San Francisco Global Trade Council Programs


Friday, May 20
Breakfast Briefing: Bulgaria



H.E. James Warlick, US Ambassador to Bulgaria
H.E. E. Elena Poptodorova, Bulgarian Ambassador to the US
Borislav Stefanov, Executive Director, InvestBulgaria
Peter Litghow, AES and President of the American Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria
Atanas Garov, Colliers International and Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria
Alex Nestor, Dundee and Member of American Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria Board
Nikolay Valov, Commercial Officer, Bulgarian Embassy, Washington, DC
Scott Pozil, Commercial Office, US Embassy, Bulgaria
Representative of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency 


Monday, May 23
Executive Briefing: Azerbaijan

H.E. Ali Abbasov, Minister of Technology, Azerbaijan
Hon. Elin Suleymanov, Consul General, Azerbaijan, Los Angeles



Wednesday, May 25
Roundtable: Jordan

Sanford Owens, Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Jordan
Delegation of Jordanian CEO’s focused on Jordanian tourism


Roundtable Briefing
US-Russia Trade Relations
Elizabeth Hafner, Director for Russia and Eurasia
US Trade Representative, Washington, DC

Monday April 11
3 PM--4PM
San Francisco Global Trade Council
50 Fremont Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco

The "reset" of relations between Russia and the US has led to improved bilateral relations between our countries, however, as President Obama has noted, our economic relationship is less robust than it should be--Russia is our 37th largest trading partner, lagging far behind other countries.

Russia has declared a goal of joining the World Trade Organization this year.  Ms. Hafner and her team are engaging with Russia on the controversial 2010 Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus Custom Union, IPR issues, barriers to US agricultural exports and IT products that contain cryptographic capabilities.

Ms. Hafner joined USTR in 2006 and spent two and half years as lead US negotiator on the WTO accessions of a number of applicant countries in Central Asia, south eastern Europe and North Africa. She now serves in the Office of Europe and Middle East where her portfolio includes Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.

Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Hafner was a partner in the law firm of Powell, Goldstein in Washington, DC, and served in the General Counsel’s office of the US International Trade Commission where she advised the Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.

Ms. Hafner holds a BA in History from University of California, Berkeley, a JD from Boston University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Please join us for an interesting discussion. Light refreshments, including a Nicaraguan Family Farm coffee tasting. Please note that RSVP's are required for our building's security. Your name will be held at the Reception Desk in the Front Lobby.




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