May is World Trade Month in the United States, and metro Atlanta recognition of that event will be held in the World Trade Center Atlanta on May 23.
The World Trade Center will host the Atlanta Export Symposium: Breaking Down Barriers to Exporting, in partnership with UPS, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia State Center for International Business & Research (CIBER), U.S. Commercial Service, and Global Gateway-Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce. In his capacity as World Trade Center Atlanta president, Clayton State University Director of the Office of International Programs John Parkerson has been asked by UPS to give the opening remarks at this important international and educational symposium.
“This is an ambitious program, with outstanding sponsors and program panelists,” says Parkerson. “It should provide excellent substantive content and networking opportunities for students who are interested in international business, international marketing and supply chain.
“This is a real educational opportunity.”
As part of Clayton State University’s focus on international business, international marketing and supply chain, Parkerson has arranged free attendance to the Atlanta Export Symposium for any College of Business students or faculty from Clayton State who might wish to attend. The symposium will be held at the World Trade Center, 303 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $35, which includes a luncheon, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a networking reception. To register, contact Lilia Postolachi at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (404) 813-6672.
Romaine Seguin, president - UPS Americas Region, will give the keynote address, “The New Face of Middle Class.” The Symposium’s substantive breakout sessions will cover:
· The Logistics of Exporting: Tools, Transportation, and Financing
· Website Design for the International Marketplace (a non-technical session)
· International Terms of Sale
· The Legal and Tax Aspects of Going Global: A Discussion of Challenges and Opportunities
· Recovering VAT/Duties
· The Emerging Markets Century
· Screening and Selecting Effective Foreign Representatives
In conjunction with World Trade Month 2012, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson has issued the following statement:
“Throughout the year, the Commerce Department partners with public and private sector organizations to connect U.S. businesses of all sizes with opportunities abroad to help them export to the 95 percent of consumers who live outside the United States. These efforts are important in keeping the momentum toward meeting President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014, which will support millions of good-paying U.S. jobs. During World Trade Month, we pay special attention to the critical role that international trade plays in promoting economic growth in the U.S.
“Time and time again, this administration has demonstrated its commitment to giving American workers and businesses a fair shot in the global economy. We continue to support trade agreements that will open up markets to U.S. companies. We are working to aggressively investigate any unfair trade practices taking place anywhere in the world. We have the best workers and the best businesses in the world, and we will continue to work to ensure our workers and businesses are competing on a level playing field. That is why my top priority as Commerce Secretary is helping American businesses build things here and sell them all over the world."