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Impact of Trade Agreements, NAFTA & Brexit for Digital Entrepreneurs (Hosted by Tech Bay Area Advocates)
Join Tech Bay Area Advocates for a full lunch as our esteemed panel of political leaders from Canada, Mexico and the UK discuss the implications of renegotiated and modernized trade agreements (including NAFTA) and the UK's departure from the EU (Brexit) will have on entrepreneurs.
As part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, the Trump administration has pushed for an increase in the threshold value Canadians can buy online without paying import duties and taxes, potentially creating a massive opportunity for US entrepreneurs as Canadian consumers could save 25% for online purchases. Coupled with Canadian millennials purchasing online at a 2-4x rate of older generations, there could soon be a massive opportunity for US businesses.
Join us for a thought provoking discussion about the implications of a renegotiated trade agreement landscape on your business.
Mexican Consul General Gemi Gonzalez Lopez, PhD, is formerly the General Director of Government Relations and Deputy Attorney General of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in Mexico. He holds several degrees and post-doc work from top Universities in Madrid, Mexico City, Harvard and Georgetown. He is the author of the book – The Mexican Political System, 2004.
Canadian Consul General Rana Sarkar, appointed in 2017, is a member of Canada’s NAFTA Advisory Council. He was KPMG’s National Director of High Growth Markets & India, and Co-founded then successfully existed Content Partners. He attended the London School of Economics & INSEAD Executive Program in France.
British Consul General Andrew Whittaker was appointed in 2016. He is the former Deputy Director of CERT-UK, the UK’s National Cyber Security Team and Deputy Head of the UK Crisis Management Dept, managing the UK response to international incidents. He holds an MA with honors from the University of Cambridge.
Tech Bay Area Advocates is the Silicon Valley through North Bay hub of Global Tech Advocates, a coalition of over 6,000 tech experts, leaders and investors in 50 countries. Honored to host this lunch with the esteemed Consuls General, the goal is to plan how we will promote and champion tech entrepreneurs across borders. See Tech Bay Area Advocates for information on how to access this network and become an Advocate.
Event includes catered lunch by Agave Uptown, Zagat rated, gourmet Oaxacan restaurant.