Celico to talk U.S.-China trade relations at Northeast Cargo Symposium Nov. 6

PROVIDENCE – Westerly native Amy P. Celico will be the keynote speaker at the 18th annual Northeast Cargo Symposium in Providence on Nov. 6.

Celico is the principal of global business consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group, which was founded and led by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

Held by The Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, also known as CONECT, the symposium is geared toward importers, exporters and related services. It will focus on trade disputes and feature industry experts and policymakers.

Celico will speak on the prospects for United States-China trade negotiations. She previously served in the following positions: senior director for China affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; deputy director of the Office of the Chinese Economic Area at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and vice consul for economic affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.

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Peter Friedman, CONECT’s Washington, D.C., counsel, will present an update. Other confirmed speakers include: Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Amy Elmore, director of international logistics, Bob’s Discount Furniture; Barb Secor, senior director global trade compliance, Thermo Fisher Scientific; and Steve Banker, vice president, supply chain management, ARC Advisory Group.

CONECT is a nonprofit, member-based business association for companies involved in international trade and/or transportation. It has more than 1,200 members.

The daylong symposium will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Graduate Providence hotel on Dorrance Street. Event registration can be made here.

The regular registration rate, good until Oct. 28, is $359 for CONECT members and $609 for nonmembers. The nonmember price includes a one-year CONECT membership.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.

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