Trade Advisors to the Global Business Dialogue

Ms. Hauser and Ms. Thornton serve as Trade Advisors to the Global Business Dialogue, an association for the global business community and people who care about trade and trade policy.

The principal task of GBD is to highlight perspectives on global trade and investment and on the issues and decisions that will shape commerce and the world’s business environment in the years ahead. 

GBD convenes approximately 25 meetings per year bringing together experts and practitioners for in-depth discussion of these important issues. 

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On September 10, 2014, Kathryn Hauser moderated a GBD event: Africa and American Trade Policy: An Update.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:30 to 10:00 a.m. (Registration from 8:00 a.m.)
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20045

The first U.S.- Africa's Leaders' Summit last month wasn't just another Washington meeting.  It was a symbol of the growing dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa, home to 10 of the world's 20 fastest growing countries.  It was also a recognition of just how much attention the rest of the world is now paying to Africa.  China, the EU, Japan -- they all have aggressive commercial policies in Africa that often undercut American competitiveness in the region. 

The backbone of U.S. trade policy in Africa is the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, which is up for renewal. (It expires on September 30, 2015).  On Wednesday, September 10, we will look at U.S. trade with Africa, the policy, the commerce, and the challenges.   We will do that with help from these experts:

Angela Ellard
House Committee on Ways and Means
Note to Press:
Ms. Ellard's comments will be off-the-record

Florizelle B. Liser
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and

Benjamin Todd
Export-Import Bank
of the United States

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