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USCIB Urges US Participation in WTO’s Procurement Agreement (2/18/2020) - USCIB joined over twenty industry associations in signing a letter to high-level government officials emphasizing the critical importance of continued U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). The letter was sent to United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer, Secretary of the Treasurer Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow.
USCIB Supports Event on Gender Equality in Sciences, Education (2/18/2020) - In celebration of the five years since the United Nations formally recognized the need to increase gender equality in the sciences to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Royal Academy of Sciences International Trust (RASIT), with co-sponsorship from USCIB and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), hosted the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly from February 11-12 at the UN headquarters in New York.
Lithuanian Business Delegation (ICC Lithuania) Visits USCIB (2/11/2020) - The Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK or ‘ICC Lithuania’) visited USCIB’s New York office on February 3 to meet with USCIB’s President and CEO Peter Robinson and other policy staff. LVK’s General Manager Andrius Nikitinas, Project Director Gabrielė Gaubienė and Senior Policy Advisor Ineta Rizgelė led the delegation of over twenty LVK member representatives.
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Press Releases

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.
USCIB Urges Resolution to Impasse Over Appellate Body at WTO (12/10/2019) - The U.S. Council for International Business believes the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in bringing together countries to reach much-needed agreements on global trade and enforcing them constitutes the cornerstone of our rules-based trading system.

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From the President

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.
Robinson Speaks at ILO Conference, ICC-UK (7/1/2019) - At high-level gatherings in Geneva and London, USCIB's president and CEO addressed new challenges of multilateralism.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

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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Member and Staff News

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). 
Digital Intern – New York Office (1/7/2020) - Position: Digital Intern – New York Office Organization: United States Council for International Business Reports to: Will directly support policy leads in sustainable development while working with a team of other members of the policy department. 35-40% of time will be dedicated towards our Communications and Marketing lead, assisting with database cleanup and refining the distribution strategy of USCIB’s marketing materials. […]
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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 Supports US–Singapore Joint Statement on Financial Services Connectivity (2/6/2020) - The U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) today voiced its support for the recent US-Singapore Joint Statement on Financial Services Data Connectivity.
USCIB Supports Respect for Arbitration Awards in U.S. GSP Program (2/3/2020) - USCIB went on the record at the January 30 Public Hearing of the USTR-led interagency Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Subcommittee, supporting respect for the GSP eligibility criteria, specifically the need for “respecting and enforcing international arbitral awards.”

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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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