Trade Taskforce

About The Taskforce

The Forum’s Trade Taskforce is focused on proactively identifying strategies to strengthen the bilateral trading relationship. As such, the Taskforce focuses on policy issues that impact industry invested in India and exporting to India. In addition to bilateral issues, the Taskforce looks at India’s trade policy in the region and actions at WTO as it relates to U.S. industry issues.

Leadership

The Trade Taskforce is led by two industry co-chairs from the Forum’s membership and supported by two knowledge partners with extensive trade law experience and knowledge.

Current co-chairs are:
▶ Lisa Schroeter, Global Director of Trade and Investment
Policy, the Dow Chemical Company
▶ Mary Thornton, Director, Government Relations, Texas
Instruments.

Current knowledge partners are:
▶ Frank Samolis, Partner and Co-Chair of Squire Patton
Boggs’ International Trade Group
▶ Mark Linscott, Senior Advisor at the Asia Group and
former Assistant United States Trade Representative

How It Functions

The Trade Taskforce is comprised of Forum members with deep expertise in U.S. trade policy. Most Taskforce participants are trade attorneys, former officials at USTR and the U.S. International Trade Administration, and represent their companies on global trade policy issues in Washington, D.C. The Trade Taskforce is multi-sectoral with 11 different industry sectors represented.

Policy positions derived by the Taskforce are based on member input and represent the consensus views of the membership.

Work Plan

The Taskforce operates two workstreams divided by proactive projects and reactive work. Proactive projects include roundtables to discuss timely and strategic issues and written papers to address growing trade needs, such as emerging Digital Economy services issues. Reactive work includes discussions with USTR officials on trade negotiations, WTO committee work and Trade Policy Forum tracks, including the IP track and intercessional work. Under the Forum’s auspices the Trade Taskforce submits regulatory filings as noticed by USTR including the National Trade Estimate, Special 301 and 301 investigations, as appropriate.

Events

July 18, 2019 – USISPF and the Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion to introduce the Atlantic Council-Forum trade report to Capitol Hill staffers featuring author Mark Linscott and Mayur Patel, International Trade Counsel, Senate Finance Committee.

September 12, 2019 – The Forum hosted a panel discussion on recent RCEP activities with Anthony Orford, First Secretary (Trade), Embassy of Australia and Aishah Mohamed, First Secretary (Economics), Embassy of the Republic of Singapore. Lisa Schroeter, co-chair of the Forum Trade Taskforce and Global Director of Trade and Investment Policy, Dow, moderated this discussion.

December 10, 2019 – USISPF and US-ASEAN business council co-hosted a series of discussions during the day to preview economic, trade and strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific region featuring Dr John Wood, Director, Indo-Pacific Outreach, US Indo-Pacific Command; Frank Ruggiero, Senior Vice President, BAE Systems; Frank Samolis, Partner & Co-Chair, International Trade Group, Squire Patton Boggs; Barbara Weisel, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors & Meredith Sumpter, Head -Research Strategy & Operations, Eurasia Group; Ambassador Richard Verma and Diane Farrell, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce.

February 13, 2020 – USISPF & US-ASEAN Business Council convened a briefing on trade & politics in the Indo-Pacific region, discussing infrastructure, maritime security & energy needs with Ambassador Thani Thongpakdi, Embassy of Thailand, DCM Amit Kumar, Embassy of India and Ernie Bower, President & CEO, Bower Group Asia.