Month: November 2017

President Trump renews America’s partnership with Asian economies

President Donald J. Trump outlined his vision for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” to business leaders from Asia-Pacific economies meeting in Danang, Vietnam.

In his address on November 10, the President called for “a place where sovereign and independent nations, with diverse cultures and many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side and thrive in freedom and in peace.”

In his remarks to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit, President Trump hailed the economic transformation that has occurred across the Indo-Pacific region, which stretches from the Indian subcontinent to the West Coast of North America. This region, the world’s most economically vibrant, promotes private property and the rule of law, he said, and embraces systems that value hard work and individual enterprise.

The President said he is willing to work with all the APEC member economies to achieve “mutually beneficial commerce.”
“I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade,” he said.

President Donald J. Trump outlined his vision for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” to business leaders from Asia-Pacific economies meeting in Danang, Vietnam.

In his address on November 10, the President called for “a place where sovereign and independent nations, with diverse cultures and many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side and thrive in freedom and in peace.”

In his remarks to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit, President Trump hailed the economic transformation that has occurred across the Indo-Pacific region, which stretches from the Indian subcontinent to the West Coast of North America. This region, the world’s most economically vibrant, promotes private property and the rule of law, he said, and embraces systems that value hard work and individual enterprise.

The President said he is willing to work with all the APEC member economies to achieve “mutually beneficial commerce.”
“I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade,” he said.

On the security front, the President called on allies to work together to defeat terrorism and stop North Korea’s illegal nuclear weapons program. “Every single step the North Korean regime takes toward more weapons is a step it takes into greater and greater danger,” the President said.

“The future of this region and its beautiful people must not be held hostage to a dictator’s twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail.”

The President emphasized America’s pride in belonging to the gathered community of economic leaders. “We have been friends, partners, and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time, and we will be friends, partners, and allies for a long time to come,” the President said.

By ShareAmerica
Photo: AMTV USA

First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Abe visit with school children in Japan

Nov 06, First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Abe visit with school children in Japan | November 6, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Nov 07, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in an Embassy meet and greet in Seoul, Republic of Korea, followed by a courtesy call with National Assembly leaders. Then, the President will deliver remarks to the National Assembly. After the President’s remarks, President Trump and the First Lady will participate in a wreath laying ceremony, and then depart the Republic of Korea en route to Beijing, People’s Republic of China. After arriving at the Beijing Airport, the President and First Lady will participate in a welcome tea with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China and Madame Peng Liyuan, followed by a tour of the Forbidden City and viewing of an opera performance. Later, the President and First Lady will have dinner with President Xi and Madame Peng.

Vice President Pence will travel to the U.S. Capitol to participate in a series of meetings with lawmakers and take part in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch.

2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition Winners Announced


Winners of the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition held November 3, 2017 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA.

The future of American innovation was on display November 3rd at the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA.

Cutting-edge inventions created by the nation’s brightest young innovators from colleges and universities across the country – solving challenges from water decontamination to wearable power generation – were showcased at the competition’s public expo, providing the students a forum to answer questions and discuss their inventions with USPTO patent examiners, patent attorneys, trademark examiners and senior officials; corporate sponsors; members of the intellectual property community; and the public.

During the competition, the 29 undergraduate and graduate students from 12 teams all had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). These legendary innovators – who have invented many tools, processes, or devices that are now commonplace in our lives (optical fiber, implantable defibrillator, Post-it® Notes, digital camera) — served as judges for the competition, and provided advice and inspiration for the students. USPTO officials also served as judges.

The winner in the undergraduate category was a team from University of Iowa, Abraham Espinoza and Matthew Rooda. Their invention, SwineTech, is an audio processing technology that determines if piglets are in distress, allowing farmers to provide a higher quality of life to their livestock.

The graduate winner was Ning Mao from Boston University for Engineered Probiotics. Her priobiotic solution is an affordable and convenient way to provide early detection of cholera and help further contain the spread of the disease.

The top undergraduate and graduate winning teams each received $10,000. Second- and third-place finishers also were awarded cash and prizes. Read more about all the 2017 CIC finalists and winners and hear what they love about inventing.

Through this competition, the skills that these students gained through the process of invention and by learning about intellectual property will be assets to them as they continue with their research or commercialize their inventions.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is one of several important programs that the USPTO and NIHF offer to young inventors. Others include Invention Playground for preschool children, Camp Invention and Club Invention for elementary school children, and Invention Project for middle school students. Since 1990, NIHF’s education programs have served more than 1.25 million children, and 125,000 teachers and leadership interns — promoting a better understanding of the vital role intellectual property and innovation play in our lives and our economy and helping build entrepreneurial skills for the next generation of inventors.

COP 23/CMP 13: High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate

The UN Global Compact together with UN Environment and UNFCCC secretariat will convene the annual High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate at COP23 inviting chief executives of business and finance, civil society, the UN and governments. The meeting will focus on how the private sector can contribute to accelerating and enhancing NDC and SDG ambition and implementation leading up to key milestones including the 2018 global stock-take and the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Summit. A new global landscape analysis will be launched during this occasion examining business engagement in a set of 30 nationally determined contributions and their plans for realizing the sustainable development goals.

Nov 15, 2017 at 01:00 pm
Bonn, Germany

The meeting is invitation only.

There are a number of different events in and around COP 23/CMP 13 with a business focus, and many other events that welcome private sector participation. Some are organized by United Nations entities, and many others are convened by outside organizations. In addition, under the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action, numerous events will be held throughout COP23/CMP13 covering a variety of themes related to climate change and sustainable development relevant for business and investors. 

President Trump’s Trip to Asia

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump departed for Asia, his longest foreign trip to date and the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter century. President Trump will utilize this trip to demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships. The President will address a wide array of strategic issues with foreign leaders, including the North Korean nuclear threat.

Governor Brown Issues Statement on Republican Tax Proposal

SACRAMENTO  Nov 02, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement on the Republican tax proposal released today:

“The hurried tax proposal unveiled by Congress today transfers income from individuals and families to large and powerful corporate structures. This is bad economic policy and bad for the American people.”

Last week, Governor Brown sent a letter calling on California’s 14 House Republicans to do what’s right for California and their constituents and held a media call with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to discuss the potentially devastating impacts of the proposed elimination of state and local tax deductions.