Trade Policy Leadership Seminar

A FALL FORUM 2007 PRE-CONFERENCE


Detailed Program Agenda (with Presenter Materials)

 

Biltmore Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona
November 27-28, 2007

Co-convened by the National Governors Association, State International Development Organizations, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Association of Attorneys General

Sponsored in part by: Canadian Consulates General of Los Angeles, Phoenix, & Tucson | Provincial Governments of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec | Procter & Gamble Company | Chevron Corporation | Pfizer | Wal-Mart | Association of American Railroads

Tuesday | Wednesday

All meetings will take place in the Biltmore Resort & Spa Phoenix unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 27, 2008

 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
 Main Foyer,
Conference Center

Registration

 8:00 am – 8:30 am
 McArthur 1

Welcome, Seminar Introduction, and Workplan

Presiding
Representative Phillip FRYE, North Carolina and Chair, Labor & Economic Development Committee, NCSL

Welcome
Armando BRAS, Director, International Trade & Investment, Department of Commerce, Arizona

 8:45 am – 9:45 am
 McArthur 1

Working Breakfast - Trade 101: What State Policymakers Need to Know
Over a light breakfast, experts will outline some of the basics state
officials need to know about international trade and reasons for state  policy-makers to be engaged on the issue.

Presiding
Representative Sheryl ALLEN, Utah and Past Chair, Economic
Development, Trade & Cultural Affairs Committee, NCSL

Speakers
Bob STUMBERG, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center,
District of Columbia

Kay WILKIE, Director for International Policy, New York State
Department of Economic Development and Chair, USTR Intergovern-
mental Policy Advisory Committee

 10:00 am - 11:30 am
 McArthur 1

Adjusting to Free Trade, Technology, and Mobile Capital
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program designed to help balance the 'winners' and 'losers' of free trade.  But globalization often is blamed for industrial and workforce shifts when technology and mobile capital may also be culprits.  TAA expired on September 30, 2007 and Congress is studying an ambitious proposal from Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus to retool the program.  This session will provide an update and look at TAA's role in the politics of free trade
and competitiveness.

Presiding
Representative Phillip FRYE, North Carolina and Chair, Labor &
Economic Development Committee, NCSL

Speakers

Paul PIQUADO, Executive Director, Office of Trade Policy,
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development,
District of Columbia

Howard ROSEN, Executive Director, Trade Adjustment Assistance
Coalition, District of Columbia
Adobe PDF Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation Comparison Chart
Adobe PDF Presentation

 

 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
 McArthur 2

Luncheon and Keynote Address
Hosted by Procter & Gamble

Presiding
Representative Sheryl ALLEN, Utah and Past Chair, Economic
Development, Trade & Cultural Affairs Committee, NCSL

Speaker:
Kent ENNIS, Deputy Director, Department of Commerce, Arizona
 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
 McArthur 1

Roundtable Follow-up
During this hour, participants will engage in a facilitated discussion on
the issues raised thus far and anticipated in the Trade Policy Leader-
ship Seminar.

Presiding
Jeremy D. MEADOWS, Senior Policy Director: Trade & Transportation, NCSL State-Federal Relations Division, District of Columbia

Facilitator
Peter RIGGS, Executive Director, Forum on Democracy & Trade, New York

 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
 McArthur 1

Playing by the Rules:  Consumer Protection and Product
Safety with Global Supply Chains
Recent headlines about tainted imports have raised many concerns
about consumer protection, product safety and enforcement of trade
and regulatory rules when complex global supply chains create  confusion about accountability.  This session will examine the role of
trade rules and domestic regulation, the roles of both federal and state governments in ensuring import and consumer safety in an era of globalized supply and demand, and the myriad enforcement challenges facing firms and government.

Presiding

Darcy RENFRO, Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Janet Napolitano,
Arizona

Speakers

Laura CALIGUIRI, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services, District of Columbia

Honorable Marc DANNR, Attorney General, Ohio
Scott MILLER, Director of National Government Relations, Procter & Gamble, District of Columbia 
Adobe PDF Presentation

 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
 McArthur 1

Building Trade and Institutional Capacity
State officials are particularly concerned about investor-state dispute
resolution mechanisms, such as NAFTA Chapter 11, that create private rights of action.  Companies and negotiators assert that such
mechanisms are needed to prevent insufficient or corrupt judicial
systems abroad from thwarting the negotiated objectives and oppor-
tunities of trade agreements.  Might institutional and anti-corruption
development assistance be another way of attacking the same
problem?  This session will define Trade Capacity Building, look at how
U.S. development assistance ties in with trade, and consider possible
state roles -- as providers and beneficiaries -- of such capacity
building assistance.

Presiding

Kathe FALLS, Director, International Trade, Department of
Economic Development, Georgia and Vice President, SIDO

Speakers
Curtis BENTLEY, Legislative Analyst, Office of Policy and Legal
Analysis, Maine

Thomas R. HARDY, Chief of Staff / Senior Advisor, U.S. Trade &
Development Agency, Virginia

William WAREN, Policy Director, Forum on Democracy & Trade,
District of Columbia

 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
 McArthur pre-function

Reception
Hosted by the Canadian Consulates General in cooperation with
the Provinces of
Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Presiding
Representative Steve CONWAY, Washington and Immediate Past
Chair, Labor & Economic Development Committee, NCSL

Speakers
Representatives of the Canadian Consulates General and
Provincial Governments

Wednesday, November 28, 2008
 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

 Main Foyer, Conference Center

Registration
 8:00 am - 9:45 pm
 McArthur 1

Working Breakfast
Reaping the Benefits of Trade
USTR's mission is to negotiate trade agreements that open new mar-
kets for American-made goods abroad.  How effective have recent
agreements been?  How can states help their companies, -particularly small- and medium-sized businesses, who are credited with most American innovation and job growth -- benefit from these trade deals?  What policies, programs, and funding streams – at the federal or state level -- work?

Presiding
Representative Steve CONWAY, Washington and Immediate Past
Chair, Labor & Economic Development Committee, NCSL

Speakers
Kathy HILL, Manager, International Office, Department of
Economic Development, Iowa and President, SIDO
Patrick KILBRIDE, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and
Public Liaison, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, District of
Columbia

Laki KONDYLAS, District Manager - Phoenix, Australian Trade
Commission, Arizona
Adobe PDF Presentation

John LICHTSINN, Contract Manager, Armor Works, Arizona

 10:00 am - 11:30 am
 McArthur 1

NAFTA and "Lessons Learned" on Labor and Environment
With over a decade of experience with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), all three participating nation’s have learned a few lessons about the agreements effects on labor and environmental issues.  Many of the investor-state disputes have focused on environmental concerns.  Presumably some of this experience factored into the recent “Bipartisan Trade Deal” between congressional Democrats and the U.S. Trade Representative.  This session will review some of these “lessons learned” and their impacts on states.

Presiding
Brian FARR, Assistant Attorney General, Utah

Speakers
Joe FREEDMAN, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, U.S.
Environment Protection Agency, District of Columbia
Adobe PDF Presentation

Albert LOUIE, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic
Development and Trade, Ontario Province
Adobe PDF Presentation

Mark W. SHUMAR, State Coordinator, International Brotherhood
of Teamsters, District of Columbia
Adobe PDF Presentation

 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
 McArthur 1

Working Lunch - NAFTA and the Security & Prosperity Partnership
Joint Session with NCSL Transportation Committee
An outgrowth of NAFTA, “the Security and Prosperity Partnership of
North America (SPP), launched by the leaders of Mexico, Canada and
the United States in March 2005, aims to promote growth and eco-
nomic opportunity, increase security, and improve the quality of life
of our peoples” (http://www.spp.gov/).  But what are the SPP’s specific goals?  How does it build on NAFTA?  How does it affect state infrastructure or regulatory regimes?  This session will try to define the SPP and look at implications for states.

Presiding
Representative Dan SILVA, New Mexico and Chair, Transportation Committee, NCSL

Speakers
Senator Randy BROGDON, Oklahoma

Dale FURNISH, Professor Emeritus, College of Law, Arizona State
University

Birgit MATTHIESEN, Commercial Officer (Market Access), Canadian
Embassy, District of Columbia

 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
 McArthur 1

NAFTA, Trucking, and Cross-Border Movement
Joint Session with NCSL Transportation Committee
NAFTA has increased the flow of goods across America’s northern
and southern borders, but efforts by the U.S. Department of Trans-
portation to implement changes to motor carrier limitations along
the Mexican border have evoked concerns on Capitol Hill and in
many states.  Other obstacles, such as the Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative, have arisen that threaten to impede the cross-
border flow of goods and people.  This session will provide an up-
date on some of these issues and highlight state legislative,
regulator, and economic development interests.

Presiding

Representative Linda HARPER-BROWN, Texas and Vice Chair,
Transportation Committee, NCSL

Speakers
Benoit CAYOUETTE, Head of Motor Freight Transportation Policies
Division, Transportation Ministry, Quebec
Adobe PDF Presentation

Lenor MONTEMAYOR, Assistant Director, Motor Vehicle Division,
Department of Transportation, Arizona
Adobe PDF Presentation

Mark W. SHUMAR, State Coordinator, International Brotherhood
of Teamsters, District of Columbia
Adobe PDF Presentation

Suzanne TE BEAU, Chief Counsel, Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, District
of Columbia

 

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