September 16, 2009 11:26 ET

Commerce Secretary to Address USCIB Annual Dinner

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will be the keynote speaker at the October 8 annual dinner of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America's top global companies. The event will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

The dinner will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world business organization USCIB represents in the United States, as part of a worldwide series of events commemorating the milestone.

"We are delighted that Secretary Locke will join us to provide his views on the challenges facing global business," said USCIB Chairman William G. Parrett, retired global CEO of Deloitte. "It is especially timely in view of the increasingly strong relationship between USCIB and the Department of Commerce."

Other high-level speakers at the USCIB dinner will include ICC Chairman Victor Fung, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Li & Fung Group, and Bill Schneider, senior political analyst with CNN. More information, including ticket and sponsorship pricing, is available at

Based in Paris, with a network of national committees in some 90 countries, ICC was founded by far-sighted business executives after the First World War. Over nine decades, it has represented business views to national governments and international organizations, while also establishing the world's leading court of commercial arbitration and developing crucial rules for cross-border business activity in a variety of areas.

ICC is celebrating its 90th anniversary throughout 2009 with a series of special events around the world, underscoring the continued importance of its core objective of securing peace and prosperity through trade. More information is available at

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and prudent regulation. Its members include top U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at

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