Technology & Trade

Trade with Middle Income Countries: Making Up for Lost Time

U.S. trade policy with the 106 Middle Income Countries (MICs) is not moving ahead and the policies of bilateralism are not being instituted. There are a number of steps to promote U.S. trade with MICs that should be undertaken urgently in order for U.S. business to be able more fully benefit from the world’s fastest growing and highest potential markets. Join the Stimson Center for the launch of, The Potential for Expanded U.S. Trade with Middle Income Countries, and learn what steps the U.S. can take to promote trade with Middle Income Countries. 

What:  On-the-record launch of The Potential for Expanded U.S. Trade with Middle Income Countries, a policy paper recommending a number of doable steps to promote trade with the MICs.
Where: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20036
When:  Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Follow:  @StimsonCenter on Twitter for event news and use #StimsonNow to join the conversation.



Congressman Sander Levin, Member, Subcommittee on Trade, Committee on Ways and Means

After serving as assistant administrator in the United States Agency for International Development, Levin was elected to Congress in 1982. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means with assignments on the Trade Subcommittee and as the Ranking Member on the Health Subcommittee. His legislative work covers a broad range of issues including international trade policy, health care, welfare reform, mental health, tax and economic growth policy, social security, and community anti-drug programs.

Levin advocates reforming U.S. trade policy to reflect the changing nature of trade and using it as a tool to shape globalization. He was a principal author of the May 10 Agreement of 2007, a congressional-executive understanding that led to the incorporation of labor and environmental commitments. He authored, with Rep. Charles Rangel, legislation to expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which helps workers who lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade.  This expansion, which significantly increased funding for retraining and newly made service workers eligible for TAA assistance, was included in the 2009 Recovery Act.

Florizelle (Florie) Liser, President, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA)

Liser is the third President and CEO of CCA. Ms. Liser brings expertise and an extensive network on trade and Africa to her new role, along with a strong track record of working with the private sector to translate policy into action. She is the first woman to lead the Council since its founding in 1993. Ms. Liser joined CCA from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa since 2003. At USTR, she led trade and investment policy towards 49 sub-Saharan African nations and oversaw implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Previously, Ms. Liser served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications from 2000-2003. She also served as Senior Trade Policy Advisor in the Office of International Transportation and Trade at the Department of Transportation from 1987-2000; worked as a Director in USTR’s Office of GATT Affairs, and served as an Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Council (ODC) from 1975-1980. Ms. Liser holds a M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Dickinson College.

Nate Olson, Principal, All Angles Strategy

Olson is principal of All Angles Strategy, an international trade and global affairs consultancy in Washington, DC. He has over a decade of experience designing and leading multi-stakeholder projects to address key economic and foreign policy challenges. He founded and directed the Stimson Center’s Trade in the 21st Century Program, and led a landmark Stimson collaboration on trade issues with hundreds of senior industry leaders and practitioners from the manufacturing, financial services, and transport/logistics sectors. , 

Olson studied government and economics at Centre College, and economic history at Oxford University. He lives with his wife and son on Capitol Hill.

Robert J. Berg (Moderator), Director,  Working with the New Majority program, Stimson Center  

Berg founded USAID’s Office of Evaluation and was founding chair of evaluation for the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.  He was the first senior fellow at the Overseas Development Council. For a decade he was president and then chair of the International Development Conference, the largest forum on international development, with a board of 120 leaders of international development.  He was senior advisor to four UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP and the UN Economic Commission for Africa), and initiated the first UN system-wide substantive initiative, the second being the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.  He has served on numerous non-profit boards in international development, higher education, and community development. He was senior advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

Today he is the advisor to the board of the World Academy of Art and Science, chairman of the board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a Distinguished Fellow of the Stimson Center, a fellow of the Royal Africa Society, and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.  His work has led to policy changes at the United Nations and in U.S. legislation.

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