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Nov 24, 2015 | Source: Global Risk Insights Widely hailed as the most important free trade agreement in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership incorporates 12 countries from the Pacific Rim, accounting for 40% of the world’s GDP and 25% of world trade. The agreement includes widely different economies; from global heavyweights Japan and the U.S. to Read more »
Nov 23, 2015 | Source: The New York Times GUANGZHOU, China — In their first top-level trade talks since President Obama hosted China’s leader in September, the United States and China said on Monday that they had made progress on sticking points, including preventing the theft of trade secrets and opening the Chinese market more Read more »
Nov 17, 2015 | Source: The Japan Times In a set of measures to cut the impact of trade liberalization under the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has included stronger support for loss-making beef and pork farmers, according to party officials. The draft measures to shore up the agricultural sector were Read more »
Nov 13, 2015 | Source: The Economist IT DID not take long for America’s presidential candidates, busy though they must be, to digest the 6,000 pages of the agreement creating the “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP). America and 11 other countries of the Pacific Rim struck the trade deal in early October, but the full text was Read more »
Nov 12, 2015| By: Srinivas Mazumdaru | After nearly 11 years of negotiations, Afghanistan and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have finally agreed on the country’s terms of accession to the global trade body. But will this help revive the flailing economy? “Our country’s accession to the WTO will serve as a catalyst for domestic reforms Read more »
By: John Brinkley| Nov 9, 2015 | Source: Forbes Most companies involved in import and export don’t use free trade agreements that are available to them, according to a new survey by Thomson Reuters TRI +% and KPMG. The reason they don’t use them is that complying with rules of origin and other requirements is Read more »
By: JACKIE CALMES| 11/5/2015| Source: THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON — The release on Thursday of the full text of President Obama’s trade accord with 11 Pacific Rim nations brought out opponents and supporters and officially opened what may be the last big battle of the president’s tenure: winning congressional approval of the largest regional trade Read more »
Oct 10th 2015 | Source: The Economist DONALD TRUMP, an American presidential candidate, denounced it as “a terrible deal”. Another, Hillary Clinton, does not think it meets “the high bar” that should be applied to trade pacts. Yet proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which encompasses 12 countries in Asia and the Americas, including America Read more »
|10/14/15 9:00 AM EDT| Washington, D.C. The Washington International Trade Association (WITA) is pleased to announce that Kenneth I. Levinson has been named as WITA’s full-time Executive Director. Levinson has served as WITA’s interim Executive Director since November 2014. WITA is the world’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum for open and robust Read more »
A discussion of Democratic and Republican attitudes toward trade in the wake of TPA and in anticipation of a vote on TPP The fight over TPA inaugurated the “Year of Trade” – but that was only the beginning. That fight was a proxy war over TPP – which may be voted on within the next six months. Read more »