WIIT Weekly | Week of December 18, 2019
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Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday and a 
very Happy New Year from all of us here at WIIT!

January 29, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Please join Florida House on Capitol Hill and The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) for a Trade Talk discussion on the United States’ trade relationships in the Africa region including challenges and opportunities, along with the State of Florida’s important contribution to the world. 


  • Karen Dunn Kelley, Deputy Secretary of Commerce

January 29, 2020 
8:30AM                            Arrival
9:00AM - 10:00AM         Remarks + Discussion

Florida House on Capitol Hill
1 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Nearest Metros: Capitol South, Union Station

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

Note: Florida orange juice, coffee, and light breakfast will be provided. 


Congratulations to Eusun Cho, the final of three winners of the WIIT Trust Scholarship for Fall 2019. Eunsun Cho is pursuing an MA in Global Affairs at Yale University, focusing on the use of geoeconomics in Northeast Asia. She is interested in the way in which economic policies are used to achieve short- and long-term political and diplomatic objectives. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in international politics. She grew up in South Korea and speaks Korean and Mandarin Chinese. Before enrolling at Yale, she worked as a paralegal at Paul, Weiss, an international law firm based in New York City, in the firm's Private Funds team.

We are looking for a WIIT member to mentor Eunsun Cho for the next year. You would need to connect with her via phone at least 3 times during the year. This is a great way to make
an impact in the life of a young person. 

Email Kathi at 
to volunteer.
Event Recap
WIIT and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP hosted "Is this the end of WTO's Appellate Body" panel
On December 10, 2019 WIIT in partnership with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP co-hosted a panel discussion titled “Is this the end of the WTO’s Appellate Body”. The discussion which took place on the last functioning day of the Appellate Body touched on the reasons underpinning the Appellate Body’s appointment crisis, the many substantive and procedural objections raised by the United States that were central to the deadlock and suggestions for tools that can be employed to enable the WTO membership to move forward. While several panelists agreed that a number of U.S. complaints were legitimate, they believed that holding up the appointment process seriously undermined the prospect of achieving negotiating outcomes at the WTO. With a non-functioning Appellate Body, several panelists warned of future scenarios where countries potentially take matters into their own hands by engaging in unilateral retaliation as a means of enforcing panel decisions in their favor. The event was also covered by Inside US Trade and is available here:
The panel comprised of Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Minister-Counsellor (Economic and Trade Policy) at the Embassy of Canada,  Jennifer Hillman, Senior Fellow for trade and international political economy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Kathleen Claussen, Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Law and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Simon Lester, Associate Director of Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies and Stephan Becker, Partner, International Trade, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. The discussion was moderated by WIIT VP of Programming and WTO section Co-Chair Moushami Joshi.

WIIT, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and DC GALS hosted US-Irish Trade Relations panel
On Friday, December 6th, WIIT was happy to partake in a panel discussion with Irish Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Irish Secretary General of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Dr Orlaigh Quinn, and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland Emer Rocke.   The Irish diplomats spoke over a light breakfast on Ireland's important role in the EU in the post-Brexit world and on the future of U.S.-Irish trade relations. The three female diplomats, among the highest ranking in Ireland's international trade portfolio, also discussed Ireland's policy of promotion of women, the important role of immigrants in the workforce, and the booming tech industry.  WIIT's Europe section co-hosted the event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and DC GALS.  

WIIT, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and GATT hosted Digital Trade Challenges discussion

On Tuesday, December 3, WIIT, in partnership with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and LGBT Professionals in International Trade (GATT) co-hosted a panel titled “Digital Trade Challenges: The View from Industry” at Steptoe’s Washington office. The event, moderated by Steptoe’s Ambassador Susan Esserman, included panelists Jordan Haas of the Internet Association, Kaitlin Sighinolfi of Siemens, and Arun Venkataraman of Visa. The discussion, which was followed by a networking reception, focused on the most pressing challenges facing digital trade and the solutions to overcome them, including the moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions, data localization and privacy measures, intermediary liability, the WTO e-commerce negotiations, and the advent of digital services taxes.
In The News

WIIT Past President Stefanie Holland writes about how the new USMCA deal will benefit tech in the Wall Street Journal.

Read it here:
Check out the newest WIIT Communique: International Perspectives. 
In this issue of WIIT Communiqué, we wanted to focus on our members with international upbringings to learn how their multicultural backgrounds influenced their careers in trade. Read more about how Yuri Unno, Moushami P. Joshi, Alina Zarr, and Jing Zhu use their unique perspectives to help them succeed in the international trade arena. 
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