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Trade forum to be held at Darla Moore School

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The University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business will hold a public forum addressing international trade issues on April 18.

“International Strategy in an Era of Trade Uncertainty,” presented by the Folks Center for International Business at the Darla Moore School and co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, will focus on changes in global trading and their effect on U.S. trade policy. The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Lead panelist John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will address trends in international trade and investment. He will be joined by Wendy Cutler, vice president and managing director of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Jim Barber, UPS chief operating officer; and George Jurch III, general counsel for Continental the Americas.

“We have convened leading experts who are advocating for U.S. firms’ global business interests,” said Gerry McDermott, a USC business professor and discussion moderator, said in a news release. “These panelists are among the most experienced in transnational business strategy, investment and policy and will provide business leaders with the insights they need to navigate this new environment.”

The panel will also discuss market fragmentation and cross-country collaboration and its effects on international business strategy and growth.

“The benefits of international trade are clear — trade supports 39 million American jobs, including half a million jobs in the Palmetto State alone,” John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in the release. “To keep our economy growing, we must continue to reach beyond our borders and sell our products and services to the 95% of the world’s population that lives outside the United States.”

The forum is free, though advance registration is required.

Financial support for the forum is being provided by the Rachel and Jim Hodges Fund and the Sonoco Department for International Business.

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