On Friday, April 26, USUBC members had a meeting with Betsy Hafner, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Russia and Eurasia, and her colleagues in Ag (SPS), TBT, and IPR in USTR office in Washington. 

Betsy Hafner has been handling trade and investment issues related to Ukraine for many years.  Betsy is planning a series of meetings in Kyiv in late May and USUBC members provided an update from their industries and companies before she leaves for Ukraine.

The meeting with USUBC members touched the issues and concerns that US companies have and would like for the U.S. government to consider bringing up during Betsy’s next visit to Ukraine in late May. 

In the picture left to right:  Anjam Aziz, Director for Innovation and IP, USTR; Christine Brown,  Director for TBT Affairs, USTR; Betsy Hafner, Deputy Assistant USTR for Russia and Eurasia; Betsy Flores, Deputy Director for Agriculture, USTR; Eric Hontz, Program Officer, Eurasia, Center for International, Private Enterprise (CIPE); Daniel H. Van Hulle, Program Product Manager, Northrop Grumman; Christopher Giles, Partner, Culhane Meadows PLLC; Glyn Cozart Chaney, Consultant, APCO Worldwide

USTR team also mentioned some issues of concern already identified by USTR, including WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Agriculture (Sanitary and Phytosanitary Certificate), WTO refund, Eco-Design regulation etc.  USUBC members appreciate a great opportunity of having a dialogue with USTR. 

In the picture left to right: Irina Paliashvili, President and Senior Counsel, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group; Morgan Williams, President & CEO, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC); Stephanie Murphy, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade, Bayer U.S - Crop Science Division

The following companies participated in this event in Washington: APCO Worldwide; Culhane Meadows PLLC;  Bunge North America; CIPE; Eli Lilly & Company; Philip Morris International; McLarty Associates; Baker McKenzie LLP; Bayer U.S.-Crop Science Division; RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group; Shell; Northrop Grumman; McCarter & English LLP; MKW Group, LLC; 

Betsy Hafner, USTR and Morgan Williams, USUBC  co-moderated the meeting.