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24 September 2008

Deputy Director of Bilateral Trade
Will Present in College of Business

Amy Holman, Deputy Director of the Bilateral Trade office in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs at the US Department of State, will present in the Merrill Building Auditorium (Room 101) on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow from 3:30-4 p.m. in the lobby of Merrill.

Students and faculty who might find this presentation of interest are encouraged to attend.

Holman's office manages U.S bilateral trade relations with countries around the world, assisting with the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements, and trade preference programs. Key initiatives include seeking Congressional passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and Korea, and leading the Department's outreach efforts to promote free trade policy.

Prior to her assignment to Washington, Amy was the Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she was responsible for commercial advocacy for U.S. companies, monitoring Pakistan's economic developments and reform process, and encouraging economic growth.

From 2005 to 2007, Holman was the Senior Economist in the Office of Russian Affairs at the Department of State. From 2003 to 2005, she was a lead State Department negotiator for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the Peru and Colombia Free Trade Agreements.

During her assignment to the State Department's Office of Investment Affairs, she negotiated the U.S.-Mozambique Bilateral Investment Treaty. Her previous overseas assignments include Brussels, Belgium; Caracas, Venezuela; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lima, Peru.

Holman received her Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan. She also holds a degree from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Strasbourg, France. She speaks French, Spanish and Dutch.

In addition to her presentation at JSU, Holman's visit to the area will include speaking to the Anniston Rotary Club at noon. Her visit was coordinated by JSU and former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Charles Shapiro.

For more information contact Pat Borstorff at ext. 5748 or Kelly Roberts at ext. 5773.

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