Governors, business leaders and officials from eight of the nine countries working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will be schmoozing it up at the Willard tonight.
The Washington International Trade Association event will feature Govs. Gary Herbert of Utah, Steve Beshear of Kentucky, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Christine Gregoire of Washington and Brain Schweitzer of Montana; United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and seven ambassadors from TPP countries.
Business Roundtable president John Engler is the master of ceremonies and the sponsors are BRT, Amgen, Dow Chemical, GE, Intuit, Microsoft, Pfizer, TIA, Walmart, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chevron, PhRMA, Philip Morris International and Target.
And just in case there was any doubt that this is a corporate funded, influence event, the invitation pretty much puts that to rest:
This exclusive reception is a unique gathering of Governors and other top state officials, select US trade officials, Ambassadors and key embassy personnel from large US trading partners, and businesses reliant on the expansion of international trade. This reception is designed to establish and strengthen the critical personal connections at the highest levels of state government with embassy and industry representatives to lay the foundations for growth in two-way trade, foreign direct investment, and strengthened economic ties.The World Trade Reception will be on Friday Feb. 24--the evening prior to the NGA Winter Meetings--at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Washington DC. State, federal, embassy, and business leaders will gather to make the personal connections needed to lay the foundations for growth in two-way trade, foreign direct investment, and job creation.