NFI’s Robert DeHaan takes a seat on the US Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee

National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Vice President for Government Affairs Robert DeHaan has been appointed to the U.S. Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee.

DeHaan’s appointment was announced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on 17 July. As a part of the committee, DeHaan will provide advice to the government on trade policy matters such as the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of news ones, NFI said in a press release.

“This is a great opportunity for the seafood community to have a seat at the table where trade decisions are made,” DeHaan said. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring our industry’s perspective and guidance to the people in charge of trade policy.”

DeHaan joined NFI, the largest U.S. seafood trade group, in 2011, and before that, served as special counsel to the deputy U.S. trade representative as well as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. NFI President John Connelly believes DeHaan in the ideal candidate to join the committee, where he will serve until 2024.

“Bob knows his way around government and trade. This appointment is tailor-made for his assets,” Connelly said. “We are pleased that those responsible for carrying out U.S. trade policy as it relates to such an important part of our economy will have him as a resource.”

Photo courtesy of National Fisheries Institute


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