World Trade Center-Kansas City News: September 2023


Summer is behind us at the WTC-KC and we are ready for a busy fall. We finished out the summer with a Talking Trade: Coffee & Networking Event at Dentons in partnership with the Heartland Black Chamber. We love connecting with companies and businesses doing business internationally throughout Kansas City. Applications for the fall cohort of the Heartland Export Accelerator have closed. We look forward to welcoming the new cohort in October. As always, please contact us with any trade needs.


The New China Playbook
United States Heartland China Association
September 11
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Trade War: Causes, Conduct, and Consequences of Sino-American Confrontation
KU Trade War Lab
September 12
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Building Bridges to Global Markets
U.S. Commercial Service
September 13
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Trade Mission to Canada and Mexico
International Trade Administration
September 17-22
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Diplomacy Begins Here Summit
Global Ties KC
September 21-22
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No Trade is Free: A Conversation with Ambassador Robert Lighthizer
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics | The University of Kansas
September 21
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EXIM 2023 Annual Conference – Create Locally, Export Globally
October 19-20
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2023 Mid-America Trade Summit
University of Missouri
October 25 & 26
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AI Expo Africa
U.S. Commercial Service
November 2-3
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Enlit Europe- Opportunity to Exhibit
U.S. Commercial Service
November 28-20
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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
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Dispatches from DC

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This summer marks the three-year anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which went into effect in 2020. This agreement replaced the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). USMCA creates more balanced, reciprocal trade focused on growing the North American economy. The third-year anniversary is significant because it is halfway to the mandatory review in the sixth year of the agreement, 2026. The original agreement was approved for an initial 16-year term, with the possibility of an extension. If the agreement is not renewed in 2026, it could cause uncertainty in economic relations in North America. To date, since the implementation of USMCA, capital investment in North America has increased 134 percent and is showing to have positive impact on all three countries. Focus areas of the agreement include workforce development, engaging SMEs and emergency planning. Learn more about the USMCA here.


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Taiwan Bill, Public Opinion and Outbound Investment - The Trade Guys | Center for Strategic & International Studies

Social Investing: The Future of Sustainability - Thoughts on the Market Podcast | Morgan Stanley


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July 2023 Trade Law Update by Husch Blackwell

Trade Secret Protection Overview and Best Practices by Dentons

Costa Rica: New expansion opportunity for the Semiconductor Supply Chain industry by Dentons

Evening English Program by UMKC School of Applied Languages