2017 Annual National DEC Legislative Summit

Each ​year ​National ​District ​Export ​Council ​organizes ​Legislative ​Summit ​where ​exporting ​community ​and ​DEC ​members ​come ​together ​to ​share ​the ​recent ​developments ​and ​work ​on ​the ​pressing ​issues ​on ​U.S. ​foreign ​trade ​and ​exporting. ​This ​year’s ​DEC ​Legislative ​Summit ​​will ​​focus ​​on ​​the ​ ​perspective ​from ​the ​new ​administration ​on ​trade ​policies ​as ​well ​as ​outlook ​on ​legislative ​trade ​policy ​issues. ​​The ​​Summit ​​will ​​be ​​at ​​the ​​U.S. ​​Chamber ​​of ​​Commerce ​​in ​​the ​​morning ​​with ​​the ​​afternoon ​​being ​​devoted ​​to ​​Capitol ​​Hill ​​visits. ​​ 

All ​​DEC ​​members ​​are ​​invited ​​to ​attend ​this ​free ​event. ​​The ​​U.S. ​​Chamber ​​has ​​offered ​​their ​​assistance ​​in ​​setting ​​up ​​appointments ​​for ​​all ​​DEC ​​members ​​who ​​will ​​be ​​attending. 

Fee:  Free

Agenda: NDEC Leg Summit Agenda 2017_4 7 17

Registration link:   http://www.regonline.com/2017nationaldeclegislativesummit

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20062


Hotel Reservations: The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

Mention about US Commercial Service-DOC Guests

Special price of $242 + tax and fees, valid UNTIL March 24th

Link to hotel booking: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1612208980&key=EC76177

Business Opportunities in Asia Abound

Source: California Chamber of Commerce

The many trade and investment opportunities existing in key Asian markets were the common theme of remarks by senior commercial officers from the U.S. Department of Commerce at a recent forum in San Francisco.

The gathering was hosted by law firm DLA Piper, a member of the California Chamber of Commerce, on March 30. The officers focused on key issues, opportunities, and the business climate of the countries represented. 

The U.S. Department of Commerce representatives were:  James Golsen, executive director for Asia at the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Doug Wallace, senior commercial officer, Australia; Rosemary Gallant, senior commercial officer, Indonesia; Andrew Wylegala, minister-counselor for commercial affairs, Japan;  David Gossack, senior commercial officer and commercial minister, Korea; Catherine Spillman, counselor for commercial affairs, Malaysia; and Gregory M. Wong, commercial counselor and senior commercial officer, Thailand.

The 90-member business audience was welcomed by Dean Fealk, partner, DLA Piper and vice chair of the Northern California District Export Council (DEC), together with Deep SenGupta, CEO of DSG Global, LLC and chair of the Northern California DEC. In attendance was Susanne T. Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs, a member of the Northern California DEC and the National DEC Steering Committee. Read more.



2016 DEC of the Year: San Diego & Imperial DEC


San Diego & Imperial DEC was named as the “2016 DEC of the Year” by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Congratulations, thank you for your hard work and contributions to the exporting community!!! Judie Reinke, Deputy Director General, US and Foreign Commercial Service – ITA, has presented the “DEC of the Year” award to the representatives of the San Diego & Imperial DEC at the National DEC Forum in Washington, DC.

National DEC Hosted 2016 National DEC Forum


In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the 2016 National DEC Forum provided an update on the latest trends impacting exports and your DEC. This year’s Forum activities included the following:

  • Opening remarks – Philip Pittsford (IL-DEC), Chair Emeritus
  • Remarks from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Antwuan Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, for US Operations, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Introduction of new officers at National DEC
  • Committee annual reports with Q & A and Comments

– Trade and Legislative by Dr. Robert Brown (KY DEC), Chair – Communications & Outreach by Philip Pittsford (IL DEC) – Social Media/website by Dr. Oz Erdem (North-Central West FL DEC)

  • Trade Americas Initiative Presentation by Dr. Oz Erdem
  • Panel discussion on Trade with the Americas Region

– Dr. Robert Brown – moderator – John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce – Philip Pittsford – Dr. Oz Erdem

  • Keynote speaker: Judy Reinke, Deputy Director General, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • Presentation of DEC of the Year Award
  • ITA Legislative Priorities- Discussion, updates and Q & A

Jordan Haas, Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

National DEC and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosted 2016 International Trade Symposium

   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National District Export Council successfully hosted the Fourth International Trade Symposium in Washington, DC. The Symposium was an annual event that is designed for small business exporters as an educational platform and engagement opportunity on key trade policy initiatives. This year the Symposium focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Symposium was open to the public. In this year’s International Trade Symposium, attendees enjoyed listening to several aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and joined discussions with the experts, industry representatives and with the officials at the key organizations in the U.S. and Vietnam government. Agenda of the Fourth International Trade Symposium was as in the following:   Welcome by Philip Pittsford – National DEC, Chair Emeritus Opening Remarks by Mr. Vu Le Thai Hoang, Minister Counselor and Chief Political Officer, Embassy of Vietnam to the U.S. Panel: The Arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Sector Focus – Jim Fatheree (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) – moderator – Manufacturing: Ken Monahan (National Association of Manufacturers) – Financial Services and Insurance: Christine Bliss (Coalition of Service Industries) – Agriculture: Dave Salmonsen (American Farm Bureau Federation – AFBF)   Panel: Engaging Employees, Suppliers, Customers and Community on Trans-Pacific Partnership – Christopher Wenk (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) – moderator – Leslie Griffin (UPS) – Katie Hays (Caterpillar) – Susanne Stirling (California Chamber of Commerce) Keynote Remarks by Drew Quinn, Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S. Trade Representative