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USTR to Welcome Collaboration by APEC and the World Bank to Enhance Food Safety and Facilitate Food Trade - 5/18

May 17, 2011


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UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

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FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Contact: Amanda Scott

May 17, 2011 ascott@ustr.eop.gov

***MEDIA EVENT ADVISORY***

 

USTR to Welcome Collaboration by

APEC and the World Bank to Enhance Food Safety and Facilitate Food Trade

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

SIGNING EVENT VIDEO FEED: 9:00 a.m. MDT

LIVE PRESS AVAILABILITY: 10:00 a.m. MDT

Big Sky, MT. – At an event in Big Sky, Montana, at 9:00 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, May 18, Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis will welcome the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum and the World Bank to collaborate on food safety capacity building (training) programs designed to enhance food safety and to facilitate trade throughout the Asia Pacific region.

A live video feed of the 9:00 a.m. signing event will be made available in the APEC Press Filing Center in the Lone Peak Café at the Big Sky Resort.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., participants in the signing ceremony will be available for questions in the Press Filing Center. Please note that due to space constraints, coverage of the 9:00 a.m. event is via video feed only.

WHO: Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Deputy United States Trade Representative

APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum Co-Chairs:

Mr. Steve McCutcheon, CEO Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Dr. Lin Wei, Deputy Director General, Import Export Food Safety Bureau, AQSIQ

Ms. Inger Andersen, Vice President for Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Ambassador Muhamad Noor, APEC Executive Director

Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, United States Food and Drug Administration

Ms. Pamela Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association

WHAT: Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum and the World Bank

And Press Availability

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

9:00 a.m. MDT - Signing Available Via Video Feed to Press Filing Center

10:00 a.m. MDT – Press Availability with Participants

WHERE: Big Sky Resort

Press Filing Center – Lone Peak Café

Big Sky, Montana

NOTE TO MEDIA: Opening remarks will be available in hard-copy form in the press filing center at the beginning of the event.

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