It is easy for me to get carried away with my excitement about what the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) is doing for our industry:
- increasing the level of professionalism by increasing our members’ awareness of changing rules within our daily procedures,
- helping companies become more compliant by understanding the legal aspects of international trade,
- providing a robust resource to individuals who are seeking people or companies who provide International Trade Education,
- providing certification programs which help companies identify qualified people to handle international trade transactions, and lastly,
- providing an economical way of continuing the training of those individual to keep up with the ever changing industry rules and regulation.
We are even working closely with several universities to bring international trade education to a new generation of people to satisfy the growth of our industry.
Now, we have taken the next step. It is with great pleasure that I discuss our latest venture: our first annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G:TEC).
Since this is a new endeavor, I would not be surprised if some of you are wondering “What could this conference offer me?” I would like to take this time to give you a greater understanding of what you can expect from this event.
As the title states, we are all about international trade education. In that vein, we are bringing together industry experts from the private sector (attorneys, consultants and actual practitioners within our industry) as well as the public sector (people from government agencies that oversee industry-related regulations) to share some of the best practices they have observed in our industry. We expect everyone to leave this conference with ideas and tools which will help them improve the quality and efficiency of their daily work.
G:TEC will also promote an environment for people to openly share their experiences and seek needed advice by offering opportunities for our attendees to network with their industry counterparts.
Finally, this conference is not catered towards a specific demographic of the international trade industry but to all global trade professionals. We will have attendees from the import and export community as well as service providers such as Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders, Insurance Companies and Logistics Companies. This blend will promote a better understanding of what each participant in our industry deals with during the life of an international trade transaction.
G:TEC will also offer other amenities such as a fantastic venue at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago, a network reception, and an open forum to seek feedback from you to share what your global logistics education needs are. We will also be exploring all the benefits of our new Learning Management System scheduled for launch this April. We offer all this at reasonable costs as it is important to us that we make such educational opportunities as affordable as possible.
My level of excitement is so high I could continue to write about all the wonderful happenings in the NEI, but I will keep this short. I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity and become part of the beginning of what I am sure will be an excellent tradition in global logistics education.
See you this August in Chicago!