TDA’s India Update: Modi, Economy, Aerospace

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Professor Anand Yang speaks to the crowd (left), next to fellow speaker Dinesh Keskar, at the offices of K&L Gates

The Trade Alliance organized a successful and sold-out program giving an update on India’s current politics and economy. The program featured two speakers: Professor Anand Yang with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Asia Pacific and India at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Mr. Keskar was able to provide a unique business perspective with a focus on aerospace opportunities in the country going forward, while Mr. Yang provided an academic and diplomatic perspective.

The event was held at K&L Gates. Introducing the speakers was the Chair of TDA, Mr. Josh Gaul, who is also a partner at K&L Gates


World Trade Center Tacoma Globe Awards

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

From the left: Fanghui Li, WTC (Research Associate and China Specialist), Art Scheunemann, Northwest Container (Excellence in Trade), Angela Koenes, WTC (Deputy Director) Loren Cohen, Point Ruston Developments (Innovation in FDI), Deborah Vose and Greg Vose, Vose Technical Systems (Emerging Business of the year), Louise Tieman, WTC (President and CEO) Pradnya Desh, Desh International (Service Provider of the year), Michael Fowler, WTC (Tacoma-Fuzhou Trade Program Director)
Photo Credit: Mick Klass Photography

The World Trade Center Tacoma hosted their Annual Globe Awards Gala last Thursday that gathered over 300 members of Washington State’s trade community. TDA President Sam Kaplan attended the event, which recognized and celebrated select businesses and individuals for their achievements in international trade.


Trade Alliance Hosts Ambassador of Thailand to the U.S.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, speaks at a business luncheon organized by TDA at the offices of the Seattle Metro Chamber. The event took place last Thursday, September 11th


Boao Forum Conference in Seattle a Success

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Tian Wei from CCTV News (furthest left) moderated the last session of the conference: “New Alliances on the Subnational Level” featuring Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington; Chen Wenhua, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province; Wang Lu, Vice Governor of Hainan Province; Wang Shushan, Senior Advisor for Xuchang City; and Ed Murray, Mayor of City of Seattle


TDA meets with WTA

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Trade Alliance met with leadership from the World Technopolis Association (WTA), including Mr. Han Sic Cho, currently Deputy Secretary General for the WTA (and former Trade Alliance intern!)


TDA preps for Minister Wan Gang visit to South Lake Union

Monday, August 18th, 2014

View of South Lake Union from Lake Union Park

Source: Adbar, Wikipedia

The Trade Alliance welcomed the advance team for Minister Wan Gang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology last week. The Minister is interested in visiting South Lake Union to learn about the recent developments in the area and its transformation into a life sciences and tech hub. The Minister will arrive next month and will meet with a variety of companies and organizations such as Vulcan, and Northeastern University.


TDA Meets with Pro Mexico, Mexicali EDC

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

From left to right: Brady Prim, TDA; Tamara Thorhallsson, TDA; Fernando Paz Pous, Pro Mexico; Didier Resendiz Acevedo, Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali

TDA was thrilled to welcome Mr. Didier Resendiz Acevedo from the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali to their offices during his trip to Greater Seattle. Joining him was Mr. Fernando Paz Pous from Pro Mexico, who is based out of Seattle. The meeting discussed the aerospace industry, mutual areas of interest, and potential opportunities for partnership.


TDA President Speaks on World Bank

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Trade Alliance President, Sam Kaplan, speaks to the audience at a seminar hosted at K&L Gates

TDA, in partnership with USEAC, the Asian Development Bank, and a host of other organizations, helped to co-organize a business opportunities seminar themed on the “Demystification of the Asian Development Bank.” The event, hosted at K&L Gates, was designed to help manufacturers, suppliers, project developers, and consultants to learn how to bid on consulting and infrastructure projects in Asian countries supported by the ADB.

TDA President, Sam Kaplan, spoke about his role as a Private Sector Liaison Officer of the World Bank and what opportunities there are with the World Bank.


Reality About Raising Money in China Event

Monday, July 28th, 2014

TDA President, Sam Kaplan, along with fellow panelists, speaks to the audience at the “Reality About Raising Money in China” event

Photo Source: Screenshot of Session Video Courtesy of WBBA

TDA and WBBA organized a successful program to discuss the Reality About Raising Money in China event last week at the offices of WBBA. The program was held in advance of the Life Sciences and Investment Mission to China taking place this October, which both organizations are co-organizing as well.


WCIT hosts successful summer trade luncheon

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Members of the WCIT staff pose in front of the organization’s newly unveiled logo, along with Claire Reade, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs (top row, 2nd from the left) 

Photo Credit: Seattle Metro Chamber

TDA’s dear friends over at WCIT hosted their annual Summer Luncheon last Thursday which was a big success. The sold-out event was held at the Washington Athletic Club and featured a keynote speech from Ms. Claire Reade, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs. Ms. Reade provided her insights on current U.S.-China trade policy developments and discussed ways Washington employers can become more engaged in advocacy for increased competitiveness in trade with China.

The luncheon was also the opportunity for WCIT to publicly unveil its new logo, which you can see in the photo above.