International Newsletter | September 2017
The Golden Mean
The international business community faces tension on several fronts: NAFTA, immigration, monsoon rains in south Asia, earthquakes in Mexico, strife with North Korea and Russia. Now more than ever, common ground is needed; what Aristotle called the “golden mean.“
As a business organization, the Chicagoland Chamber makes progress toward this goal by presenting opportunities for its member businesses to learn about international opportunities, connect with them, and expand their operations. We focused this month on Southeast Asia. The Chamber hosted a roundtable, last week, with the Consul General of Indonesia. This Friday, our member Grant Thornton will host our Vietnam Business Forum.
On the NAFTA front, the U.S., Mexico and Canada have concluded a second round of negotiations. The goal entering the next round (Sept 23-27 in Ottawa, Canada) is to bring a more unified vision for discussion. The overall tone among the nations has been one of cooperation. The objective is to emerge with a modernized agreement that, as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer put it, will benefit all Americans, not just a few. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated its business priorities for NAFTA, in this document.
To some, the recent decision of the Trump administration to rescind the DACA program came as a surprise. Immigration policy has been a topic of debate not only during this administration, but in many prior ones, regardless of party. These policies have a direct impact on Chamber members and our community as a whole. The Chicagoland Chamber is developing programming that will cover both NAFTA and immigration in a deep and useful way. Please stay tuned for more information about these upcoming programs.
We are building bridges with the global business community to benefit Chamber members and the Chicago region. As always, I welcome your thoughts about how we can the job even better. Reach out to me anytime at this email.
Director of International Programs