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April Caucus to Address Asia Pacific Market Access and Compliance Concerns

Washington, DC, Mar 18, 2004

The next ANSI Caucus Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 2, and will address market access concerns and compliance with international trade agreements that affect U.S. companies operating in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and in the member nations of the Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The guest speaker will be Mr. Hank Levine, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia Pacific Policy in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Market Access and Compliance. He will not only discuss current efforts and provide updates regarding ASEAN, but will also share his experiences with the current controversy involving China’s insistence on some of its own standards, including one that conflicts with the international standard for wireless computer access.

[For a related article, please see U.S. Chip Manufacturers Say They Won’t Meet June Deadline on Chinese Wireless Standard.]

"Market access and compliance issues directly affect all participants in the standards and conformity assessment community,” said David Karmol, ANSI vice president for public policy and government affairs. "ANSI members will be especially interested in the timely, important and controversial topics to be addressed by Mr. Levine. We expect an engaging dialogue with the attendees."

ANSI Caucus luncheons are held on the first Friday of each month and are free to ANSI members. The event will begin at 11:30 am with general networking, and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. The University Club is located at 1135 16th Street, between L and M streets.

To RSVP, please contact Jessica Karp ( by Monday, March 29, 2004.

ANSI thanks the Institute of Electrical and Electonics Engineers, Inc., (IEEE) for hosting the April event.

The next caucus will be held on May 7 and will feature Lee Smith of OSHA.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for upcoming Caucus luncheons. For more information, please contact David Karmol, ANSI vice president, public policy and government affairs (; 202-331-3610).