WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Next Steps in Ratification and Implementation

October 7, 2015 | 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


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WFLS and The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia invite you to attend:

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Next Steps in Ratification and Implementation
Presented by: International Law Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Address: 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Metro Stop: Dupont Circle (Red)


Elizabeth Branson, Director for Trade and Development, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Virginia Brown, Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, U.S. Agency for International Development

Craig Clark, Acting Director for Textiles and Trade Agreements, Trade Policy and Programs Directorate, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Lynn Fischer Fox, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Negotiations, Enforcement and Compliance Division, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Amgad Shehata, Vice President, International Government Affairs, UPS

Jean-Rene Broussard, Of Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

The centerpiece of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Bali Package from December 2013 was the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the first new multilateral agreement in the WTO since its creation nearly 20 years ago. The TFA provisions intend to facilitate global trade by improving transparency, streamlining clearance procedures, and reducing red tape at the border.

The OECD estimates that for every one percent reduction in global trade costs, global incomes go up by $40 billion and that the TFA could reduce worldwide trade costs by between 12.5 and 17.5 percent. Twothirds of the WTO Membership must ratify the TFA before it is implemented, and the United States and WTO are encouraging ratification before the Tenth WTO Ministerial in December 2015.

Please join us for a dynamic discussion with key negotiators and policy makers on the next steps for finalization and implementation of this landmark WTO Agreement.

   Advance Registration:                         After 10/4/2015
WFLS Members* $10                                 $15
Non-members $20                                   $25


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