March 26, 2024

In an engaging visit that showcased the profound interconnectedness of global economics, policy-making, and individual livelihoods, United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai shared her insights at Forsyth Tech during a fireside chat on Thursday, March 22, 2024. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Tai serves as the principal advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on U.S. trade policy. But, this exceptional woman also serves as a bridge connecting the intricacies of international economic diplomacy to the grassroots level where its impact is most felt.

Ambassador Tai’s conversation with Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, highlighted her dedication to understanding and integrating the human aspect of trade policies. She has been intentional about visiting and engaging with communities across the country, underscoring the significance of the direct implications of trade decisions on everyday lives. Her approach reflects a refreshing perspective on policy-making, one that prioritizes the welfare and aspirations of the American populace.

A focal point of her visit was the role of education and skill development in preparing individuals for a thriving future within the global economy. During an interview with local media, Ambassador Tai commended Forsyth Tech for its role in fostering an environment where people can grow and adapt to the ever-evolving demands of the international market.

The discussion delved into the Biden-Harris Administration’s economic agenda. The conversation highlighted the administration’s efforts in workforce development and the ongoing fight to secure a better deal for North Carolinians in the competitive landscape of the 21st century. Ambassador Tai reinforced the importance of a holistic approach to policy formation, one that carefully balances economic objectives with the well-being of the community.

You can watch the full discussion below.