From trade to foreign direct investment, and from technology to supply-chain resiliency, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity could lead to benefits far beyond nations and states that border the Pacific Ocean.

Join us noon Central Time Wednesday, June 29, for the latest in a series of free webinars on Wisconsin and trade produced by, and the Wisconsin Technology Council. The groups launched a joint Trade Policy Initiative in the spring of 2021.

Guests for the panel discussion are Ralph Inforzato, chief executive director of the Japan External Trade Organization in Chicago; John Ohnesorge, professor and director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School; and Katy Sinnott, vice president of Global Trade and Investment at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. All three have hands-on experience in Pacific Rim trade and economics.

Announced by the White House in late May, the Indo-Pacific pact includes 12 initial partners in addition to the United States: Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Together, those countries represent 40% of world gross domestic product.

While not a multi-lateral trade agreement, the Indo-Pacific pact will help the United States and its allies decide on rules of the road to ensure that American businesses, technologists, farmers and ranchers can compete fairly in the region.

Tech Council President Tom Still will moderate; Jeff Mayers of will host.


“We’re excited to hear from three experts with hands-on experience in Pacific Rim trade and economics, and who can discuss what the pact might mean for America’s Heartland,” Still said.

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