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  • February 21, 2018 11:37 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    2018 Chicago Booth Emerging Markets Summit

    Conference Theme: "Navigating Emerging Markets in a World of Transition"

    at the Harper Center, 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

    The 2018 Booth Emerging Markets Summit will bring together over 50 speakers from Latin America, Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and Asia Pacific covering topics in fintech, social impact, private equity & venture capital, and government & policy.

    Interested in learning about the startup ecosystem in Africa, macro trends impacting Latin America, or social entrepreneurship in the Middle East?

    The 2018 EMS promises a day of spirited conversation around the path of growth for emerging markets. Keynote speakers will include:

    • Manuel Sánchez -  former governor of the Bank of Mexico under President Felipe Calderón
    • Kunal Shah - founder and former CEO of FreeCharge (sold for $400M to Snapdeal)
    • Lina Khalifeh - founder of SheFighter (the first female self-defense studio in the Middle East)
    • Banks Baker - Head of Product Partnerships, Google (formerly APAC)
    • Axel Kaiser - Executive Director of think tank Fundación Para el Progreso
    • Raghuram Rajan - Professor of Finance and Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
    • Zalmay Khalilzad - Former US Ambassador to the UN, Afghanistan and Iraq

    Register for the summit here and follow us on Facebook for more speaker updates.

  • January 24, 2018 9:38 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)
    On the occasion of the Industry 4.0 ThinkTank event, the government of Quebec invites you to a networking breakfast with industry leaders around the topic of the Transition to Industry 4.0 in highly regulated industry sectors.

    RSVP by January 30th (online registration)

    For information, please contact Leslie Westfal at +1-312-310-2400, or  
    Thursday, February 1st, 2018
    7:00 to 8:30 a.m.
    Ace Hotel - Form Room
    311 N Morgan St - Chicago, IL 60607

    Click here to register:

  • August 30, 2017 2:04 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    TOPIC >

    Renegotiating NAFTA, What's on the Table

    DATE >

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    TIME >

    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. U.S. CDT

    LEARN >

    The US, Mexico and Canada will engage in substantial negotiation to shape the terms in which the NAFTA region, (one of the most competitive regions in the world) will compete not only among themselves but with the rest of the world.

    Three experts from Mexico, Canada and the United States will share their insights, current viewpoints, and negotiating positions of their respective countries, as well as the potential outcomes of one of the toughest commercial negotiations the members of NAFTA have ever faced. The results of these negotiations will most likely lay the foundation for the role this region will play in the near future.

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    To Register*
    Click here
    Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the conference.*


    About the Presenters

      Hugo Cuesta Leaño
      Cuesta Campos
      y Asociados, S.C.
      Mexico City, MEXICO

    Hugo Cuesta joined Cuesta Campos in 1986 and since 2008 has been the Managing Partner. He has focused his practice in international business transactions. His extensive corporate background comprises foreign investment, M&A, banking & finance and corporate law.

      Didier Culat
      BCF LLP
      Québec City, Québec

    Didier Culat has acted in financings and commercial transactions with international or cross-border implications and in securities law. He has particular experience in cross-border transactions and the implementation of wholesale and retail financing programs for financial institutions.

      Brian Walsh
      Barnes, Richardson
      & Colburn, LLP
      Chicago, Illinois USA


    Brian Walsh is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLC, a Meritas member firm which limits its practice to the areas of U.S. Customs, Export Control and International Trade Law. Since the implementation of the NAFTA, Mr. Walsh has been actively involved in advising companies on NAFTA compliance, including whether goods traded within the NAFTA region qualify for preferential treatment under the NAFTA rules of origin, representing companies in NAFTA origin verifications, audits and investigations and filing numerous prior disclosures to protect companies from the potential assessment of penalties in cases in which preferential treatment was mistakenly or incorrectly claimed.

  • April 20, 2017 3:00 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    CLE Program: Compliance & Enforcement in International Trade

    CLE: approx. 2 hours

    $25 general registration.
    Free for JMLS students and faculty.

    Panelists will address areas of supply-chain risk, including new concerns involving the Enforce & Protect Act, False Claims Act cases, and sanctions. Panelists will also discuss the enforcement of intellectual property at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    3:15 p.m. | Panel 1: Current issues of IPR Enforcement at the Border

    R. Kevin Williams
    Clark Hill PLC

    Kenneth R. Adamo (LLM '89)
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Dax Terrill Senior Attorney-Advisor, Intellectual Property Rights Branch, Office of International Trade
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    4:20 p.m. | Panel 2: New Potential Liabilities for Importers and Exporters

    Lawrence Friedman (JD '89, LLM '01)
    Barnes Richardson and Colburn, LLP

    Matthew K. Organ
    Goldberg Kohn

    Joan A. Koenig
    Drinker Biddle


  • April 20, 2017 2:00 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    A Conversation with Hon. Jennifer Choe-Groves

    Join us for a conversation with Hon. Jennifer Choe-Groves about her transition from private and government practice to the judiciary and practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade.

    Moderated by:

    Lawrence Friedman (JD '89, LLM '01)
    Barnes Richardson and Colburn, LLP

    About the Dominick L. DiCarlo Lecture Series
    Established in 2001 in honor of Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo, who served as a federal judge from 1984–1999, the Dominick L. DiCarlo U.S. Court of International Trade Lecture Series welcomes a judge from the U.S. Court of International Trade to lecture on the role of the federal courts in shaping and litigating customs and trade law disputes. Previous lecture topics include “Designating Non-Market Economies Under U.S. Trade Laws: Can There Be a Free Market Economy Where There Is No Free Marketplace of Ideas?,” “Trade Adjustment Assistance: The Human Face of the Court of International Trade,” and “Litigating Customs and Trade Disputes 30 Years after the Customs Courts Act of 1980 and the Effect of Judicial Review in the Future.”

  • April 10, 2017 8:00 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)



    Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program, presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

    Online grant applications will be accepted through May 26, 2017.

    Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. The 2017 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies to implement an export plan. The grant will reimburse 50% of eligible expenses related to the plan. More information about eligibility and application process can be found at

    Metro Chicago Exports is an unprecedented regional collaboration in Northeastern Illinois with the primary goal to increase exports from SMEs and support regional job growth.

     Apply now at!

    Copyright © 2017 Metro Chicago Exports, All rights reserved.

  • February 14, 2017 10:48 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    To whom it may concern,


    Please find the following information regarding three Call for Bids in Argentina regarding:

    1. Aquaculture's project
    2. Satellites technology
    3. Climate-related events
    1. Innovation in Aquaculture

    Surveys conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) show that  in  2014 aquaculture accounts for more than 50% of total world fish supply. The demand arising from this sector grows at an approximate rate of 10% per year, but the supply only grows at 7%.


    In 2015, the production reached 101 million tons. Unlike catch fisheries, it has practically not increased since 1985. According to FAO reports, Argentina has the largest extension of sea suitable for aquaculture production purposes in Multi-trophic Integrated Aquaculture Farms; in turn, it highlights the potential of our country for Aquaculture production.


    The Project "Innovation in Aquaculture" focuses on the design, development and installation of an Integrated Multi-trophic Marine Farm; in other words, the cultivation of several species in sea.


    This initiative seeks to offer solutions for the production of animal protein in a sustainable way, by means of R&D&I.


    In this farm, steelheads, Macrocystis algae and blue mussels -or other similar species- will be grown, while working in the study, repopulation and possible fattening of ground-fish. This project will have a great benefit to the sector, as it will be the first project of its kind in South America and one of the few in the world; being unique in considering the study and value addition of native benthic species and development of the value chain.

    The selection of the Puerto Almanza, Tierra del Fuego zone, is based on:

    1. Proximity to the airport and port as distribution points for the products for export or domestic market.
    2. Unique place with remarkable conditions not only for capturing blue mussel seeds but also for fattening and growth.
    3. Proximity to a high quality freshwater source in communication with the sea coast.
    4. Space with optimal tide and harbor conditions for marine production.


    Argentina has marine resources, marketing and production capabilities to develop a responsible and worldwide production. We are confident that the path of food production must be guided by sustainability and based on genuine resources and capabilities. The call is open until 21 March 2017, to know more visit this page:

    2.  Technology for the national production of satellites

    Argentina, like the world s leading countries with advanced spatial planning, should be able to build and launch its own Satellites. The path to mastering this technology pushes the limits of the scientific, technical and industrial fields to attain high levels of excellence that have a positive impact on other sectors. Given the characteristics of the space sector -in terms of high technological risk and high associated investment- the public sector should promote actions to facilitate greater involvement of the private sector, thus promoting not only the creation of a balanced development ecosystem but also knowledge generation.


    The results of the application of new technologies in countries that develop spatial activities, have promoted high added value developments in their production chain. Argentina ranks among the countries that face the challenge of positioning themselves as spatial countries, while aiming at the growth and creation of new companies.


    In this line, the National Committee for Space Activities (CONAE) is implementing the National Spatial Plan, targeting the development of technology related to space activities, which is essential to enable the access to information and technological advance to increase the productivity and competitiveness of social, economic and productive sectors of the country, promote the development of national industry, and expand its scope of participation at the international level.


    The strategic project Technology for national production of satellites aims at supporting the National Spatial Plan, by promoting the growth of SMEs specialized in the sector and generating new scientific, technological and industrial knowledge.


    The initiative seeks to improve capacity building for the development of national parts of satellites through:

    The promotion of specific scientific knowledge of the satellite sector.


    The development of experimental prototypes that serve as the basis of knowledge for the subsequent final production in the satellite sector:

    •  Gimbal
    •  CPU Module for on-board computer 
    •  Input/output module for on-board computer
    •  Pyro-mechanical detonators and actuators 
    •  Batteries 

    This intervention has high strategic and logistic value, since the substitution of imports and independence from market timing for procurement purposes, will cause a spill over effect in other industrial and productive areas by enhancing the diversification of each development. The call is open until April 3rd, 2017, to know more visit the following page:


    3.  Technology applied to predicts disasters 

    According to the Office of Disaster Risk Reduction of the UN, in the last 20 years, 90% of global disasters were caused by floods, storms, heat waves and other climate-related events.


    Argentina is no exception: since 1950 to date the 10 natural disasters which had a violent impact on the country are mostly related to climate disasters. Storms in Argentina have serious social and economic impacts both in agricultural regions and in urban and suburban areas. Floods, hail, electrical activity, bursts and tornados are common phenomena in the Argentine territory.


    Advancing from the alert after observing a phenomenon in the radar to the alert after a prediction based on the storm scale, requires three fundamental pillars, which must be built on cutting-edge technological infrastructure:

    •    Adequate observational information.
    •    Quality numerical forecasts.
    •    Mathematical tools that facilitate the assimilation of the observations in numerical models and  probabilistic forecasts.

    Improving response time allows mobilizing a greater number of resources to the possible affected areas, and therefore has a smaller impact on the population. This project intends to continue developing a tool that may be used to generate short-term numerical forecasts of the evolution of deep convection in the atmosphere.


    This Call has the following aims:

    1. To develop a technological platform that facilitates supplying forecast services by means of high-resolution arrays (5 km or more) throughout Argentina (basic infrastructure and numerical modelling system).
    2. Incorporate technologies applied to communication and visualization of meteorological data, forecasts and real-time and operative alerts (alert and communication platforms and systems).
    3. Develop capacities related to forecast systems by means of high-resolution arrays (training and research strategies).

    Greater precision in the forecasting of severe weather events and early warning of these phenomena issued to the productive and/ or social sectors is essential for decision making in order to promote production and minimize associated losses.


    The call is open until 21 March 2017, to know more visit this page (In Spanish):


    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate contacting us.


    Best regards,

    Romina Giffi

     Economic and Commercial Section

    Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago

    205 N. Michigan Ave, suite 4208

    Chicago, IL 60601

    Tel: (312) 819-2615

    Fax: (312) 819-2612

  • February 07, 2017 5:15 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    We would like to invite you and anyone affiliated with the International Trade Club of Chicago to an upcoming University of Chicago Institute of Politics event on "The Future of Trade" under the Trump Administration. Former New York Times columnist Jackie Calmes will be moderating a conversation on the subject with former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. 


    What is the likely future of global trade, and trade agreements, under a president whose anti-trade talk was central to his campaign appeal? Will Trump, backed by trade skeptics in both parties, end the United States’ decades-long leadership role in setting the rules of the global road on trade, defy the market forces driving globalization and perhaps provoke a trade war? What is the fallout – for the economy and America’s global standing -- of abandoning the TPP and NAFTA, and, more generally, of throwing up new tariffs and trade barriers to foreign goods? Join the IOP as it welcomes former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Director of Research at the Economic Policy Institute Josh Bivens for a discussion moderated by Visiting Fellow Jackie Calmes on these and other questions about trade and the US economy.

    To register (free): CLICK HERE

  • May 26, 2016 8:00 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    The sixth edition of Smart City Expo World Congress(SCEWC) will be held in Barcelona on November 15-172016 (

    Following in the footsteps of the success of the five previous editions, SCEWC has become the premiere international event convening the world’s leading experts on smart cities. Business leaders, municipalities, innovative thinkers and key decision makers from all around the world gather to share insights, results and strategies for tackling the challenges facing cities globally. SCEWC showcases the latest thinking on Technology, IoT, Smart Society, Governance, Energy, Sustainability, Mobility, Resilience, Urban Planning and Security.

    The 2015 edition brought together: 14,000+ professional attendees from 93 countries (+ 30% over 2014), 485 exhibiting companies (+76% over 2014), 568 cities (+30% over 2014).

    Partners of SCEWC include:

    • Citieslike New York, London, Tel-Aviv, Kyoto, Shanghai, Mumbai, Seoul, Medellin, Rio, Montreal, Chicago, DC, Philadelphia, Dublin, Copenhagen.
    • Partnerssuch as IBM, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, CISCO, Thyssen Krupp, Audi, Engie, Fiware, SAP, Siemens, Silver Spring Networks.
    • Supporting institutionslike: UN Habitat, the World Bank, the Department of Commerce of the US Government, UKTI.

    Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 offers:

    • Exhibit hall and Smart City Plaza: International visibility and exposure, showcasing the most innovative solutions,
    • Marketplace: a platform for one-to-one meetings with potential partners and city officials/buyers from 500+ cities worldwide,

    Speaking opportunities

    • Call for Papers, Call for Solutions and Call for Smart City Awards
    • VIP Networking activities: Mayor’s Dinner, CIO Meeting, Workshops and side events.
    For more information please click on the following links:
  • May 23, 2016 11:59 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    Metro Chicago Exports and The State of Illinois assist businesses in growing. Grants are available, and in certain instances, can be used attend trade shows outside of the United States

    Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program is now accepting applications through May 27, 2016.

    Small and medium-sized companies located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties that are existing exporters or new-to-export with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply.

    The single-round 2016 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in the seven-county region to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan.  

    In fall 2016, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding. Information about the pitch fest will be shared at a later date.

    Kick-off your Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program application by completing the form at Companies that pass the Client Assessment phase will then be invited to submit more comprehensive information about their plans to go global.

    For more information about the Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program

    The State of Illinois is a national leader in providing export assistance to its business community.  It was among the first states to organize a network of foreign trade offices and regional export assistance centers across the state.

    Based in Chicago, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Trade and Investment is staffed by Senior International Trade Specialists who are ready to partner with you to help you develop and implement your export marketing plan.

    The 10 regional foreign trade offices bring local market experience and expertise to assist Illinois companies in developing the relationships necessary for successful export partnerships.  The foreign offices also provide assistance including market research, trade show support, matchmaking, and logistics.

    The Office of Trade and Investment provides Illinois’ small and medium sized businesses with the technical and financial assistance they need to succeed in the global marketplace.

    The ISTEP program, Illinois' premier export assistance program, facilitated 195 company exporting projects to 34 unique country markets in 2015.  These projects range from sales missions to compliance objectives.  In total these company missions generated over $5 million dollars in onsite sales revenue and estimated over $126 million dollars in future sales revenue.

    ISTEP applications are accepted on an ongoing first come first serve basis.

    There are 4 ways that our office, through ISTEP, can help you grow your export business.

    1. Individual Foreign Market Sales Missions: We can provide a grant for individual company tradeshow participation or B2B matchmaking services. OTI can reimburse 25 – 75% for exhibit and travel costs, for one traveler, up to $7500.
    2. Group Trade Missions: For target markets and industries OTI lead trade missions provide: booth space, travel, logistics, matchmaking, and briefings. We cover 100% of exhibit costs and provide reimbursement of 25 – 75% of travel costs for two travelers up to $5000.
    3. Product Certification: If your product or processes need certifications, like CE or ISO 9001, to enter a foreign market, an ISTEP grant can help cover 50% of the cost, up to $3000.
    4. Marketing Assistance: Financial Assistance is available for website development targeting a specific foreign market. It includes translation and site development for country specific branding. An ISTEP grant can cover 50% of the cost up to $3000.

    For more information about ISTEP:

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