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IOE Hosts Digital Conference of COVID Impact on Global Trade, Supply Chains, Employment (4/9/2020) - The International Organization of Employers' (IOE) hosted a digital conference on the impact of COVID-19 on global trade, supply chains and employment on April 8. The digital conference addressed the “pause button” placed on the global economy in efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and endeavored to answer questions such as: whether trade activities will return to normal, how many jobs will be lost, whether companies can continue producing and whether global production chains will be revamped after the crisis. 
G20 Trade Ministers Release Statement on COVID-19 (4/2/2020) - The G20 Trade Ministers met virtually on March 30 amid the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss stepping up cooperation and coordination to protect human life and lay the foundations for a strong economic recovery and a sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth after the crisis. Following the meeting, the Trade Ministers posted a statement.
USCIB Concerned Over Draft “Buy American” Executive Order (4/2/2020) - USCIB joined a broad group of national trade associations, as well as state and local organizations, to send a letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Steven T. Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Wilbur Ross and the National Economic Council’s Lawrence Kudlow expressing concern over the Administration’s draft “Buy American” executive order.
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Press Releases

USCIB Calls for a Moonshot Mindset in the Business and Government Response to COVID-19 Virus (3/12/2020) - USCIB and Business Partners for Sustainable Development (BPSD) today called for a cooperative, unified, business and government response to the global threat that is the COVID-19 Virus, on par with the challenges of the Space Race of the last century.
USCIB Commends Phase 1 China Deal, Urges Further Negotiations (1/15/2020) - China continues to be an important market for U.S. business, and we recognize the progress on food and agricultural export opportunities in this agreement. It also addresses issues related to resolving intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer, which negatively affect the global competitiveness of our companies, but more remains to be done to ensure American companies are afforded a level playing field in China.
USCIB Welcomes Bipartisan Breakthrough on USMCA (12/11/2019) - USCIB issued a statement on the announcement on December 10 of a bipartisan deal between the Trump administration and the House of Representatives leadership to move the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade agreement, updating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to expeditious enactment.

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From the President

Business Continuity During COVID-19 (3/18/2020) - Visit the following pages for more information:
USCIB Adopts Carbon Offset Program for Employee International Travel (1/31/2020) - This initiative reflects USCIB’s continuous engagement in international climate policy deliberations supporting U.S. private sector engagement and solutions towards GHG emissions reduction, adaptation and resilience, and its recognition of its global carbon footprint.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

COVID-19 Press Releases, News Releases & Op-Ed’s (3/23/2020) - Earlier this month, nearly 500 experts in public health, law, and human rights wrote an open letter to U.S Vice President Mike Pence to act swiftly, fairly, and effectively warning that “the COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented in recent American history, and there is no playbook for an epidemiological event of this scope and magnitude.” Yet, just weeks later, we all are living with unprecedented turmoil from this novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
ICC UK’s Chris Southworth Discusses Brexit Burdens in FT Letter (2/19/2019) - The head of the International Chambers of Commerce UK office Chris Southworth published a letter in FT on February 8 on affects of Brexit on smaller UK traders. 

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Member and Staff News

USCIB’s Donnelly Retires; Will Take on a Consulting Role  (4/1/2020) - Vice President for Investment Policy and Financial Services Shaun Donnelly is retiring April 3 after eight and half years at USCIB.
USCIB Welcomes New Vice-Chair of Anti-Illicit Trade Committee (1/27/2020) - Director of Customs and Regulatory Affairs for DHL in the Americas Region Fernando Peña has been appointed vice-chair of USCIB’s Anti-Illicit Trade Committee (AITC). 
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Media Coverage

ICC UK’s Chris Southworth Discusses Brexit Burdens in FT Letter (2/19/2019) - The head of the International Chambers of Commerce UK office Chris Southworth published a letter in FT on February 8 on affects of Brexit on smaller UK traders. 
In Op-ed, Robinson Stresses Business’s Critical Role in WTO Modernization (2/6/2019) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson has appealed for a strong business role in efforts to modernize the global trade body.

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Positions and Statements

USCIB Congratulates Daren Tang on New Role as WIPO Director General (3/5/2020) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) congratulates Daren Tang, Singapore’s chief executive of intellectual property, on his election to the post of director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Coronavirus Impact on ATA Carnet (2/27/2020) - USCIB, as the national guaranteeing and issuing association in the U.S. for ATA Carnets, along with our service providers, Boomerang Carnets and Roanoke, have been watching with concern reports of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact to ATA Carnet holders and the business community at large.

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Big Ideas

Private Sector Led Active Role at FAO Meetings on Food Security (10/22/2019) - USCIB and its members participated in the bilateral meetings at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 46th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) the week of October 14 in Rome to discuss the private sector’s commitment to ending hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity for all.
Post-Brexit Trade: An Opportunity to Set New Standards (3/12/2018) - As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the country is at a crossroads. To deliver success means delivering trade deals fast, and the only way to do that is to be more innovative, explains Chris Southworth, the secretary general of ICC United Kingdom.

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