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TTIP: Trade and Economic Development

June 21, 2015 - June 24, 2015

In 2013, President Obama and leaders from the European Council and European Commission announced that the US and EU would begin negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. TTIP is a comprehensive trade agreement that seeks to strengthen trade and investment ties between the US and the EU, increase economic growth, promote job creation, foster global competitiveness, and tackle common challenges shared by partner nations.

This summer, a group of visitors from France will travel to the United States to learn about this country’s perspectives toward TTIP, US lobbies on TTIP, trade partnerships between France and the US, e-commerce, and cultural attitudes toward related hot-button issues such as shale gas and food sanitary standards. During their time in Cleveland, visitors will focus on the topic of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) – what it is, how it’s done, policy surrounding it, and why it has been embroiled in controversy.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


June 21, 2015
June 24, 2015
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