Office For Trade Promotion

The Office for Trade Promotion (OTP) understands that the most effective way to broaden the base of U.S. exporters is to provide a central forum where the entities can gather to collaborate and acquire the advocacy, expertise and customized assistance they need to confidently compete in markets around the world.

For this reason, the OTP partners with an extended network of public and private-sector organizations to ensure the ITC offers a rich mixture of signature events such as high-profile economic summits, multi-day conferences, cultural exchanges, networking luncheons and educational workshops. These initiatives foster international dialogue, generate business opportunities and raise public awareness of the economic benefits that can be realized through trade.



Frequently Asked Questions

The International Trade Center (ITC) serves as the nation’s premier public and private trade resource and export showcase. The Center attracts foreign delegations and trade missions by providing a neutral setting for cultural exchanges and global networking.

The ITC was established by an act of Congress in 1998 to create a dynamic national forum for U.S. trade promotion. In this unprecedented initiative, federal government agencies and private-sector enterprises were co-located to create a central address for trade information, customer-focused services and capacity building events. By consolidating the unique resources and capabilities offered by an extended network of trade practitioners, the ITC provides a preeminent forum for building business connections, fostering diplomacy, promoting cultural exchanges and broadening the base of U.S. exporters.

The Office for Trade Promotion (OTP) is the programming arm of the International Trade Center. The OTP collaborates with an extended network of public and private-sector organizations to provide a rich mix of signature events such as high-profile economic summits, multi-day conferences, informal cultural exchanges, networking receptions and educational workshops. These initiatives foster international dialogue, generate business opportunities and raise awareness of the economic benefits that can be realized through trade.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center also serves as the official World Trade Center for Washington, DC (WTCDC). The WTCDC is a convenient, accredited national forum for the advancement of trade that raises the international profile of the region through its affiliation with the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA). The WTCA is headquartered in New York and offers opportunities for collaboration on international business and trade events through its network of 330 centers in over 98 countries.
The RRB/ITC in conjunction with the OTP and WTCDC offers a unique value that stems from our partnership with the DC trade and diplomatic communities and our membership with the World Trade Center Association. These affiliations provide fruitful outlets for promoting events which results in increased attendance for our programming partners. The ITC staff promotes each event using a customized combination of targeted email blasts, prominent placement on the itcdc.com website, collateral distribution, e-bulletins and media outreach.

Strategic Partnerships

The Office for Trade Promotion works collaboratively with government agencies, World Trade Centers, embassies, industry groups and the business community to increase the breadth and depth of its advocacy. This synergistic approach to customer service substantially extends the OTP’s media outreach, promotions channels, logistical capabilities and resources.

Center For International Business Education & Research

The CIBER Program was created by Congress to foster international understanding and enhance the ability of American businesses to prosper in the world economy.


Meridian International Center

Meridian International Center, founded in 1960, is a leading non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas and culture. Its mission is achieved through public and cultural diplomacy including leadership exchanges and cultural exhibitions.



The U.S. Commercial Service

As a participant in the U.S. Commercial Service Strategic Partnership Initiative, the OTP has immediate access to trade specialists located in offices throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries. The Commercial Service’s unique mix of trade expertise, governmental influence and worldwide reach, enables the OTP to provide event partners unprecedented exposure and vital links to potential partners.

Washington International Trade Association (WITA)

WITA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization providing a neutral forum for the open and robust discussion of trade policy and related issues. WITA educates and connects the Washington DC trade community, and is widely recognized as ‘Washington’s premier trade forum’.

Cultural Tourism DC

Cultural Tourism DC is an independent coalition of more than 230 culture, heritage, and community-based member organizations. Cultural Tourism DC and its members develop, deliver, and celebrate experiences that are authentic to Washington.

National Council On U.S.-Arab Relations

Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. NCUSAR seek to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world.

The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)

As a member of the WTCA, a not-for-profit and non-political organization, the OTP can rely on a highly-skilled and responsive network of experts representing 330 World Trade Centers in 100 countries spanning the globe. There are more than 750,000 companies worldwide affiliated with the WTCA.


Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars

The Wilson Center is the official memorial to our nation’s 28thpresident. The Center is “a living memorial,” a gathering place for some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world. Through public meetings and events, broadcast media and social media, publications in print and online, and a wide range of outreach activities, the Wilson Center is engaged in the global dialogue of ideas.