China and US agree to meet in October for trade negotiations: Chinese Ministry of Commerce

CNBC | September 05, 2019

China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that the leaders of the U.S. and Chinese trade talks held a phone call in the morning and agreed to meet in early October for another round of negotiations. Liu He, China’s top negotiator on trade, spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Commerce Ministry statement said, according to a CNBC translation of the Chinese-language text. In a statement to CNBC, a U.S. Trade Representative spokesperson confirmed the phone call, but not the October meeting.

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This report summarizes the many challenges to economic and business development in Native American communities that were expressed by the GEIC workshop attendees. The challenges fall into eight broad categories of issues that workshop participants indicated, to varying degrees, impede development on tribal lands. They include (1) insufficient access to capital; (2) capacity and capital constraints of small business resource providers; (3) insufficient workforce development, financial management training, and business education; (4) tribal governance constraints; (5) regulatory constraints on land held in trust and land designated as restricted use; (6) underdeveloped physical infrastructure; (7) insufficient research and data; and (8) a lack of regional collaboration. Upon review of several key studies done a number of years ago, such as the 2001 Native Lending Study published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund, it is promising that progress— in some cases, substantial progress—appears to have been made in many areas over the last decade or so. Nevertheless, as expressed by the GEIC workshop participants, many of these barriers and challenges persist today.

Spotlight

This report summarizes the many challenges to economic and business development in Native American communities that were expressed by the GEIC workshop attendees. The challenges fall into eight broad categories of issues that workshop participants indicated, to varying degrees, impede development on tribal lands. They include (1) insufficient access to capital; (2) capacity and capital constraints of small business resource providers; (3) insufficient workforce development, financial management training, and business education; (4) tribal governance constraints; (5) regulatory constraints on land held in trust and land designated as restricted use; (6) underdeveloped physical infrastructure; (7) insufficient research and data; and (8) a lack of regional collaboration. Upon review of several key studies done a number of years ago, such as the 2001 Native Lending Study published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund, it is promising that progress— in some cases, substantial progress—appears to have been made in many areas over the last decade or so. Nevertheless, as expressed by the GEIC workshop participants, many of these barriers and challenges persist today.

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