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USCIB and its global business network are the subject of regular coverage in major U.S. and world media. In addition, our members and staff author frequent op-eds, letters and columns in leading publications.

 

USCIB staff experts are available to speak on a wide variety of issues in international commerce and public policy. For more information, please contact Jonathan Huneke, VP Communications (+1 212.703.5043, jhuneke@uscib.org).

 

Click the links below to access recent articles featuring USCIB and our global network. Most links will take you outside of USCIB’s website. News websites may require registration or a paid subscription to view articles.

 

 

OECD Releases Responses On Measuring BEPS Impact

Tax-News.com - October 10, 2014

USCIB and BIAC comment on the release of a new report as part of the OECD’s project on base erosion and profit-shifting in tax policy.

 

BEPS, Broken Promises, and What the OECD Can Learn from the WTO About Dispute Settlement Procedures

Tax Management International Journal (via Bloomberg BNA) - October 9, 2014

An essay by David Ernick of PricewaterhouseCoopers looks at potential cross-border tax policy disputes in the wake of the OECD's BEPS project. USCIB comments to the OECD are cited.

 

U.S., Asia relationship focus of conference

Houston Chronicle - October 8, 2014

Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas launches an annual conference on improving U.S. relations with various regions of the world, with a focus this year on Asia. USCIB Vice Chairman Thomas Niles is quoted.

 

Trade deals: Toxic talks

Financial Times - October 6, 2014

Critics claim that international arbitration has morphed into a weapon that multinationals wield to threaten and influence governments. Former Congressman James Bacchus, chair of ICC's Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, is quoted in defense of strong investor dispute settlement provisions in trade agreements.

 

Washington resists Hockey’s tax crackdown on Silicon Valley giants

Australian Financial Review - October 6, 2014

The global tax plan being pursued by Australia as G20 president, to compel multinationals such as Google and Apple to contribute more revenue to government coffers, could be derailed by political resistance in the United States. USCIB Vice President Carol Doran Klein is quoted.

 

SA can help pull African arbitration from overseas hands

Independent (South Africa) - October 6, 2014

Speaking at an ICC conference in Johannesburg, former Kenyan high court judge Edward Torgbor says the parties in 99 percent of all African disputes are represented by lawyers based in the U.K., the U.S. and France.

 

Arbitration law urgently needed

The Nation (Thailand) - October 6, 2014

ICC Thailand said an arbitration law to facilitate settlement of disputes between Thai and foreign companies could help increase the confidence of foreign investors in the country.

 

OECD pilot shows challenges of common classifications

Chemical Watch - October 3, 2014

A new OECD report shows how difficult it is for assessors from different countries to achieve a common classification for a substance using the same information. BIAC participated in the preparation of the report.

 

Group says US is "doubling down" on controversial part of US-EU deal

DPA (Germany) - October 2, 2014

Opposing Sides On Investor Question Face Off At US-EU Trade Talks

Alliance News - October 2, 2014

Stakeholders Present Myriad Views To Negotiators of Transatlantic Trade Pact

Bloomberg BNA - October 1, 2014

As U.S. and EU negotiators meet again on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), USCIB Vice President Shaun Donnelly defends the inclusion of comprehensive investment protection provisions, including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), in the agreement.

 

The Politics and the Rewards of Global Trade

Asia Today International (Australia) - September 2014

USCIB Chairman Terry McGraw is interviewed on importance of continuing to push for greater openness to cross-border trade and investment. "Transformation of global trade has begun to bring far-reaching change to economies and companies," he says. "If we are misaligned, we are going to miss out."

 

Joe Hockey and the G20 headed for promise fatigue

The Conversation (Australia) - September 28, 2014

A report on Australia’s preparations for the G20 Summit in Brisbane notes a new IOE-BIAC report tracking G20 governments’ progress on labor market reforms.

 

World Business Group to Meet With Indian Leader to Push Trade Facilitation Agreement

Bloomberg BNA - September 18, 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce plans to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modilater to push for a revival of the recently derailed Trade Facilitation Agreement talks, according to ICC Chairman Terry McGraw.

 

Congressional, Business Leaders Cheer Talks on Environmental Goods Agreement

Bloomberg BNA - September 17, 2014

At an event convened by USCIB, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman joined members of Congress and representatives of green technology companies on Capitol Hill to voice support for an Environmental Goods Agreement being negotiated at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

 

Internet governance: Time for Asean to step up

Digital News Asia - September 11, 2014

In an interview, Joseph Alhadeff of Oracle Corp., chair of ICC’s Digital Economy Commission, says issues of Internet governance and protocols have a direct impact on local development, but that cracks are appearing at the Internet Governance Forum.

 

Cities Compete to Be the Arena for Global Legal Disputes

The New York Times - September 11, 2014

Lawyers in cities like Miami and New York are competing with established arbitration centers in a bid to attract more cross-border dispute resolutions. ICC’s International Court of Arbitration® and its newly expanded North American arbitration center are cited.

 

Automation threatens job growth: B20 panel

The Daily Telegraph (Australia) - September 10, 2014

Increasing levels of workplace automation are a threat to job growth, but advances in robotics and other technological changes should not be seen as negative, a B20 roundtable has warned. BIAC Chairman Phil O'Reilly is quoted.

 

India revamps intellectual property policy in face of western anger

Financial Times - September 8, 2014

The new administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promising to beef up India’s intellectual property rights system. ICC figures on the scope of the global counterfeiting problem are cited.

 

Back to the Table on Trade

The New York Times - August 12, 2014

ICC Chairman Terry McGraw and ICC Secretary General John Danilovich urge WTO negotiators to take the recent setback on a trade facilitation deal on the chin and get back to the negotiating table without delay.

 

Indian objections sink WTO deal

Financial Times - July 31, 2014

Letter: WTO: an eminent persons group deserves support

Financial Times - August 6, 2014

Efforts to salvage a landmark World Trade Organization deal collapsed after India refused to drop its objections, plunging the body back into a crisis of credibility.ICC Secretary General John Danilovich is quoted urging the parties to return to the negotiating table.

 

Kaine, Warner introduce bill to re-authorize Export-Import Bank

Augusta Free Press (Waynesboro, VA) - July 31, 2014

Manchin backs Export-Import Bank bill

Charleston (WV) Daily Mail - August 1, 2014

U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and Joe Manchin were among the sponsors of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on September 30. USCIB is cited as supporting the move.

 

Business presses India to drop objections to trade deal

Financial Times - July 29, 2014

Letter: Let statesmanship prevail in Geneva

Financial Times - July 29, 2014

Business groups have called on India to drop its objections to an international deal to ease the flow of goods through national borders, after the country’s new government threatened to block a provision needed to implement the agreement. ICC Chairman Terry McGraw and ICC Secretary General John Danilovich issue an urgent appeal to negotiators to complete the implementation of the agreement.

 

IMB Worried About Small Tanker Hijacks

The Maritime Executive – July 24, 2014

The latest global maritime piracy survey from ICC’s International Maritime Bureau raises concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks.

 

A New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva

Huffington Post - July 9, 2014

EU Drops Insistence For 'Green Goods' Talks To Address Services, NTBs

Inside U.S.-China Trade - July 16, 2014

The European Union removed a major potential roadblock to the new plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement initiative when it yielded its demand that the talks encompass services and non-tariff barriers. USCIB is cited as one of the associations pushing for the agreement.

 

The Other Mothers-In-Law

Legal BisNow - July 3, 2014

What does it take as a woman to advance in the legal industry – and why do so many opt out? Baker & McKenzie brought together five highly accomplished panelists, including USCIB Vice President Carol Doran Klein, to discuss those issues at its 2014 Women's Legal Counsel Forum.

 

Rivals assess benefit of clearing BNP’s dollar transactions

Financial Times - July 2, 2014

Shutdown of Correspondent Accounts Prevalent in 2013

The Wall Street Journal - July 2, 2014

Banking Group Suggests Anti-Money Laundering Regulation Will Stymie Trade

International Business Times - June 19, 2014

Against the backdrop of punitive measures against BNP Paribas for breaking US sanctions, banks surveyed by ICC say they closed correspondent account relationships during 2013 because of stringent anti-money-laundering rules.

 

Did the OECD Misinterpret the CbC Reporting Mandate?

Tax Analysts - June 23, 2014

The country-by-country reporting template in the OECD base erosion and profit-shifting project should not be included, according to members of the business community and nongovernmental organizations. USCIB's Carol Doran Klein is quoted.

 

People: Eva Hampl

National Journal – June 21, 2014

Eva Hampl, USCIB’s new director of investment, trade and financial services, is profiled.

 

US business criticises Australia’s ‘opaque’ foreign investment approval process

Australian Financial Review - June 10, 2014

USCIB says Australia’s foreign investment approval process is “opaque”, after a key Australian official concedes that politics influenced the government’s rejection of a major proposed takeover by ADM in the sensitive farming sector.

 

USCIB tax conference coverage:

GOP Lawmakers Caution OECD Tax Plan Could Harm U.S.

The Wall Street Journal - June 3, 2014

USCIB's Klein: No More Columns Likely To Be Removed From Reporting Template

Bloomberg BNA - June 6, 2014

Data 'dance' seen as challenge to world corporate tax crackdown

Reuters - June 3, 2014

Developing Countries Not Ready to Enforce Global Tax Evasion Rules

Forbes.com - June 3, 2014

US companies warn on foreign tax threat

Financial Times - June 2, 2014

Video: OECD tax chief talks global tax rules

Politico.com - June 2, 2014

U.S. corporate lobbying up on OECD anti-tax dodging push

Reuters - May 30, 2014

 

 

The 2014 OECD International Tax Conference, the ninth in a series of annual gatherings jointly organized by USCIB, BIAC and the OECD, was the scene of timely discussion of the OECD/G20 project to curtail “base erosion and profit shifting” (BEPS and related global tax topics).

 

Kamran elected member of ILO governing body

Financial Express (Bangladesh) - June 8, 2014

Kamran Rahman, former president of Bangladesh Employers' Federation has been elected as a member of the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization (ILO). He was also elected Asia-Pacific regional vice president of the International Organization of Employers (IOE).

 

Make Money, End Poverty

Foreign Policy - June 6, 2014

Corporations really could make the world a better place – if only the U.N. and state governments would treat them as equal partners. USCIB's Norine Kennedy is quoted.

 

New CBP chief creates new opportunities

American Shipper - June 2014

In his regular column, Jerry Cook of HanesBrands, chair of USCIB’s Customs Committee, says new U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske’s experience and expertise will play an integral role in furthering the goal of simultaneously securing the border and expediting the at-the-border trade process, vital to exports and imports.

 

Trade Advocates Eye Kerlikowske With Hope

Journal of Commerce - May 28, 2014

Gil Kerlikowske, the newly appointed commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has little experience in international affairs. Nevertheless, business groups are pleased with his appointment. USCIB's Kristin Isabelli and Rob Mulligan are quoted.

 

Is 'insourcing' enough to boost the U.S. economy?

Marketplace - May 24, 2014

As the White House touts its record on "insourcing" – companies making investments and expanding in the U.S. – USCIB’s Shaun Donnelly wonders why the Obama administration neglects outbound investment and its positive impact on U.S. exports and jobs.

 

Environmental, Business Groups At Odds Over Green Goods Initiative

Inside U.S. Trade - May 28, 2014

Environmental and business associations are advocating different approaches to an initiative aimed at liberalizing trade in environmental goods, with business groups advocating for tariff elimination on products that go beyond the initial Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) list. USCIB's Norine Kennedy is quoted.

 

'Stakeholders' sound off to U.S., EU negotiators

PoliticoPro - May 21, 2014

Kontroverse über Freihandelsabkommen

Die Welt (Germany) - May 22, 2014

Negli Stati Uniti entrano nel vivo i negoziati per il TTIP

Euronews - May 21, 2014

Investor protection hot issue at US-EU trade talks

DPA (Germany) - May 21, 2014

As the latest round of transatlantic trade and investment talks got underway outside Washington, D.C., tempers flared over the issue of investor-state dispute resolution. USCIB’s Shaun Donnelly is quoted.

 

Premier Li Stresses Fairness in Business

Xinhua (China) - May 16, 2014

Exclusive: Int'l Chamber of Commerce eyes quality growth in China

CCTV (China) - May 13, 2014

On the occasion of an ICC regional meeting in Beijing, USCIB and ICC Chairman Terry McGraw meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and is interviewed on Chinese television on China’s role in the global economy and ICC’s priorities in promoting cross-border trade and investment.

 

USCIB's Klein: No More Columns Likely To Be Removed From Reporting Template

BNA Transfer Pricing Report - May 9, 2014

It is unlikely the OECD will delete more columns from its proposed country-by-country reporting template. “What I have heard from the OECD is that [the template] isn't likely to get any shorter,” said Carol Doran Klein, vice president and international tax counsel with USCIB.

 

ICC calls on online advertisers to step up

SMEweb (UK) - May 9, 2014

ICC has called for companies involved in digital advertising to collaborate on safeguards to prevent or reduce advertisement misplacement on websites which promote or facilitate illegal activity.

 

Piracy: Lowest First Quarter Figures Since 2007

Maritime Executive - April 24, 2014

The ICC’s International Maritime Bureau IIMB) has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest first-quarter level since 2007, but warns that the threat is still present.

 

Business attacks international tax swoop on tech groups

Financial Times - April 23, 2014

Business groups have hit back at moves to pile heavier corporate taxes on to digital companies, arguing that governments risk interfering with “one of the great economic success stories of the past 20 years.” USCIB’s Carol Doran Klein is quoted.

 

 





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