NAFTA and Immigration, Vietnam Business Forum Recap

International Newsletter | October 2017

This past month we had the pleasure of working with the Vietnam Ministry of Trade on a forum about the state of business affairs between the U.S. and Vietnam.

Our programming for the rest of the year will focus on NAFTA and Immigration.  We will host an intimate roundtable discussion with U.S. Representative Mike Quigley on October 27.  

This week, the three countries in the NAFTA talks -- the U.S., Mexico and Canada -- ended their fourth round of negotiations, where particularly tough issues were discussed. The Chicagoland Chamber is following the discussion closely and will take advantage of opportunities for conversations amongst our members throughout the ongoing negotiation timeline.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said in Mexico, last week: “We stand firmly on the side of a modern NAFTA that meets the needs of our 21st Century economy.”

Here is a copy of a letter signed by the Chicagoland Chamber that was sent by the business community to President Trump, calling for a modernized agreement that does no harm to America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses of all sizes. The letter seeks protection of the benefits the United States continues to derive from NAFTA.

If you are interested in being part of our Global Connections Forum, please let us know. We welcome your thoughts and leadership. Also, we are always happy to share member news. Please send your business updates to


Blanca Berthier
Director of International Programs

Member Insights


Event Recap: Vietnam Business Forum

Thank you Vietrade for sponsoring our Vietnam-U.S. Business Forum and presenting business opportunities for Chicagoland companies.  Watch this video to learn more about U.S.-Vietnam trade.
Thank you Grant Thornton for hosting and making this event possible.
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Upcoming Event

NAFTA Roundtable | October 27th
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley will lead a roundtable discussion on the administration’s goals, challenges and the outlook and impact on the treaty’s update on U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Please email Blanca Berthier, Director of International Programs for more information.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 
The Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan Ave, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 494 6700 
Blanca Berthier | Director, International Programs