First ever forum meets in Columbia
By John Temple LigonTemple@TheColumbiaStar.com
The S.C. International Trade Coalition opens the exhibits and begins registration for its S.C. Global Business Forum Tuesday, April 24, at 8 am in the convention center on Lincoln Street.
Columbia Mayor Bob Coble will welcome the audience at 9 am, and following Coble, S.C. Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor will open the discussions.
After introductions of the trade coalition members and sponsors, David Hemmings, president of Pacific Rim Alliance, will speak on globalization opportunities for U.S. companies. Panel discussions on cross- border trade take place until lunch.
The keynote luncheon speaker is Leslie Schweitzer, trade advisor with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Her topic is "The Impact of Free Trade Agreements in the Global Marketplace."
The afternoon programs mostly concern trade with Asia/Pacific markets, including Australia. The final program is on trade for S.C. companies, delivered by Dr. Doug Woodward, director of research at the Moore School, USC.
Ninety minutes of networking will take over the floor until 6:30 pm, the conclusion of the day's schedule.
The Columbia Star will spend the day at the S.C. Global Business Forum and report in these pages next week.