World Trade Center-Kansas City News: February 2024


Happy New Year from WTC-KC! After an incredible 2023, highlights of which can be seen in our Annual Impact Report here, we are excited for 2024. We look forward to continuing our event series: Talking Trade: Coffee & Networking, and Doing Business With. Talking Trade: Coffee & Networking events are open networking forums for anyone engaged in or interested in international business to meet peers and learn more about the industry. The first Talking Trade event of the year is scheduled for March 21. Register here. Doing Business With brings in foreign officials from key markets to share opportunities for Kansas City businesses and answer questions from attendees in a roundtable-style event. The first Doing Business With event of the year, Doing Business with Malaysia, is scheduled for February 27.

We look forward to your engagement with the WTC-KC this year. Please get in touch with us with any trade needs.

One more thing... We’re hiring! If you or someone you know is interested in joining the World Trade Center – Kansas City team, learn more here.


Doing Business with Malaysia
February 27
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Doing Business with the Czech Republic
March 13
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Talking Trade: Coffee & Networking
WTC-KC, Liberty EDC, Scarbrough, Liberty Area Chamber, Historic Downtown Liberty
March 21
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Food & Agriculture Export Seminar
WTC-KC, Food Export Midwest, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri SBDC
March 26
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Doing Business with Mexico
April 16
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Pet Food Ingredients Buyers Mission
Food Export-Midwest
April 28
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Trade Winds Europe/Eurasia
ITA/U.S. Commercial Service
May 13-15
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Agribusiness Sales Program to South Africa
ITA/U.S. Commercial Service
May 13-17
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ILA Berlin Pioneering Airspace 2024
U.S Commercial Service & International Trade Administration
June 5-9, 2024
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EXIM 2024 Annual Conference
June 6-7
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Dispatches from DC

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The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a major trade initiative of the Joe Biden administration, is undergoing intensive negotiations involving thirteen countries, representing 40 percent of the global economy. Led by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the IPEF negotiations are structured around four pillars, each addressing key aspects of economic collaboration: digital trade, labor, and environmental issues, drawing inspiration from the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The supply chain pillar has concluded with a focus on resilience and transparency; however, market access elements will be absent due to the lack of specific enforcement measures. Due to unclear congressional involvement and the final format, concerns about the clean economy and tax/anticorruption pillars could potentially limit the IPEF's ability to deepen economic ties across the Pacific. Learn more about the IPEF here.


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2024 Trade Outlook
The Trade Guys | Center for Strategic & International Studies
Listen here

Has the USMCA improved working conditions in Mexico?
Trade Talks | Peterson Institute for International Economics
Listen here


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Sanctions Year-in-Review 2023
Read here

Make More in America Initiative
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