World Trade Centers Association Honored For Dedication To International Trade And Investment By Diane Farrell, Acting Under Secretary Of The United States Department Of Commerce

Certificate of Appreciation presented virtually at the 2021 WTCA Members’ Forum

NEW YORK, 22 November 2021 / CNW / – The Association of World Trade Centers (WTCA) – a global network of over 300 highly connected and mutually supportive businesses and organizations – was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for its timeless dedication to intercultural understanding, international trade and investment by the International Trade Administration (ITA). The award was presented by Diane farrell, the Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Under Secretary for International Trade of the US Department of Commerce, as well as the US Commercial Service New York and ITA teams. The WTCA John E. Drew, Chairman of the Board of Directors; and Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director-Business Development, accepted the award on behalf of the association during the WTCA 2021 Member Forum, where nearly 600 participants gathered virtually at 117 World Trade Center locations in 50 countries around the world.

John E. Drew of the WTCA, Chairman of the Board; and Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director – Business Development, accepted the certification of appreciation on behalf of the association at the WTCA 2021 Members’ Forum from Diane Farrell, Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Under Secretary for International Trade of the US Department of Commerce, as well as with the US Commercial Service New York and ITA teams.

“Established in 2002, the certificate recognizes foreign business partners, trade associations, US government agencies and other qualified recipients for supporting the development of US exports and creating opportunities for US businesses through trade,” said Diane farrell during the handover ceremony. “A valued partner of the US Commercial Service New York for over 20 years, the WTCA is today recognized for its unwavering dedication and success in promoting international business in the face of adversity. Similar to the resilience of the association after the tragic events of September 11th, the global network has come together in ‘one WTCA’ throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – sharing resources, best practices and strategies to help their local economies – symbolizing strength, hope, prosperity and resilience in these uncertain times. “

The WTCA and its global network of World Trade Center member companies are dedicated to facilitating global trade. A World Trade Center location can provide businesses with access to international trade services and facilities, organize trade delegations, or facilitate trade by bringing together government and industry offices. The WTCA partners with leading organizations and initiatives such as the Global Trade Helpdesk, which is jointly developed by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Trade Center (ITC). As an active participant in the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact), the WTCA is also synonymous with environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and brings together companies to support the The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, during the pandemic, the WTCA hosted three virtual global events rooted in global commerce and introduced an artificial intelligence (AI) -based B2B matchmaking platform to facilitate the virtual networking component of the programs to connect participants in a new environment, and launched it’s new WTCA Trade Wins Podcast series, which features stimulating conversations with leading experts to navigate today’s changing environment.

“On behalf of the WTCA and its members, I am honored to accept this certificate,” said John E. Drew, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the WTCA. “We would like to thank Diane farrell from the United States Department of Commerce, and the ITA and US Commercial Service New York teams, for this great recognition. It has been a pleasure to partner with these organizations over the past two decades, and we look forward to expanding our relationship to further highlight the important role trade plays in our national economy. “

Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director of Business Development, said, “We are touched by this recognition and greatly appreciate our partnership with the ITA and the US Commercial Service teams serving the world. activity and an efficient global network facilitating day-to-day business. We are an incredibly diverse organization made up of an ecosystem of economic development agencies, real estate developers, universities, logistics centers, airports, free zones, conference and exhibition centers, and more. goes out to all of our members for their hard work over the years to reaffirm our association’s mission to connect globally and thrive locally. “

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About the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 300 highly connected and mutually supporting businesses and organizations in 91 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these marks which Members may use in conjunction with their iconic independent commercial properties, facilities and services. Through a strong portfolio of events, programs and resources it offers to its members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment through the world through member engagement. To find out more, visit www.wtca.org.

International Trade Administration (ITA)
The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the primary resource for US companies competing in the global market. ITA has more than 2,200 employees who support US exporters in more than 100 US cities and 75 markets around the world. The US Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the International Trade Administration, part of the US Department of Commerce. For more information on the ITA and the US Commercial Service, visit www.trade.gov.

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