On the morning of March 24, 2015, Meridian convened a roundtable discussion with representatives from multi-national corporations and a multi-regional group of visitors, as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP, focused on “International Trade in a Changing Global Economic Landscape,” included 20 global leaders representing government, academia, think tanks, and media, who are visiting the U.S. to review the American economic system, as well as the domestic economic forces that influence U.S. trade policy and the policy-making process. The countries represented in this IVLP ranged from Colombia to Namibia to Russia to Thailand.
Dr. Christina Sevilla, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant, U.S. Trade Representative, Small Business, Market Access and Industrial Competitiveness, USTR, moderated the roundtable. Corporate representatives included: Mr. Eric Loeb, Vice President, International External Affairs, AT&T; Ms. Ann-Marie Padgett, International Advocacy Manager, Global Government & Corporate Affairs Division, Caterpillar Inc.; Mr. Matthew Reisman, Director, International Trade, Microsoft Corporation; and, Ms. Sarah F. Thorn, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Topics of conversation dovetailed with current issues that the companies represented are facing, and focused on timely issues and trends, including:
Following the program, the visitors and corporate representatives enjoyed networking and additional conversation on ways that the U.S. and the countries represented can continue to forge greater communications and collaborations across borders, as well as pursue regional agreements more broadly.
|Corporate Leaders and Trade Experts Discuss the Changing Global Economic Landscape|
|Number of Attendees:||20|
|Regions:||Africa, Western Hemisphere, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia|
|Countries:||Namibia, Colombia, Thailand, Russia|
|Impact Areas:||Business and Trade, Entrepreneurship, Security|
|Partners:||Individuals/Donors, Private Sector, Public Sector|