U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the schedule of events for the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which will take place from December 16-18, in Chicago. Secretary Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will host a high-level Government of China delegation, and for the first time, the JCCT schedule includes a full day of events designed to facilitate private sector engagement with officials from the U.S. and Chinese governments. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will also participate. The goal of this enhanced program is to expand the scope of the JCCT with engagement between businesses from both countries.
The program will include a roundtable discussion on bilateral investment hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Paulson Institute; a luncheon to celebrate the Gateway Cities partnership hosted by World Business Chicago; a cooperative travel and tourism program hosted by the U.S. Travel Association; and a discussion on developing a shared vision of economic leadership hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs that will include remarks from Secretary Penny Pritzker, Ambassador Michael Froman, and Vice Premier Wang Yang.
Established in 1983, the JCCT is the primary forum for addressing bilateral trade and investment issues and promoting commercial opportunities between the United States and China. High-level plenary meetings are held annually and are co-chaired by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the United States Trade Representative, and the Chinese Vice Premier in charge of trade and investment issues. Sixteen JCCT Working Groups meet throughout the year to address topics such as intellectual property rights, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, information technology, and travel and tourism.
Secretary Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Froman announced the following events:
Wednesday, December 17
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Cooperative Investment Program (Closed Press)
Organizers: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Location: The Paulson Institute
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Investment Luncheon Program (Open Press)
Hosted by: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Organizer: World Business Chicago
Location: 300 E. Randolph Street, 30th Floor
12 noon – 5:00 p.m., Travel and Tourism Cooperative Program (Closed Press)
Organizers: U.S. Travel Association, U.S. Department of Commerce & China National Tourism Association
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., U.S.-China: A Shared Vision of Economic Leadership
Hosted by: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Location: Palmer Hilton House
Keynote Remarks (Open Press)
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., JCCT Reception and Dinner (Closed Press)
Hosted by: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Organizers: World Business Chicago, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, U.S.-China Business Council,
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, China General Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce
Thursday, December 18
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., JCCT Plenary Session (Closed Press)
Opening Remarks (Open Press)
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., JCCT Press Conference (Open Press)
Location: Gleacher Center
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Registration is required by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 10. All press must be registered, confirmed, and credentialed for any open press events. Media that is not registered by the deadline will not be allowed.