World Trade Center-Kansas City News: March, 2023


Spring is in full swing at the WTC-KC. In March, we were honored to host the trade team from the Canadian Consulate in Chicago for a business roundtable. The team shared insights on the investment relationship between the U.S. and Canada, and on Canada’s biggest industries. Locally, we held our second “Talking Trade” networking event at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. WTC-KC, U.S. Commercial Service and Kansas Department of Commerce all presented on the services they provide for Kansas City companies looking to expand internationally. Attendees discussed successes and challenges in international business.  

In April, we are focused on kicking off the second cohort of the Heartland Export Accelerator Program. We welcomed our new businesses at a luncheon in March, and this month, we will begin our programming, led by Kansas City experts.

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UPS Small Business Challenge
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KC World Trade Day
KC International Steering Committee
May 10
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U.S.-China Agriculture Roundtable: Global Food Security
United States Heartland China Association
April 4-13
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R&D and Talent Development in Semiconductors Webinar
U.S. Commercial Service
April 11
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Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Nominations Open
Kansas Department of Commerce
Due April 15
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2023 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing – The Electric Revolution
KC SmartPort
April 12
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Offshore Technology Conference
U.S. Commercial Service
May 1-4
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Doing Business with Japan
May 23
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Advanced Technologies for Methane Abatement Business Briefing (Algeria, Egypt, Libya)
May 24
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Doing Business with Italian Ports: Venice & Chioggia
U.S. Commercial Service and International Trade Administration
May 25
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KC Rising Horizon 2023
KC Rising
May 25
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ACE Export Compliance Webinar
U.S. Census Bureau
June 6-7
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Infosecurity Europe
U.S. Commercial Service & International Trade Administration
June 20-22
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Heartland Export Accelerator Public Showcase
July 12
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Food Expo Pro
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
August 17-26
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Conference and Exhibitions on International Trade & Foreign Direct Investments for Manufacturing, Services, and Agriculture sectors
Global Expo – India
December 21-31


Dispatches from DC

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Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS) formed a partnership that revolutionizes the use of nuclear-powered submarines between the three member countries, specifically for use in the Indo-Pacific region. This partnership was announced on March 13, 2023, resulting in implications far beyond the bounds of this treaty for the United States and its allies, China, and nuclear nonproliferation. AUKUS will provide new pathways for information sharing regarding nuclear technology between Canberra, London, and Washington. The production and usage of nuclear-powered submarines are projected to occur over the next three decades, rolling out in three phases, with expected delivery dates of new submarines by the U.S. to occur in the late 2030s and from Australia in the 2040s. Washington has been portraying AUKUS as a new kind of “nuclear stewardship,” referring to the safety and security of a state's nuclear stockpile, rewarding Australia’s good nonproliferation track record. However, China, the main critic of this treaty, states the spirit of the original Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is being violated.

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson said this treaty is “walking further down the path of error and danger” according to a CBS news report. Although other foreign powers like India and Brazil do not believe AUKUS violates the NPT, and member countries say the treaty is in adherence to the NPT by not deploying any nuclear weapons. AUKUS is in place to properly protect and deter an invasion of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and send a needed warning message to an increasingly aggressive China. The full ramifications of this treaty and the United States and China’s relationship have yet to come to light; however, Foreign Minister Qin Gang warned of “conflict and confrontation” surrounding a variety of recent issues between the United States and China the Associated Press reports.


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Trade Deals Under the Radar

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