Monday, March 24, beginning at 6 p.m.
Aquinas College Performing Arts Center (on Robinson Road, just west of Plymouth Road)
or Tuesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m.
Gillett Auditorium, Fifth Third Bank Building, 111 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Presents this Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Series Event:
Walter Bastian, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
The Western Hemisphere has become a thriving market of nearly a billion people. While many U.S. businesses are fully engaged in business partnerships with companies in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, other opportunities abound. Over the past decade, the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a steady rate of 4 percent a year, while trade between the United States and Latin America has nearly tripled. Hear how NAFTA, CAFTA, and new free trade agreements with Peru and Colombia might affect you.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Bastian is responsible for developing programs, policies and strategies designed to strengthen the United States’ commercial position in the Western Hemisphere. Before joining the Department, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Bastian graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a B.S. in Foreign Service and received an M.A. from Creighton University in Nebraska. Mr. Bastian has received numerous awards for his work, including the Presidential Rank Award, which recognizes his exceptional service to the American people over an extended period of time and his relentless commitment to excellence in public service. This award is the most prestigious recognition afforded to career professionals.
Event underwritten by Walgren Company.