World Trade Week International Trade Drives the New YorkArea Economy

StatueNew York, N.Y., May 2, 2008 – As New York-area organizations prepare to mark World Trade Week beginning Monday, May 19, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) is once again playing a leading role in this annual celebration of international trade’s contributions to the region’s economic success.

World Trade Week is a national celebration marked in many U.S. cities. This year, the Tristate-area trade community will celebrate World Trade Week with a full agenda of conferences, educational seminars, global business networking events and an awards breakfast recognizing exemplary contributions in the field.

USCIB is organizing or co-sponsoring a wide range of area events, including the following:

  • The kickoff awards breakfast on Monday, May 19, which will feature remarks by U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney and the presentation of awards to several distinguished individuals. USCIB Vice Chair Thomas Niles will be among the award presenters.
  • A day-long conference on Wednesday, May 21 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey on “Understanding the European Union,” organized by the New Jersey World Trade Council, at which Amb. Fernando M. Valenzuela, head of delegation for the European Commission in New York, will be the keynote speaker.
  • A morning conference on Tuesday, May 20 at the New York Hilton, “Gateway to International Trade,” at which Seth W. Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, will deliver keynotes remarks.

“All told, this will be the most impressive World Trade Week in recent memory,” according to Cynthia Duncan, USCIB’s senior vice president for Carnet operations and a lead organizer of World Trade Week NYC 2008. “Thanks to the large number of groups organizing programs, the quality of educational and training opportunities will be very high. This year’s World Trade Week events are not to be missed.”

More information on World Trade Week NYC, including a complete roster of events, is available at

USCIB promotes an open system of world commerce. As American affiliate of the leading international business and employers organizations, it provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide. USCIB facilitates international trade by issuing and guaranteeing ATA Carnets, by promoting international cooperation in such areas as customs policies and commercial dispute resolution, and through its ICC Books USA unit, which publishes a variety of publications on to international trade and investment.


Jonathan Huneke, USCIB

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