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Graham Catlett steps down as Chair

Former Chair Graham Catlett, center, being recognized for his contribution to ArDEC as he stepped down from his position and was succeeded by then Vice Chair William Burgess, on the left. Greg Matheny, on the right, was nominated as the new Vice Chair.

 Discover Global Markets 2015

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the North Texas District Export Council for DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: E-Commerce Strategies and transform market potential to market success. The forum will be located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on October 8-9. This is a great way for executives and professionals to make connections with U.S. commercial diplomats and business leaders from around the world. More details can be found here.


 Governor, Vietnamese Official Sign Trade Memo

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province Monday, June 29th, at the state capitol. For Arkansas, the memo is largely ceremonial, but Hutchinson said it helps to build relationships with the province. “There’s increased opportunity to sell soybeans, rice and other great Arkansas agricultural products, but this agreement and understanding is also about manufacturing, it’s about investment, it’s about people and cultural relationships,” Hutchinson said.

On Tuesday a manufacturer based in the province, Tinnghia, will open a trade office in Bentonville. Tinnghia also is interested in opening a coffee plant in Arkansas, where beans shipped from Vietnam would be processed and sold.

Arkansas is the first state with which the province has signed an agreement. Hutchinson said he hopes to have an opportunity as governor to visit the province, which is in southeastern Vietnam, east and northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, and has a population of 2.7 million.


Import-Export Bank

In the news:

"GE: 500 Jobs Could Move Overseas Amid Export-Import Bank Impasse"

"Boeing loses contract, Export-Import Bank standoff cited as GE shifts jobs"

"Analysis: Boeing jobs threat over Ex-Im Bank stalemate isn’t all bluster"

"Export-Import Bank is dealt a blow as it is excluded from highway bill"


Legislative Action:

On July 27th Arkansas' Senators Cotton and Boozman opposed Senate Amendment 2327 (S.Amdt. 2327) "To reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank of the United States" to House Resolution 22 (H.R. 22). The amendment passed the Senate without their support, but given the complexity of the legislative process the issue could come up again for vote in both the House and the Senate before actual reauthorization occurs.


Arkansas exporters depend on the Ex-Im Bank to continue exporting and growing their export markets. Contact Arkansas' Senators and Representatives to let them know that you support the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.



Sen. Boozman:     (202) 224-4843

Sen. Cotton:        (202) 224-2353

Rep. Crawford:    (202) 225-4076

Rep. Hill:            (202) 225-2506

Rep. Womack:     (202) 225-4301

Rep. Westerman: (202) 225-3772





Speaker Boehner Sends TPA to the White House to Become Lawong>

On Wednesday, June 24, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) joined House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for the enrollment of trade promotion authority legislation just passed by both the House and Senate. With the speaker’s signature affixed, the bill is now on its way to the White House for the president to sign into law. Along with Boehner, Ryan, and Tiberi, pictured below are Reps. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Ron Kind (D-WI), Jim Costa (D-CA), and Mike Quigley (D-IL).  




Arkansas World Trade Center Sponsors Booth at Paris Airshow

Governor Asa Hutchinson and World Trade Center Arkansas President and CEO Dan Hendrix and Boon Tan Senior Director of Global Trade Strategy, opened the Arkansas booth at the Paris Air Show with a ribbon cutting on Monday, June 15. This is the first year for Arkansas to exhibit at the show, the world's largest aviation and aerospace trade show. The World Trade Center Arkansas is a major sponsor of the booth and recruited Arkansas companies to attend. The purpose of the trip is to promote trade and investment in Arkansas.  





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