APCAC Doornock Meet­ing

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From June 21- 24, del­e­gates from the Amer­i­can Cham­bers of Com­merce in the Asia- Pa­cific vis­ited Wash­ing­ton, D. C. for the an­nual Asia Pa­cific Coun­cil of Amer­i­can Cham­bers ( APCAC) Doorknock. The del­e­ga­tion met with ex­ec­u­tive branch per­son­nel, Con­gress­men, Se­na­tors, think- tanks and oth­ers for dis­cus­sions on is­sues fac­ing U. S. busi­ness and U. S. cit­i­zens in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion.

On the agenda were meet­ings with Tami Overby, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Asia and Bruce Josten, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent for Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs at the U. S. Cham­ber of Com­merce; Ad­mi­ral James A. Win­nefeld, Jr., For­mer Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bruce Hirsh, As­sis­tant U. S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ja­pan, Korea, & APEC and Barbara Weisel, As­sis­tant U. S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for South­east Asia & Pa­cific at the Of­fice of the United States Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Bruce An­drews, Deputy Sec­re­tary at the U. S. Depart­ment of Com­merce; and Mark Mazur, As­sis- tant Sec­re­tary for Tax Pol­icy at the U. S. Depart­ment of the Trea­sury, among oth­ers. Meet­ings were also held with the fol­low­ing in­sti­tu­tions: Woodrow Wil­son In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Schol­ars; Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress; Peter­son In­sti­tute; Cen­ter for Strate­gic & In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies; and the Her­itage Foun­da­tion. June 23 was spent on brief­ings with con­gres­sional lead­ers and group meet­ings with mem­bers of Congress.

The APCAC del­e­ga­tion fo­cused on four key mes­sages ( see op­po­site side) dur­ing their meet­ings. Mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion em­phat­i­cally sup­ported the adop­tion of the Trans- Pa­cific Part­ner­ship ( TPP) as it would set high stan­dards for trade and do­ing busi­ness across the re­gion. Other is­sues dis­cussed were the detri­men­tal ef­fect U. S. tax laws have on Amer­i­cans liv­ing and work­ing abroad and the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the APEC Busi­ness Travel Card.

As is tra­di­tion, APCAC pre­sented awards to de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als who demon­strate lead­er­ship in ad­vanc­ing Amer­i­can com­merce in the Asia- Pa­cific re­gion.

As­sis­tant U. S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for South­east Asia & Pa­cific Barbara Weisel was another re­cip­i­ent of the APCAC award. Pic­tured are ( from left): Laura Younger, Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Ja­pan; Niels Mar­quardt, AMCHAM Aus­tralia; Barbara Weisel;

The del­e­ga­tion pre­sented the APCAC award to Con­gress­man Ron Kind ( D- WI). Pic­tured are ( from left): Judy Benn, AMCHAM Thailand; Marie Kis­sel, Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Ja­pan; Con­gress­man Kind; Jack­son Cox, APCAC Chair­man; Laura Younger, Amer­i­can C

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