Multi-State Working Group: Director Of China Affairs Wineland To Speak In Madison Wednesday, June 20

For information: Jeff Smoller, MSWG President:

(o) 608.266.2747

(c) 608.575.0846

The senior director of China affairs for the Office of US Trade Representative will speak in Madison Wednesday, June 20 on exports to China of environmental goods and services, a $5.6 billion industry in Wisconsin employing at least 97,000 in more than 500 firms.

Tim Wineland speaks at 8:15 am at Monona Terrace to the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance (MSWG). The title of his speech is: “US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue: Future trading in environmental goods and services.”

The speech and workshop are open to the public. Register at the door. Program information is at

Wineland will report on the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue begun by US Treasury Secretary Dan Paulson and Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi last fall. The Dialogue was initiated to address energy, environmental and trade issues.

China faces many environmental issues relating to air, water, land, forests, public health, soil and much more. It plans to spend at least $176 billion on environmental goods and services in the next five years. States like Wisconsin are establishing relationships with national, provincial and local officials in China who buy the goods and services and the academics who advise them. In fall, Governor Jim Doyle will lead a mission to China.

Wineland is a sought after speaker on many China-related trade issues and has spoken on forest products, agriculture and manufacturing, issues important to Wisconsin. In March, he briefed Minnesota businesses on the impact of China’s joining the WTO.

Wineland leads the Wednesday MSWG program which features sessions for firms with an interest in China as buyers, sellers, suppliers or investors: Auditing for environmental performance in China; China’s prospects for using markets to achieve clean air goals; the future of chemical regulation in China following an EU model; supply chain risk in environmental, health, safety and security matters as they affect consumers, producers and suppliers in the US and China, especially in the food, pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors.

MSWG is a network of about 1,000 business, government, non-government and academic members in 30 states and 20 countries, including China. It formed in 1996. Its mission is to be a voice for ecological innovation and integration. It looks at how environmental and economic issues are connected and how public policies can support win-win outcomes.