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International Trade Update

International Trade Update Masthead

December 2006

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In this issue:

Secretary Gutierrez Leads Business Development Mission to China
Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez’s recent visit to China saw the signing of several important trade deals with U.S. companies and a renewed push for progress on issues such as the protection of intellectual property rights.


Electronic Education Fair Promotes United States as Higher Education Destination to Chinese Students
A multimedia campaign launched in China in November marks the first step in a U.S. government initiative designed to promote travel to the United States to pursue higher education opportunities.


“Europe’s Growth Is in America’s Interest”
Economic growth, removal of business barriers, and the encouragement of entrepreneurship and innovation were key points made by Under Secretary Franklin L. Lavin during a recent visit to France and Germany.


Rules on Handling Personal Data Subject of U.S.-EU Conference
Reconciling the different approaches taken by the United States and the European Union was the focus of a conference in Brussels, Belgium, this October, with a U.S. delegation led by Deputy Under Secretary Michelle O’Neill.


Short Takes: News from the International Trade Administration

  • Second Meeting of U.S.–Brazil Commercial Dialogue Held in Washington, D.C.
  • Two-Day Forum to Focus on Free Enterprise and Investment in the Americas
  • Commerce Official Elected Vice Chairman of OECD Steel Committee
  • U.S.–EU Ministerial Meeting Brings Progress on Intellectual Property Rights and Regulatory Issues
  • Deputy Under Secretary O’Neill Addresses U.S.–EU Personal Data Transfer Concerns

International Trade Calendar
Highlights of upcoming trade events.


International Trade Update is published monthly by the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. A subscription service is available to receive notification by e-mail when new issues are published.

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