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U.S. Trade Policy Update With Deputy U.S. Trade Representative John Veroneau
HONOLULU (Oct. 8) – Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador John K. Veroneau will offer an update on U.S. trade policy at a breakfast briefing on Wed., Oct. 15, at the East-West Center’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall, 1777 East-West Road).

Cost for the event is $14. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the breakfast program commencing at 8:30. Reservations are requested by Tues., Oct. 14. To make a reservation, contact (808) 944-7111, or [email protected] .  For media coverage of the event, please contact Derek Ferrar at (808) 944-7204 or via email [email protected] .

The vast Asia Pacific region accounts for almost half of all global trade and includes growing markets totaling 41 percent of the world’s population. The region also accounts for nearly 60 percent of the world GDP. With these facts setting the stage, Ambassador Veroneau will provide an update on overall U.S. trade policy as well as recent developments regarding the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) – a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement concluded by Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore as a vehicle for advancing Pacific economic integration.

Ambassador Veroneau has served as Deputy USTR since September 2006 and has a broad portfolio, including trade relations with Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, and the Americas, as well as matters involving the World Trade Organization. He also oversees USTR’s functional offices handling intellectual property, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and market access.

The event is sponsored by the East-West Center, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Hawai‘i Export Assistance Center.

Limited parking is available on the grass area between Imin Center and Lincoln Hall. The cost of parking is $3, payable at the guard kiosk on East-West Road.

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The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.