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Georgetown McDonough Hosts Inaugural Trans-Pacific Partnership Conference

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On March 20, the Undergraduate Program Office, the McDonough Global Student Association, and Georgetown's Latin American Board co-sponsored the inaugural Trans-Pacific Partnership Conference. We welcomed nearly 100 students and faculty to engage in sessions and panels geared toward understanding the trade practices, growth, and economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

Conference sessions included a keynote address featuring Wendy Cutler, the deputy U.S. trade representative and two faculty panels. Charles Skuba, professor of the practice in marketing, moderated the panel titled “Benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Member States," which featured Kenneth Smith Ramos, head of the trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico, and Hairil Yahri Yaacob, minister counselor of economics from the Embassy of Malaysia.

The second panel, titled "Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Different Industries," was moderated by Ricardo Ernst, professor of operations and global logistics. Panelists included Cal Cohen, president, Emergency Committee for American Trade; Catherine Mellor, director, Asia at U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Rick Johnston, managing director, Global Government Affairs at Citi. The conference was followed by a reception where students and faculty were able to network.