Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressing the NFTC Board of Directors. With her are President Bill Reinsch and Chairman Alan Wolff.
WTO Director General Robert Azevedo speaks to NFTC members at a special luncheon in honor of the NFTC Centennial
The 2014 Advancing International Trade Award from the international trade educators’ group NASBITE International.
Ambassador Bill Brock delivers Keynote address at the NFTC 100th Birthday Reception, May 28, 2014
Master of Ceremonies Bill Lane, Caterpillar, NFTC 100th Birthday Reception, May 28, 2014
NFTC President Bill Reinsch accepts President’s E Star Award from Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt
GLOBAL TRADE AWARD presented to Bill Sheridan, Vice President International, Human Resources Services, NFTC by Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, NY District Export Council, WTW NYC Liaison.
Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson addressing NFTC members on Innovation and Investment in Ireland.
NFTC President Bill Reinsch being interviewed by RTE Irish Television
“Return of the Celtic Tiger” panelists.
Bill Reinsch, NFTC President; Alan Wolff, Chairman NFTC; Ambassador of Sweden, Bjorn Lyrvall; and Norm Bafunno, Toyota USA
Former USTR Amb. Carla Hills as Master of Ceremonies for the 100th World Trade Dinner.
The Centennial World Trade Dinner was held Dec. 3, 2014 at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
Senator Orrin Hatch accepting the World Trade Award at the Centennial World Trade Dinner.
White House Sr. Policy Advisor Valerie Jarrett introducing the Presidential Video Address at the World Trade Dinner
Senator Rob Portman, a former USTR, speaking at the NFTC World Trade Dinner
President Obama on the big screen, addressing the audience at the NFTC 100th World Trade Dinner
NFTC President Jake Colvin presents the Trade Leadership in the Digital Age Award to GE’s Karan Bhatia
The NFTC staff experts presenting their analyses at the annual NFTC Trade and Tax Forecast event
NFTC President Bill Reinsch delivering opening remarks at the annual NFTC Trade and Tax Forecast event.
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As NFTC turns 100, we thought it would be fun to look back at various milestones in our history, and the history of trade policy, to see how far we've come and to track themes of the past, which still resonate today and into the future.

December 15, 1993: The Uruguay Round of trade negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) concluded after seven years, resulting in an agreement among 117 countries (including the United States) to reduce trade barriers and to create more comprehensive and enforceable world trade rules. The agreement was formally signed in April 1994, and passed by the U.S. Congress in December that year. It led to the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on January 1, 1995, with GATT remaining as the underlying framework of the WTO agreements.

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