Global Trade and Investment Forums
The Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University has been hosting the Global Trade and Investment Forums since 2015. The forums focus on specific topics from the global business environment. They are organized twice a year, in November and April, and are free and open to the public. The Forums are sponsored by the School of Management and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University. Check out the previous forums by clicking on the links below.
Forthcoming: Fifth Global Trade and Investment Forum, October 3, 2018
Location: The Fountain Room, Smart Energy Building | Innovative Technologies Complex, Binghamton University | 25 Murray Hill Rd., Binghamton, NY 13902.
Registration: Registration is $20, which includes lunch and refreshments. Space for the event is limited. Register at tinyurl.com/CIBAforum2018
In Focus: The Southern Tier and the Global Economy - 2018
Keynote Speaker: Gilbert B. Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, will give the keynote speech. Kaplan, who was nominated by President Trump and appointed to his position on March 20, 2018, was a partner at King & Spalding and part of the International Trade Practice Group. He is a native of Greater Binghamton.
Read more about Kaplan at https://www.commerce.gov/directory/gilbertbkaplan
BU News Release - September 6, 2018
Under Secretary of International Trade for the US Commerce Department to speak at Binghamton University
BINGHAMTON, NY – Gilbert Kaplan, under secretary for international trade for the United States Department of Commerce, will be the featured speaker at the Binghamton University Center for International Business Advancement's (CIBA) fifth Global Trade and Investment Forum on Oct. 3. at the Smart Energy Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC), 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal. The event, which is open to the public, goes from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., including lunch and a keynote address by Under Secretary Kaplan beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Kaplan is an Endicott native whose father worked as a physician for the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company. Because of his personal knowledge of the region's manufacturing challenges, he has incorporated the story of Endicott's and Greater Binghamton's struggles in speeches he delivers as under secretary for international trade.
Kaplan will discuss his views on the importance of international trade for American industries. He will also elaborate on his views on international trade policy, specifically how his office is working to bring about more trade deals by removing barriers for American companies and "leveling the playing field" for U.S. businesses and their workers.
"CIBA is one more initiative that moves us forward toward creating a fully integrated approach to global affairs and accomplishing our strategic goals," said Donald Nieman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Binghamton University. "It is also another means for Binghamton University to expand its community outreach and support of the economic revitalization and growth of the region."
The CIBA forum is dedicated to increasing the globalization of businesses and academic and political communities in New York's Southern Tier. Past forums have included topics such as global entrepreneurship, cash flow analysis and marketing strategies for global success.
The event includes lunch, refreshments and a panel discussion starting at 9:30 a.m. on the importance and challenges faced by American companies wanting to participate in international trade. Registration for the forum is required.
To register for the event, visit tinyurl.com/CIBAforum2018. For more information, contact Elena Iankova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Fifth Global Trade and Investment Forum is kindly sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission; the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Office of Federal Relations, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, and the School of Management at Binghamton University; the Economic Development Office - City of Binghamton; the Global NY Program and the Southern Tier Regional Office of Empire State Development; Raymond Corporation; Universal Instruments; Commerce Chenango; and The Agency, Broome County IDA/LDC.
9:00 am. Registration. Coffee, tea, conversations
9:30 am. Panel Discussion: The Southern Tier and the Global Economy - 2018. Panel participants include:
- Sandeep Dalvie, Vice President Global Supply Chain, Universal Instruments;
- Patti Wilcox, Co-Owner, Awestruck Ciders;
- Steve Craig, President and CEO, Commerce Chenango;
- Ed Kowalewski, Director for International Investment Programs, Empire State Development & Global New York;
- Donna Howell, Southern Tier Regional Director, Empire State Development Corporation;
- Stacey Duncan, Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development, The Agency/Broome County IDA.
11:30 am. Lunch is served.
12:00 pm. Introduction of the Keynote Speaker.
12:15 pm. Keynote Address by Gilbert Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
1:00 pm. Questions/Answers Session.
1:30 pm. End of event.