World Trade Center-Kansas City News: March 2024


Happy Spring from WTC-KC! We are excited to welcome warmer weather and an exciting line-up of events! Last month, we were honored to host representatives from the German Marshall Fund and the Ambassador to the U.S. from Ukraine as part of the Kansas City stop on the Whistlestops for Ukraine Tour. The event featured a great roundtable discussion on the importance of strong international relations and looked towards the future of a post-war Ukraine. Watch the recap video here. We would like to pass on a new video newsletter from the World Trade Centers Association, The Centerpiece, where you can learn about World Trade Centers across the globe. You can view it here. WTC-KC has several exciting upcoming events, including networking, topic deep-dives, and foreign dignitary roundtables. More details are in the Upcoming Events section below. We hope to see you there. Please contact us with any trade needs.


Doing Business with the Czech Republic
March 13
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The Importance of Working Capital for Sales Growth & Global Market Success
U.S. Small Business Administration & NASBITE 
March 13
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Jackson County, Missouri Sales Tax Listening Sessions
KCADC & partners
March 18 & 26
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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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Formula 8 - Customer Centric Problem Solving
Missouri SBDC, UMKC
Every Wednesday from March 13-May 8
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Greater Seattle Export Accelerator
EXIM, GSEA, U.S. Small Business Administration
March 24
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EMPOWER Asia - Access to Capital for Women-Owned Businesses - Public & Private Sector Resources
March 28
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2024 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing
KC SmartPort
April 10
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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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2024 U.S.-China Agriculture Roundtable
US Heartland China Association
June 2024
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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 World Trade Organization (WTO) initiated reforms after the Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12), with an emphasis on transparency, inclusivity, and addressing member interests. Four informal meetings were held in 2022 and 2023 to discuss proposals covering various aspects, including dispute settlement and organizational improvements. Dispute settlement emerged as a critical concern, leading to informal negotiations and over 70 proposals from members, aiming to simplify procedures and enhance transparency [WTO Update, Dec 2023]. At MC13, progress was noted in dispute settlement reform, with the U.S. highlighting collaborative efforts and achievements in one year. While MC13 achieved agreements on electronic commerce and development outcomes, including new least-developed country members, challenges persisted in fisheries subsidies and agriculture, with the U.S. expressing disappointment. The U.S. remains committed to WTO reform, emphasizing a positive vision for trade and engagement in shaping a comprehensive agenda [Ambassador Katherine Tai Statement, March 03, 2024]. 


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January 2024 Trade Law Update
Husch Blackwell
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How Do I Compete Internationally?
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