Tag Archives: Africa

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of December 7, 2020

Last week, the United Kingdom (UK) moved forward with its first inoculations of the approved Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  The United States (US) approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Friday, 11 December, and will begin inoculations this coming week.  The European Union (EU) continues to stress safety over speed in its vaccine approval process and has yet … Continue Reading

Transition 2020 | Biden and Trade: Africa Policy Shifts Back to Traditional US Engagement

President-Elect Joe Biden’s campaign platform pledged the US would renew a “mutually respectful engagement toward Africa with a bold strategy.” His immediate focus, however, will be to tackle domestic matters like COVID-19 and the economy. Initial engagement with Africa may therefore be conducted through combatting the pandemic, bilaterally and multilaterally, and via the Global Health … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 30, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. 12:30 p.m. EST – The President has lunch with the Vice President | Private Dining Room… Continue Reading

Multinational Companies: Are You Engaged in the Global Tax Policymaking Process? Now is the Time

On October 12, 2020, the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Inclusive Framework on BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) announced its plans for tackling digitalization related tax challenges going into middle of 2021 and likely beyond. The analysis below summarizes the work plan’s “two pillars”, next steps in the process and potential risk … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 6, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled at the White House. VPOTUS’ Schedule* THE VICE PRESIDENT​ has no public … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 1, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change, as is the White House press briefing schedule.  1:05 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – September 26, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. 3:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a greeting with Evangelical Faith Leaders | Oval Office 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – September 25, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. 11:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a Latinos for Trump Roundtable | Doral, FL 12:05 p.m. EDT … Continue Reading

EXPERT PROFILE: “How I Got Here: Frank Wisner” by Foreign Affairs Magazine

Since 1962, Squire Patton Boggs has represented the interests of over 100 sovereign governments and sovereign-owned entities. Success in this unique practice originates from our combination of deeply substantive international legal counsel, sharpened by the powerful political considerations offered by former diplomats and other officials who understand the difficult balance governments must strike between aligning … Continue Reading

Congressional Hearings Will Focus on the State and Defense Department’s FY 2018 Budgets, While the Senate Focuses on an Iran Sanctions Bill

Most of Washington was focused on last Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, where former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey testified about circumstances that may have contributed to his termination.  President Trump announced on Wednesday that he was nominating Christopher Wray to serve as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations … Continue Reading

President Trump Signed New Executive Orders Last Week, Focused on Trade and Energy; The President Will Host the Leaders of Egypt, Jordan and China This Week, While Congress Continues to Focus on Iran, Russia and North Korea

President Donald Trump will welcome Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan to the White House this week. He is expected to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping to Mar-a-Lago later in the week. President Trump met last Thursday with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. According to the White House, the two … Continue Reading

Congress Focuses on a Short-Term CR and Possibly Overriding the JASTA Veto; Washington Hosts the AGOA Summit This Week

President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly last week, giving his final speech to the Assembly. He also participated in the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum events in New York City. The White House released a fact sheet last Wednesday on U.S.-Africa cooperation with respect to trade and investment during the Obama … Continue Reading

President Obama To Address the U.N. General Assembly and Participate in Refugee- and Africa-Focused Events in New York City; The U.S. Congress Focuses on North Korea, Iran, South Sudan and the South China Sea, Apart From Funding the U.S. Government

U.S. President Barack Obama is in New York City for his speech to the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) this week, as well as attend the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum.  Secretary of the U.S. Department of State John Kerry is also in New York City this week, meeting on the margins of … Continue Reading

President Obama Looks Ahead To His 10th Trip Go Asia, After Hosting The Nordic Leaders Last Week; The House Will Debate The NDAA This Week, While the Senate Committee Markup Wrapped Last Week; Secretary Kerry Travels to Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Belgium

Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted the Nordic Leaders Summit in Washington, with the Leaders affirming shared fundamental values and areas of collaboration, while also spotlighting Russia’s military activities in the Baltic Sea region and confirming multilateral sanctions imposed on Russia will remain in place.  Secretary of State John Kerry attended the Global Anti-Corruption Summit … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on a North Korea Sanctions Bill, While the House Focuses on Oversight Hearings; President Obama Hosts Italian President Mattarella and Releases His Budget Proposal; With the TPP Agreement Signed, Republicans Warns of Slow Congressional Process

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House last Thursday, while U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal that day in New Zealand.  Some Republican Members warned that despite the U.S. signature the congressional process may take some time.  Last Tuesday, after missing an EU … Continue Reading

Washington Seeks to Protect the Homeland from the Rapidly Spreading Zika Virus; Ambassador Froman Heads to the TPP Signing Ceremony; Safe Harbor Negotiators Fail to Meet EU Deadline

Historic snowfall levels kept the U.S. Federal Government from officially reopening until Wednesday of last week.  President Barack Obama, however, met the day before with his health and national security teams to discuss the rapid spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas and steps being taken to protect U.S. citizens.  The President … Continue Reading

Congress Returns Ready to Scrutinize Any P5+1 Agreement Reached with Iran; Ex-Im Bank Charter Expires, Possible Congressional Action in July; and the NDAA and Customs Bills are Expected to be Conferenced in July

Iran As was expected, the P5+1 countries agreed last week to extend their voluntary deadline for finalizing a comprehensive deal with Iran over its nuclear program by one week to 7 July. At a White House press briefing, President Obama acknowledged that hard negotiations remain, but it will ultimately be up to the Iranians to … Continue Reading

Senate to Act on Trade Measures, including TPA; Secretary of Defense to Attend NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting This Week in Brussels, While Ceasefire Violations Continue in Eastern Ukraine

TPA Moves Separately, Senate Vote Sequencing Outlined After the House Rules Committee approved a vote on a standalone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill – unlinking it from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that previously failed in a vote – the House passed the measure last Thursday by a vote of 218 to 208. This … Continue Reading
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