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U.S. Commerce Secretary Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announce Schedule for 25th Session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the schedule of events for the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which will take place from December 16-18, in Chicago. Secretary Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will host a high-level Government of China delegation, and for the first time, the JCCT schedule includes a full day of events designed to facilitate private sector engagement with officials from the U.S. and Chinese governments. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will also participate. The goal of this enhanced program is to expand the scope of the JCCT with engagement between businesses from both countries.

The program will include a roundtable discussion on bilateral investment hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Paulson Institute; a luncheon to celebrate the Gateway Cities partnership hosted by World Business Chicago; a cooperative travel and tourism program hosted by the U.S. Travel Association; and a discussion on developing a shared vision of economic leadership hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs that will include remarks from Secretary Penny Pritzker, Ambassador Michael Froman, and Vice Premier Wang Yang.

Established in 1983, the JCCT is the primary forum for addressing bilateral trade and investment issues and promoting commercial opportunities between the United States and China. High-level plenary meetings are held annually and are co-chaired by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the United States Trade Representative, and the Chinese Vice Premier in charge of trade and investment issues. Sixteen JCCT Working Groups meet throughout the year to address topics such as intellectual property rights, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, information technology, and travel and tourism.

Secretary Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Froman announced the following events:

Wednesday, December 17

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.             Cooperative Investment Program                   Closed Press

Organizers:            U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Paulson Institute

U.S. Department of Commerce

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.              Investment Luncheon Program                       Open Press

Hosted by:             Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Organizer:             World Business Chicago

Location:               300 E. Randolph Street, 30th Floor

For Press Registration and Credentialing, please e-mail World Business Chicago at WTNations@worldbusinesschicago.com

 

12 noon – 5:00 p.m.                  Travel and Tourism Cooperative Program       Closed Press

Organizers:            U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Department of Commerce

China National Tourism Association

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                 U.S.-China: A Shared Vision of Economic Leadership

Hosted by:             The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Location:               Palmer Hilton House

Keynote Remarks                                           Open Press

For Press Registration and Credentialing, please contact Betsy Hushek at bhushek@thechicagocouncil.org

 

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                JCCT Reception and Dinner                           Closed Press

Hosted by:             Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Organizers:           World Business Chicago

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

U.S.-China Business Council

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

China General Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Thursday, December 18

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                JCCT Plenary Session                                     Closed Press

Opening Remarks                                          Open Press

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.               JCCT Press Conference                                  Open Press

Location:               Gleacher Center

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive

Chicago, IL 60611

Registration is required by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 10. All press must be registered, confirmed, and credentialed for any open press events. Media that is not registered by the deadline will not be allowed.

To register for the Investment Luncheon Program organized by World Business Chicago, please contact WTNations@worldbusinesschicago.com. To register for the U.S.-China: A Shared Vision of Economic Leadership hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, please contac tbhushek@thechicagocouncil.org. To register for all other JCCT events open to the press, please contact Lorri Crowley at lorri.crowley@trade.gov.