CITU National


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

NEXT CITU: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Featured Headlines


Interview with Consuls General of Australia: Ambassador Jane Duke in Los Angeles; and Consul General Nick Nichles in San Francisco – Shared Values Underpin Enduring Mateship Producing Jobs, Prosperity for Both Partners
CalChamber, November 17, 2020

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

RCEP: Asia-Pacific Countries Form World’s Largest Trading Bloc
BBC, November 16, 2020

Asia-Pacific Countries Push to Sign China-Backed Trade Megadeal
The Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2020

China and 14 Asian Nations to Sign World’s Biggest Free-Trade Deal
American Journal of Transportation, November 12, 2020

World’s Biggest Free-Trade Deal Set to Be Signed This Weekend
Bloomberg, November 11, 2020

Trade Policy

From the White House

Joint Statement on Human Capital Development at the 8th ASEAN-U.S. Summit
November 13, 2020

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Departments of Labor, Commerce and Education Sign Six Party Joint Declaration of Intent with Germany
November 12, 2020

From the U.S. Department of State

The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan and Announces New Assistance to Respond to the Nagorno-Karabakh Humanitarian Emergency
November 17, 2020

United States and United Kingdom Sign Civil Air Transport Agreement
November 17, 2020

Strengthening Transatlantic Ties with Georgia
November 17, 2020

Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative
November 14, 2020

Release of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy-Republic of Korea New Southern Policy Joint Fact Sheet
November 13, 2020

The United States of America and The Republic of Korea on Working Together to Promote Cooperation between the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the New Southern Policy
November 13, 2020

U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP): Sharing Expertise Between Cities to Benefit the People of ASEAN
November 13, 2020

United States and ASEAN: A Billion Futures Across the Indo-Pacific
November 13, 2020

The United States and France: Allies, Partners, Friends
November 13, 2020

U.S. Support for Digital Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean
November 10, 2020

Joint Statement on the Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange
November 10, 2020

From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises, 2018
November 13, 2020

From the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

On Veterans Day, EXIM Chairman Reed Highlights EXIM Support for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
November 11, 2020

On Veterans Day 2020, Chairman Reed Announces EXIM Partnership with Department of Defense’s SkillBridge Program to Give U.S. Military Service Members Additional Job Experiences for Post-Military Careers
November 11, 2020

From the World Trade Organization

WTO Marks its 25th Anniversary
November 17, 2020

New Initiatives Launched to Intensify WTO Work on Trade and the Environment
November 17, 2020

High-Level Event Underscores Trade and Environment Links for Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery
November 16, 2020

DDG Agah Urges APEC Ministers to Help WTO Deliver Results
November 16, 2020

Trade and Environment Week to Debate Key Issues, Showcase Examples of Sustainable Trade
November 12, 2020

Trade Agreements

Africa Free Trade Bloc Seeking “Innovative” Ways to Launch on Jan. 1
NASDAQ, November 17, 2020

UK and US Sign Aviation Agreement to Protect Vital Travel Links
UK Department for Transport, November 17, 2020

BRICS Summit to Discuss Trade, Cooperation: S. African Presidency
XinhuaNet, November 17, 2020

Kenyan Manufacturers to Increase Production to Tap into Africa’s Free Trade Deal
XinhuaNet, November 16, 2020

EU, UK Enter Tension-Filled Week Seeking Post-Brexit Deal
AP, November 16, 2020

Taiwan Talks Up Trans-Pacific Trade Pact After Exclusion From New Deal
Reuters, November 5, 2020

Ghana Loses Faith on UK Trade Deal
The Telegraph, November 15, 2020

Johnson Dream of a U.K.-U.S. Trade Deal Hits Biden Reality Check
Bloomberg, November 13, 2020

The UK–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement Could Be a Strategic Surprise
East Asia Forum, November 12, 2020

Trudeau Says He Expects Trade Deal with U.K. Can Be Done Before 2021
CBC, November 11, 2020

Malaysia Sets Preconditions for Resumption of TPP Talks
Vietnam Plus, November 11, 2020


U.S. Exporters Coming Up Empty in Scramble for Outbound Containers
The Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2020

Trump National Security Adviser to Lead US Delegation for Southeast Asia Summit
The Hill, November 14, 2020

U.S. Dairy Producers Push Washington to Find Better Trade Terms
Bloomberg, November 13, 2020

USMCA Makes Working Class Americans Integral to Future US Trade Policy
PLANT, November 13, 2020

Opinion: Congress Has a Duty to Enforce Foreign Trade Deals
The Detroit News, November 12, 2020

More International Articles


U.S. Crop Prices Are Rising, and China Is Buying
The Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2020

China’s Strengthening Recovery Cements Status as Global Outlier
Bloomberg, November 16, 2020

Why China is Creating a New Asia-Pacific Trade Pact
American Journal of Transportation, November 15, 2020

Australia Hopes Asia-Pacific Trade Deal Will Improve Ties with China – Report
Reuters, November 14, 2020

China Working to Expand Ties with Latin America
Asia Times, November 12, 2020

Biden Will look to Reset US-China Relations, but He Won’t Back Off or Revert to the Pre-Trump Status Quo
South China Morning Post, November 12, 2020

Argentina Meat Industry Plans Investments to Increase Exports 33% in Three Years
MercoPress, November 17, 2020

Oil Rises on Latest Vaccine Breakthrough, China Demand Recovery
American Journal of Transportation, November 16, 2020

Macron Says EU Can’t Go Back to Relying on U.S. Under Biden
American Journal of Transportation, November 16, 2020

Surprise Cargo Surge Could Surpass Last Year’s Holiday Period
American Journal of Transportation, November 16, 2020

Global Food Supplies Weather Coronavirus Pandemic
The Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2020

Mexico’s Top Trade Negotiator Says Returning to Private Sector
Agriculture, November 11, 2020

US-Mexico Partnership Will Get More Prickly
American Journal of Transportation, November 12, 2020

Drone Taxi Flies Over Seoul in First Test Flight
The Korea Herald, November 11, 2020

Colombia Hopes to Maintain U.S. Investment Under New Administration
Reuters, November 11, 2020

International Events

California Edition

California – Netherlands Circular Economy Roundtable Opportunities for Circular Urban Development in California
Dec 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

During this roundtable, learn from some of the pioneers leading the way in California and the Netherlands as part of the public-private partnership on circular urban development. This partnership will be launched during the event.


More information:

California Global Connect: Opportunity to Become Part of Bahrain’s Defense & Civil Aviation Modernization Program
Dec 7 @ 7:16 pm – Dec 10 @ 8:16 pm

Bahrain is a compact country that “punches above its weight” on the global stage.
Strategically located in the Middle East, it has unique defense challenges for which it has
historically chosen US equipment to overcome. In addition, it has always served as a key
regional trading hub and plans to continue in this role through a massive expansion of its air transit and air cargo capabilities.

Virtual Taiwan Hardware Online Biz Meeting
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 9 @ 1:00 am

Taiwan Hardware Online Biz Meeting  including the selective industries of hand tools, fasteners, locks, sanitary ware, building material and DIY products, garden and outdoor products, safety products and other metal parts.

For more information and a schedule, please click here.

Webinar: USMCA – The Near-Shoring and Re-Shoring Solution
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

On July 1, 2020, the United States, Mexico, and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA.   This new free trade agreement contains enhancements and modernized approaches to rules of origin, agricultural market access, intellectual property, digital trade, financial services, labor, and numerous other sectors.  Furthermore, USMCA is the essential near-shoring/re-shoring trade mechanism to secure your supply chain and cut your resupply time.  

Do you know how USMCA affects your business? NADEC has partnered with the Arkansas District Export Council to help you gain a broader understanding of the new provisions in this webinar featuring these prominent experts: Ernesto Pinal, Global Business Expansion Consultant, Alejandro Rojas, Trade and Business Development Analyst, MSquare Consultores, Querétaro, Mexico, Dina Santos, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner for Mexico, and Rudy Ortiz, Chairman of the Arkansas District Export Council.

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm CST.
WIT-LA Virtual 2020 Global Trade Awards
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Announcing Keynote Speakers

Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations

The Honorable Ana M. Guevara was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) in January 2019. She oversees approximately 275 trade professionals based in more than 100 U.S. cities, focused on assisting U.S. businesses to export their goods and services to foreign markets.   View Bio(pdf)


CEO of Empowering a Billion Women

Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) has been named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 Global Leaders, ranked #1 “Super Connector” by Fast Company, and is the recipient of the Forbes & Northwestern Mutual Global “Entrepreneur in Excellence Award”. She has spoken in 30+ countries over the last 5 years on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, finance and women’s empowerment. View Bio(pdf)


More International Events


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