WRITER: KENT NGUYEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Dec. 2, 2002
Downes to discuss international trade, Midwest agriculture Dec. 6
Robert Downes, a State Department trade expert, will speak about "International
Trade: How Does it Affect Midwest Agriculture," Friday, Dec. 6 at the
Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) luncheon. The luncheon
begins at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30
North Clinton Street.
Downes has been the chief of the Multilateral and Sectoral Trade Division
at the State Department since August 2002. This division provides expertise
on trade issues on environment and labor, market access, countervailing duty
and antidumping, government procurement, customs, and legislation.
In 1981, Downes entered the U.S. Foreign Service and served in Mazatlan,
Mexico and Stuttgart, Germany. He then worked as an economist in the Office
for Economic Policy of the Bureau for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He also
held the position of financial economist in the Office for Development Finance
of the Bureau for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the State Department.
Downes received his bachelor's degree in economics and his juris doctorate
from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a master's degree in
public affairs at Texas's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a
master's degree in international relations at the University of Southern California.
Reservations for the luncheon should be received in the CIVIC office, 38
International Center, Iowa City, IA 52242, by Wednesday, December 4. The cost
is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. Reservations cannot be made over
the phone but last minute adjustments may be made by calling 335-0351. This
event is sponsored by CIVIC, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC),
U.S. Department of State and University of Iowa's International Programs.
CIVIC serves as host to international visitors invited by United States
embassies to take part in the International Visitor Program. As a member of
the National Council for international Visitors, CIVIC is one of 98 nationwide
community organizations that promote intercultural exchange between international
leaders, the educational and business community. When a visit includes eastern
Iowa, CIVIC arranges for professional consultations and field trips to industrial,
scientific, educational and business facilities. Visitors are also invited
to participate in the social and cultural life of our communities through
home hospitality, sightseeing, cultural and recreational events.
CIVIC is affiliated with International Programs, which is organized under
the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs
(IP). IP is comprised of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic
programs, research projects and services. These units serve to further internationalize
the campus and the community and to promote global scholarship, research and
For information on CIVIC, or the Downes Luncheon please contact Tom Baldridge
or Marianne Weiss at (319) 335-0351.