CEP Group Attends Launch of “Korea Matters for America / America Matters for Korea” Initiative


the CEP Group Attended the East – West Center Launch of ‘Korea Matters for America / Matters for Korea” Initiative Washington DC, Wednesday, September 12, on Capitol Hill.

“The East West Center in Washington and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA, along with the Congressional Korea Caucus, launched the updated report Korea Matters for America/America Matters for Korea, which functions as a practical resource for political leaders, the media, students, and the general public and features infographics that illustrate the importance and impact of U.S.-Korea relations at the national, state, and local levels. The booklet and corresponding state and Congressional District one-page connections summaries can be accessed and downloaded online at: asiamattersforamerica.org/korea.”

The program included

  • Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington
  • Young Jin Jang, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA
  • Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington (Moderator)
  • Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation
  • David Steel, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Electronics North America
  • Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, President, Korea Economic Institute
  • Barbara Weisel, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors

Highlights from the panel discussion included

  • Issues driving South Korea’s refocus of its Defense Strategy
    • Declining service age population to support current military force levels
    • Shortage’s of munitions for weapons
    • Absence of ballistic missile defense systems
    • Financial pressures – US is pushing South Korea to effectively double tis defense spending
    • Alliance issues – US military assessment, South Korea is not ready to assume command
    • Geopolitical – Trump comments about South Korea; downplay of tri-lateral cooperation (US, KR, JP)
  • South Korea’s Economic Stance
    • Trade deficit with the us is down 41% YOY
    • South Korea is looking to expand its exports, particularly in electronics (audio) and automotive markets
    • South Korea currently employs 20,000 US workers in the 46 States
  • Major geopolitical challenges facing South Korea
    • Globalization and the attendant stresses placed on SK society
    • Continued US commitment to South Korea
    • ‘Unfinished Business on the peninsula’, normalization of SK-NK relations
  • US Korea trade relations*
    • Bi-lateral trade agreements, points of friction
    • Automobiles continue to be the major irritant
    • South Korea has been surprised at the US stance and approach to automotive sector to date
    • Trump administration sees it as necessary to rebalance the trade deficit in automobiles
    • SK had been questioning its ongoing relationship with the US considering the US’s approach to the trade issue

*Since this event South Korea and the US have signed a renegotiated United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement, also known as KORUS FTA.

The US Trade Representative’s fact sheet may be found here:


The text of the KORUS agreement may be found here:


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the CEP Group is a Sponsor for the NOVA Postal Customer Council Annual PCC Day

the CEP Group will be attending the Northern Virginia Postal Customer Council Annual PCC Day as a sponsor, September 24th.

A task force commissioned by President Trump to recommend steps to put the U.S. Postal Service on firmer financial footing finished drafting a report in August.  The White House has reviewed the draft report, but decided to withhold it until after the mid-term elections. This year’s program features an Update on the presidential Postal Service task force, findings and how these results could affect 2019’s postal rates.

The program will include 6 educational/informational tracks for this event:

  1. Enterprise Payment System (EPS) – CAPS migration to the new system.
    2. 2019 Postal Rates – Effect on proposed rate changes by the PRC – Update on the President’s Task Force review.
    3. Informed Delivery – The rise of interactive mailing campaigns – business advantages.
    4. Mail Design Professional – USPS regulations overview.
    5. Drop shipment – Postage savings, expedited delivery, streamlined logistics.
    6. Move Update requirements – effect on Mailer Scorecard.

In addition to the educational tracks the program will host special guest speakers from USPS headquarters, Vice President of Area Operations for the Capital Metro area, Linda Malone and District Manager for Northern Virginia, Jeffrey Becker.

This event will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Fairview Park – Falls Church, VA on Monday, September 24th, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For an individual consultation on the US  Postal Service, international postal operators, and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), please contact us directly

Will the U. S. withdraw from the UPU?

Does Trump’s recent Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State to take action on the Universal Postal Union (“UPU”) and terminal dues at the current Extraordinary Congress of the UPU foreshadow US action to withdraw from the UPU, as he has threatened to do with US membership in the WTO? the CEP Group has undertaken several studies, and provided expert testimony and reports on postal related issues for clients.  For an individual consultation on the US Postal Service, international postal services, and the UPU please contact us directly.