Agricultural Outcomes of the US-China Phase One Agreement with USTR and USDA

After a year and a half of negotiations and tariff escalation, the US and China are preparing to sign a Phase One Trade Agreement on January 15. The US-China Business Council is pleased to invite you to join a briefing on the agricultural outcomes of the Phase One deal with Assistant US Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy Sharon Bomer Lauritsen and US Department of Agriculture Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Jason Hafemeister. Ms. Bomer and Mr. Hafemeister will discuss the agricultural portion of the agreement that includes Chinese commitments to purchase large quantities of US agricultural goods as well as the elimination of many market access barriers in the agricultural sector.

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen has served in her current position at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) since 2011 where she has overall responsibility for negotiations and policy coordination regarding agriculture. Previously, Ms. Bomer worked for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as the executive vice president of their food and agriculture section. Prior to joining BIO in 2006, she served deputy assistant USTR for agricultural affairs, and worked in the senior management of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service before that.

Jason Hafemeister has worked on farm and agricultural trade policy with USDA and USTR for more than 20 years. He served as the lead US negotiator on agriculture in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round negotiations, the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and China’s accession to the WTO. He was also central to finalizing the 2017 agreement to allow the resumption of US beef exports to China. Hafemeister holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a law degree from Georgetown University.

This event is for USCBC member companies and invited guests only. Registration is required.

After a year-and-a-half of negotiations and tariff escalation, the US and China signed a Phase One Trade Agreement on January 15. The US-China Business Council was pleased to host a briefing on the agricultural outcomes of the Phase One deal with Assistant US Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy Sharon Bomer Lauritsen. Ms. Bomer discussed the agricultural portion of the agreement that includes Chinese commitments to purchase large quantities of US agricultural goods as well as the elimination of many market access barriers in the agricultural sector.

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen has served in her current position at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) since 2011 where she has overall responsibility for negotiations and policy coordination regarding agriculture. Previously, Ms. Bomer worked for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as the executive vice president of their food and agriculture section. Prior to joining BIO in 2006, she served deputy assistant USTR for agricultural affairs, and worked in the senior management of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service before that.

 

Event Details

When:
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Where:
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Registration

Deadline:
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 5:00pm
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Event Contact

Contact:
Vivian Zhu
Phone:
202-429-0340 ext. 208