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Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres of Market Access International, Inc. to Speak at World Trade Day Conference 2017

World Trade Center Atlanta Event to Feature Keynote Address by
Matthew T. McGuire, Former U.S.Executive Director of The World Bank Group
Governor Deal Proclaims Conference Date as World Trade Day in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA. (April 2017) – Leaders of World Trade Center Atlanta have announced that Dr. Diane Alleva Caceres of Market Access International, Inc. will be a featured member of the panel discussion: North America Rising? Maintaining a Competitive Advantage in a Volatile Global Economy at World Trade Day 2017 in Atlanta.

World Trade Day 2017 in Georgia will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Georgia International Conference Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337. Registration is now open and tickets are available at

Designed to help organizations understand the economic impact of national leadership and international policy changes, World Trade Day 2017 will include a full-day conference featuring a keynote address by Matthew T. McGuire, former United States executive director of The World Bank Group.

Details of the panel discussion “North America Rising? Maintaining a Competitive Advantage in a Volatile Global Economy” are:

The United States, Canada and Mexico – three different economies located in the same North American region – are bound by highly integrated industries partly facilitated by a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). How will their economies change over the next decade vis-à-vis global competitors? Where will the trade and investment opportunities arise, particularly under the prospect of a revised NAFTA? Will traditional industries such as automotive, agriculture and energy continue to drive growth, or, new ones such as digital media and cleantech? Understanding these processes will help firms make informed strategic decisions about their trade and investment activities in the region.

In recognition of their leadership on the issue, Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed the day of the conference as World Trade Day in the state of Georgia.

Inspired by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1935 declaration of a national observance each May of the benefits of global trade and investment, World Trade Day presented by the World Trade Center Atlanta will provide opportunities for business professionals to hear panel discussions with distinguished global executives and leaders, participate in roundtable discussions, networking and global business exchange activities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enter to win business class tickets to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, thanks to the generous support of World Trade Day sponsor Delta Air Lines, Inc.

“Uncertainty about international trade and investment has become the focus of conversations around the world,” said Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres, Chair of World Trade Day and CEO and founder of Market Access International, Inc. “We are excited that Matthew T. McGuire will kick-off a day of real conversations about the future of global commerce. He possesses a rare combination of entrepreneurial and high-level policy experience that provides the strategic perspective companies need in order to effectively succeed in today’s business climate.”

Other panel discussions will feature representatives of the Council of Foreign Relations, Dentons, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Site Selection magazine, UPS and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, in 2016, total trade between Georgia and the world exceeded $121.7 billion and exports exceeded $35.5 billion. The state also maintained its national rankings as the 11th-largest exporting state and seventh largest importing state.

World Trade Day 2017 is sponsored by Bank of America / Merrill Lynch, Delta, DIRTT, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia State University – Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER), Georgia Tech – The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Hall Booth Smith, P.C., National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America and Poly Vision.

About the World Trade Center Atlanta

World Trade Center Atlanta is a leader in international relations, trade and investment that facilitates the development of strategic alliances and the promotion of economic growth for companies both foreign and domestic. The WTC Atlanta connects members with trade information, education, mission and exhibition services and provides easy access to the many business and government organizations involved in trade. Affiliated with the World Trade Center Association, Atlanta members have access to the 320 locations of the international organization. WTC Atlanta is co-located at the City Club of Buckhead.