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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Trade Capacity-Building Through International Development: A Virtual Lunch with USAID’s Paul Fekete

Start Date: 10/28/2021 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/28/2021 1:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Virtual


Organization Name: WIIT

Contact:
Mary Simpkins
Email: info@wiit.org
Phone: (202) 869-3775

Economic growth and development is at the heart of international trade. As markets open, who are the players that ensure these markets have the tools they need for their communities to reap the benefits and transact on a global stage? Paul Fekete, Senior International Trade Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is one such leader. Join WIIT and the International Development programming section for a lunchtime discussion with Paul, which will delve into (1) his career in this field spanning the private sector, federal contractors, and USAID and advice for those who are interested in pursuing similar work, (2) how public-private partnerships are key to the success of international development projects, and (3) how USAID’s efforts fit into the U.S.’s global trade strategy and foreign policy.

Featuring:

Paul Fekete
, Senior International Trade Advisor, Center for Economics & Market Development, USAID 

Moderated by WIIT’s International Development Program Section Co-Chairs


Paul Fekete serves as Senior International Trade Advisor for USAID’s Center for Economics and Market Development which is within the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation (DDI) where he focuses on the development of trade-related technical assistance programs to assist USAID missions in building public and private sector trade capacity and promote developing countries’ participation in the international trade system. Prior to joining USAID in 2010, he worked for over 25 years as a consultant providing trade advisory services, technical assistance, training, and institutional strengthening and capacity building for governments and organizations under the auspices of entities such as USAID, WTO, WCO, and the World Bank. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Bates College. He also holds the title of adjunct assistant professor at both the University of Maryland's University College and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School where he teaches graduate courses on international economics, US trade policy and policy formulation.

This event will be off the record and there will be no video recording.


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