Commerce and USTR Aggressively Recruiting New Members on All 16 ITACS
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We have just received word that Commerce and USTR are aggressively recruiting for new members on all sixteen ITACS for the upcoming charter term beginning in 2010.
The Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) play a critical role as industry’s voice in developing U.S. trade policy. Through the ITACs, business leaders have an opportunity to work side-by-side with U.S. Government officials and trade negotiators in advising the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on industry specific issues related to, among others, market access, customs matters, foreign investment and intellectual property protection.
ITAC members typically meet 4-5 times a year in Washington, D.C. and sometimes more often depending upon the work of each committee. These members directly advise U.S. policymakers and negotiators on industry positions during crucial multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade negotiations, such as free trade agreement negotiations. Both Commerce and USTR look to our ITAC advisors as a vital part of crafting trade policy so the United States can present a united front during trade negotiations.
Currently, Commerce and USTR are aggressively recruiting for new members on all sixteen ITACs for the upcoming charter term beginning in 2010. This recruitment process will ensure a diverse membership among industry sectors, small, medium and large-sized companies, product lines, geographic areas and demographic groups.
Candidates applying for ITAC membership need to represent a U.S. manufacturing or service entity that trades internationally, or an association of such entities. Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of their industry sector and trade policy issues relevant to the work of the ITAC to which they are applying Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are not employees of a government entity, registered foreign agents, or federally-registered lobbyists.
For more information please go to www.trade.gov/itac<http://www.trade.gov/itac> .
Please let us know if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity so that we may support your application. Email your interest to Oriana Camacho, firstname.lastname@example.org.