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 Volume 23, Number 208                           Monday, October 20, 2014

Trade Reports International Group

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More Sanctions on Syria

  The Obama Administration on Friday imposed additional sanctions on Syrian officials and businesses in response to continued human rights abuses by the government (WTD, 9/22/14).

 Sanctions target one senior Syrian military officer responsible for human rights abuses and 12 individuals and entities in several countries for either acting for, providing support to, or for being senior officials of the Syrian regime, the Treasury Department said.

 Qusay Mihoub, a Brigadier General in the Syrian Air Force Intelligence, was designated for his role in human rights abuses in Syria and as a SAFI senior official.  Also sanctioned are two top ranking Syrian government officials – Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Khodr Orfali and Minister of Industry Kamal Eddin Tu’ma.

 Four banks – the Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Industrial Bank, Popular Credit Bank and Saving Bank –  were targeted because they are owned or controlled by the Syrian government.

 Separately, Treasury and the State Department co-hosted a meeting of over 30 countries to discuss opportunities to implement targeted sanctions on the ISIL and the Al-Nusrash Front terrorist groups.

       



WTD Interview

South Africa’s Mr. Davies

 Geneva – South African trade minister Robb Davies told WTD in an exclusive interview last week that missing the deadline for the Trade Facilitation Agreement protocol at the World Trade Organization is not a “disaster for multilateralism or the end of the road” for the world trade body.  He says “many, many other deadlines have been missed on matters that are relevant to developing countries, and no one declares that it is an existential crisis.”

 But Mr. Davies added that the credibility of the WTO is at stake over how expeditiously members can resolve those “prioritized” issues in the Bali work program concerning development and agriculture for the poorest countries.

 The trade minister – and veteran trade negotiator – underscored the importance of adhering to the “consensus” principle in drawing up the post-Bali work program.  He warns of the dangers of non-multilateral approaches, including plurilateral negotiations.

 Mr. Davies on Friday addressed trade envoys here from the Friends of Development group.

The Interview

 Following are excerpts from the interview –


 WTD:  What is your assessment on the current impasse stemming from the standoff between trade facilitation and public stockholding programs for food security at the WTO?

 Mr. Davies:  We don’t think that the issue confronting the organization now is a matter of one member or one issue.  Rather we think that the Bali package – as it was structured and presented – was unbalanced.  South Africa was one of the delegations at the Bali meeting that pushed quite strongly for an undertaking that the post-Bali work program ought to focus on turning those parts of the package – which are of interest to least-developed country members – into real binding deliverables.

 Those imbalances remain, and if anything, they have not been resolved.  And so we have missed the deadline on the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

 For South Africa, we have no difficulty in implementing the TF provisions.  Although we have missed one deadline, we don’t think it is a disaster for multilateralism or the end of the road for the WTO – or anything like that.  Many, many other deadlines have been missed on matters that are relevant to developing countries and no one declares that it is an existential crisis.


 WTD:  But work on other issues is stopped because of non-adoption of the TF protocol?

 Mr. Davies:  The response from some members that there can be no work on any of the other issues in the Bali package without first adopting the TF protocol is wrong.  South Africa, along with all other developing and least-developed countries, want work to continue on other issues while a solution is found on the issue of public stockholding programs.  This is an important issue for a large number of low-income people in many, many countries.  Clearly, this is a development issue.

 A number of modest issues of importance to developing and least-developed countries in the Bali work program are not yet delivered beyond Trade Facilitation and public stockholding.  There are all kinds of other issues – like the services waiver for LDCs, the issues in agriculture – that call for reforms to gain credibility for development as a critical component of the work program.


 WTD:  Serious questions have been raised about the consensus principle in adopting decisions at the WTO.

 Mr. Davies:  The way the institution works by consensus is an important principle and we need to keep this principle to move forward in the multilateral system.  Just because we have reached an impasse on one issue, it is not legitimate to be raising or talking about fundamental changes in the way the institution works.  Inclusiveness and the involvement of all members are a critical part of assuring an outcome.


‘Non-Multilateral Options’

 WTD:  WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo called for a serious discussion on several issues, including on some procedural issues.  He talked about “non-multilateral options” being discussed by some members.  What is your assessment?

 Mr. Davies:  Our view is that the mandate that we agreed in Doha is on development issues as the heart of the work program.  And it remains absolutely valid.  The issues concerning agricultural trade and trade distortions are more important in the 21st century than any other issue.  We think developmental issues and the distortions faced by the poorest countries are fundamental issues to be resolved in the world trading system.

 Members have to build on an inclusive and participatory-based decision-making-system.  We are not attracted by the ideas that some of the members will be the ones that shape the deal – and everybody else will then have to sign onto it.  We don’t buy those approaches and we believe that the multilateral system has to work on the basis of consensus, equality and must involve/include least-developed countries.

 

 WTD:  How should the post-Bali work program be structured because such a large number of Doha issues are yet to be resolved?

 Mr. Davies:  I guess that what people mean by a post-Bali work program is a work program that was agreed in Bali.  That’s a priority which we have not done until now.  Members have defined precisely what was to happen in trade facilitation.  As for the rest, we have agreed to prioritize in the work program that emerged from Bali.  Prioritization means that you give first attention to those issues.  And I don’t think we have seen that happen.

 That has been the problem.  And we need to make progress in those prioritized areas.  And members have to remain loyal to that principle.

 The needs and the interests of developing and least-developed countries in the Doha agenda must be placed at the heart of the work program.  The issues raised consistently by developing countries cannot be subordinated to some other agenda by saying that those issues are unimportant – and something else needs to be done for the 21st century agenda.

 

 WTD:  Do you support the plurilateral negotiations on environmental goods and expansion of the Information Technology Agreement?  Are they relevant or do they hinder the process of drawing-up the post-Bali work program?

 Mr. Davies:  This gets to the point that the work program and the agenda must be defined by the membership through consensus.  It is not going to be defined by returning to what I understood was the principle, which was the way the GATT used to work, that the principal suppliers – big ones and the big economies – get together to define the agenda and everybody else later signs on.

 This is not an approach that is consistent with the democratic principles we are supposed to espouse in the 21st century.  So for all these new issues – do we just outsource them to few of the bigger economies to define the deal and bring it back to the organization to sign onto.  Surely, it will not work that way.  We believe that members have to look very, very critically and with lots of serious introspection at anything that comes out of those [plurilateral] processes to make sure that we don’t endorse them if they don’t fit in with the approach to lead us to a developmental outcome and to rebalance the system.


China, India

 WTD:  What happens to the agriculture agenda because countries like China and India continue to provide farm subsidies?

 Mr. Davies:  I think the bulk of subsidies are provided by big developed countries where agriculture sectors are less competitive than those in emerging economies.  For many developing countries the only possibility of industrialization is through agro-processing and farm-related-industries. They can’t compete with subsidized products from the developed countries.  There is a lot of research on that issue.  It is the biggest impediment.

 Many of us who are part of the G-20 farm coalition, for example, say that the “locomotive” of the Round is agriculture – and what happens in agriculture will determine other areas.  South Africa has underscored this since we have very little to gain from anything that was there in the Doha package.  But we went along with it because agricultural reform was structurally important  for developing countries.

 So we went along with the Doha agenda as responsible global citizens not because we saw that suddenly there is a huge  advantage for our constituents back home.  The payment that will come from whatever global advantages there are from the Trade Facilitation Agreement is from small and weaker economies.  Equity demands that they would have to get some thing in return for that payment.


 WTD:  But the G-20 farm group has disappeared from setting the agriculture agenda?

 Mr. Davies:  We need to regain the momentum that we had in the past.  It is important to ensure that the global trade agenda delivers for the poorest countries.

 

Value Chains

 WTD:  Do you agree with the new narrative on global value chains in the emerging trade agenda?

 Mr. Davies:  The emergence of global value chains is a reality.  It’s been written about since the 1990s.  But one of the problems is that by highlighting this issue there has been both a description of reality along with a prescription.  We have some difficulties in accepting the prescription, but not the description.

 For example, the largest and growing proportion of global trade is in intermediate products.  The conclusion we have to draw from as African countries – and as South Africa – is that we are located in the global division of labor as producers and exporters of primary products and importers of finished manufactured goods.  That is not the place in the division of labor where we need to be.  We need to go up in the value chain.

 The issue that we are concerned about in global value chains is the idea that somehow or other it is one that says self-imposed trade liberalization is going to get you there.  That is what we have differences with.

 UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report issued last month says that developing countries, as they transform into the value chain, need policy space built into multilateral and bilateral trade agreements.  The approach to understanding the significance of global value chains is not one that leads to blind policy, but a policy framework that enables developing and the poorest countries to move up the value chain in their efforts to industrialize.  This is the common objective of the African countries.

       



Seychelles To Be 161st WTO Member

 Geneva – The Seychelles on Friday moved closer to becoming the 161st member of the World Trade Organization with the approval of its accession agreement by its accession working party (WTD, 11/19/13).

 The decision still must be formally approved by the 160 current WTO members when the General Council meets in December.

 As part of the process, Seychelles concluded eight bilateral agreements on market access for goods and nine bilateral agreements on market access for services, including with the United States.

 Seychelles also committed to join the Information Technology Agreement its accession.

       



PTO’s New Director

 President Obama has tapped Michelle Lee to be Commerce Department Undersecretary for Intellectual Property and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

 Ms. Lee currently serves as deputy undersecretary and deputy director of the USPTO – a position she has held since the beginning of the year.

 From 2012 to 2013, Ms. Lee was director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley office.  Prior to that, she spent 10 years as deputy general counsel and head of patents and patent strategy at Google Incorporated.

       



Around the Globe

             ●         If the dominoes fall his way, Washington state Republican Rep. Dave Reichert could head the House Ways and Means trade subcommittee next year, making him one of Congress’ most influential players on international trade pacts, McClatchy news service reported.  With the GOP expected to maintain control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 elections, maneuvering for leadership positions is well under way for the newly elected Congress that will convene in January.

 “I would say it’s probably a 50-50 shot. … There could be some shifting going on that may present an opportunity for me to be the chair of the trade subcommittee,” Reichert said in an interview.  Reichert, 64, of Auburn, Wash., could get his break if California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the current subcommittee chair, takes over as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Nunes has been campaigning for the post since April.

 Reichert, a former King County sheriff who was elected to Congress in 2004, would face competition from at least one other Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana. Reichert presumably would have the edge because he has more seniority on the panel. Boustany said earlier this year that he wanted to lead the subcommittee as a way to focus on energy issues in trade as a way to help his state.  But Reichert’s fate also could be tied to the outcome of a contest over who will lead the full Ways and Means Committee: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican 2012 vice presidential nominee who’s considered the favorite, or Kevin Brady, another veteran GOP congressman from Texas.

 Reichert, who currently chairs the House Ways and Means human resources subcommittee, said he’s likely to jump at the chance to take the new job, noting that he’s already a senior member of the trade subcommittee.

             ●          The embattled U.S. Export-Import Bank on Thursday said it authorized $1.7 billion in financing to support U.S. exports of helicopters, business jets and agricultural aircraft since fiscal 2012, aiding a sector hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis, Reuters news service reported (WTD, 10/15/14).  Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg said the financing helped companies such as United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) unit Sikorsky Aircraft by giving their customers access to the same kind of export credit financing offered by competitors.

 “We want to make sure that when Sikorsky is competing with Airbus, that it’s a level playing field. People need to know that financing is available,” he told Reuters during a visit to a Sikorsky plant in rural Pennsylvania on Thursday.  The bank has come under attack from some Republicans, who view it as big business welfare and want it wound down. Supporters say it plays a vital role in driving exports.  Hochberg, who visited the Toulouse facility of European airplane maker Airbus last week, said the bank’s financing for general aviation deals would reach $2 billion by the end of the year, doubling a target set in February 2013.  That compares to $160 million in similar deals financed in fiscal 2010 and $105 million in fiscal 2011, the bank said.

             ●          Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to accept the expected resignation of trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi over the alleged misuse of political funds, a government source said Sunday, Kyodo news service reported (WTD, 10/17/14).  Jiji Press reported that Obuchi has made up her mind to resign over her alleged fraudulent political fund reports, informed sources said Saturday  Obuchi conveyed the same day her intention to quit to people close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the sources.  She is expected to tender her resignation to Abe as early as Monday, the sources said.  Abe will speed up work to select a successor to Obuchi in an effort to minimize impacts of the scandal on his administration.

 With Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yuko Obuchi set to step down over a fund scandal, the Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties are planning to pursue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s responsibility for appointing her to the post during parliamentary debates, Jiji reported. The opposition camp is also considering having Obuchi testify over the case under oath at the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet.  In a television program on Sunday, DPJ policy chief Tetsuro Fukuyama said that Obuchi should make an explanation on the matter as early as possible.

             ●          US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service Chief Aristóteles Núñez Sánchez Friday signed a mutual recognition arrangement that allows stronger collaboration between CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and SAT’s New Certified Companies Scheme.  The goal of the mutual recognition arrangement is to link the two industry partnership programs, so that together they create a unified and sustainable security posture that can assist in securing and facilitating global cargo trade.

 The arrangement provides tangible and intangible benefits to program members to include: fewer exams when shipping cargo, a faster validation process, common standards, efficiency for Customs and business, transparency between Customs administrations, business resumption, front-of-the-line processing, and marketability.

 In addition to Mexico, the United States also has mutual recognition arrangements with New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Korea, Israel, Jordan, the European Union and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.

             ●          Russian leader Vladimir Putin told EU leaders he wants pro-Russia rebels to make peace with Ukraine at a meeting in Milan on Friday, the EU Observer reported (WTD, 10/16/14). Coming out of the talks, British PM David Cameron noted: “Putin said very clearly that he doesn’t want a frozen conflict, he doesn’t want a divided Ukraine … if that is the case, Russia has to take actions to put in place all that has been agreed.”

 EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy added: “President Putin made very clear he doesn’t want another Transniestria [a frozen conflict in Moldova] and that the Donbas region [the conflict zone in east Ukraine] is an integral part of Ukraine.”  Like Cameron, he alluded to the fact that Putin has broken promises before.  “To this effect it is essential that we ensure implementation of the Minsk agreements [a Russia-Ukraine peace deal in September] … The keyword was implementation, implementation, implementation,” Van Rompuy said.  German chancellor Angela Merkel was also sceptical.

             ●          The European Union and Singapore have concluded the negotiations of the investment part of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, the EU announced. This marks the successful conclusion of the negotiations of the entire EUSFTA, following the initialling of the other parts of the agreement in September 2013.

 The Investment Protection Chapter in the EUSFTA will strengthen investment relations between the EU and Singapore. The chapter commits both the EU and Singapore to ensuring a stable and fair regime for foreign investors while preserving the right of the parties to regulate in the public’s interest.  The Investment Protection Chapter will now undergo legal scrubbing before both sides will formally finalize the negotiations. After the agreement has been translated into all official EU languages the agreement will be signed and ratified by both parties.

             ●          Brazil notified the World Trade Organization Thursday it is seeking consultations with Indonesia regarding certain measures imposed by Indonesia on imports of chicken meat and chicken products.  According to Brazil, the Indonesian measures in question effectively prohibit Brazilian chicken meat and chicken products from entering the Indonesian market. These measures appear to be inconsistent with Indonesia’s obligations under the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, the Agreement on Agriculture, the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures, the Agreement on Preshipment Inspection, and the GATT 1994, Brazil contends.

             ●         Taiwan has confirmed its desire to forge a trade deal with Australia and rejected suggestions that mainland China could “meddle” in its efforts for deeper regional ties, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.  “While mainland China’s economic rise has indeed made it an important trade partner to many countries, Taiwan by no means requires the mainland’s approval to enter into trade talks with neighbours,” said Taiwan executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun.

 In a statement that lauded the “deepened” ties and closer trade links between Taiwan and Australia, Mr Sun said his country’s “hope is that the two sides will take this relationship one step further and conclude a free trade agreement that will help bring robust growth to the entire Asian-Pacific economy.”




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Asia-Pacific


TPP.  Association of Research Libraries analysis of the leaked TransPacific Partnership intellectual property rights text.  (available at:  http://policynotes.arl.org/post/100163582662/new-wikileaks-of-the-trans-pacific-partnership )  issued:  10/17/14.


TPP.  Electronic Frontiers Foundation analysis of the leaked TransPacific Partnership intellectual property rights text.  (available at: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/latest-tpp-leak-shows-us-still-pushing-terrible-drm-and-copyright-term-proposals )  issued:  10/17/14.


TPP.  Letter from several US software publishers on trans-border data flow issues in the TransPacific Partnership.  (available at:  http://www.bsa.org/~/media/Files/Policy/Trade/15OctoberMultiassociationTPPLetter.pdf )  issued:  10/15/14.



Canada


India.  Canadian statement on trade with India.  (available at:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1492106454d65d04 )  issued:  10/17/14.



China


US Trade.  Commerce Department statement on trade with China.  (available at:  http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2014/10/17/expanding-us-china-commercial-relations-remains-top-priority )  issued:  10/17/14.



Customs


Mexico.  Customs Bureau announcement of new mutual recognition agreement with Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/2014-10-17-000000/us-mexico-sign-mutual-recognition-arrangement )  issued:  10/17/14.



Energy


LNG.  Progressive Policy Institute report on liquified natural gas exports.  (available at:  http://www.progressivepolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014.10-Freeman_Exporting-Natural-Gas.pdf )  issued:  10/16/14.



European Union


Imports.  European Union report on recent import actions.  (available at:  http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2013/august/tradoc_151694.pdf )  issued:  10/16/14.


Singapore.  European Union statement on investment negotiations with Singapore.  (available at:  http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1164 )  issued:  10/17/14.



Export Controls


Sanctions.  Treasury Department statement on sanctions against ISIL.  (available at: http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2669.aspx )  issued:  10/17/14.



Foreign Investment


Singapore.  European Union statement on investment negotiations with Singapore.  (available at:  http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1164 )  issued:  10/17/14.


India


Canada.  Canadian statement on trade with India.  (available at:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1492106454d65d04 )  issued:  10/17/14.



Intellectual Property Rights


TPP.  Association of Research Libraries analysis of the leaked TransPacific Partnership intellectual property rights text.  (available at:  http://policynotes.arl.org/post/100163582662/new-wikileaks-of-the-trans-pacific-partnership )  issued:  10/17/14.


TPP.  Electronic Frontiers Foundation analysis of the leaked TransPacific Partnership intellectual property rights text.  (available at: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/latest-tpp-leak-shows-us-still-pushing-terrible-drm-and-copyright-term-proposals )  issued:  10/17/14.



Internet


TPP.  Letter from several US software publishers on trans-border data flow issues in the TransPacific Partnership.  (available at:  http://www.bsa.org/~/media/Files/Policy/Trade/15OctoberMultiassociationTPPLetter.pdf )  issued:  10/15/14.



Japan


Business Mission.  Commerce Department statement on trade mission to Japan and South Korea.  (available at:  http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2014/10/17/us-secretary-commerce-penny-pritzker-leads-business-development-mission-japan-and-so )  issued:  10/18/14.


Mexico.  Japanese statement on trade talks with Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2014/1016_01.html )  issued:  10/18/14.




Korea (South)


Business Mission.  Commerce Department statement on trade mission to Japan and South Korea.  (available at:  http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2014/10/17/us-secretary-commerce-penny-pritzker-leads-business-development-mission-japan-and-so )  issued:  10/18/14.



Mexico


Customs.  Customs Bureau announcement of new mutual recognition agreement with Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/2014-10-17-000000/us-mexico-sign-mutual-recognition-arrangement )  issued:  10/17/14.


Japan.  Japanese statement on trade talks with Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2014/1016_01.html )  issued:  10/18/14.


Trucking.  Transportation Department notice on the cross-border trucking program with Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/international-programs/mexico-cross-border-trucking-pilot-program )  issued:  10/10/14.



Middle East


Sanctions.  Treasury Department statement on sanctions against ISIL.  (available at: http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2669.aspx )  issued:  10/17/14.



Seychelles


WTO.  World Trade Organization statement on members of Seychelles.  (available at:  http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news14_e/acc_syc_17oct14_e.htm )  issued:  10/17/14.




Singapore


European Union.  European Union statement on investment negotiations with Singapore.  (available at:  http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1164 )  issued:  10/17/14.



Taiwan


Trade Policy.  World Trade Organization trade policy review of Taiwan.  (available at:  https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=127860,127837,127825,127867,127870,127861,127864,127865,127877,127874&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=3&FullTextSearch= )  issued:  10/17/14.



Trade Policy


US.  Public Citizen statement no US trade policy.  (available at:  http://citizen.typepad.com/eyesontrade/2014/10/a-trade-storm-is-brewing.html )  issued:  10/17/14.



Transportation


Mexican Trucking.  Transportation Department notice on the cross-border trucking program with Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/international-programs/mexico-cross-border-trucking-pilot-program )  issued:  10/10/14.



World Economy


WTO.  Remarks by World Trade Organization Director General Azevedo to the WTO/UNCTAD forum on world economic growth.  (available at:  http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/spra_e/spra37_e.htm )  issued:  10/15/14.





World Trade Organization


Seychelles.  World Trade Organization statement on members of Seychelles.  (available at:  http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news14_e/acc_syc_17oct14_e.htm )  issued:  10/17/14.


World Economy.  Remarks by World Trade Organization Director General Azevedo to the WTO/UNCTAD forum on world economic growth.  (available at:  http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/spra_e/spra37_e.htm )  issued:  10/15/14.


What we’re covering this week –

    TransPacific Partnership negotiators meet throughout the week – first in Canberra for more technical level talks and then in Sydney, where trade ministers of the 12 countries will try to make progress.  Here in Washington, it’s a fairly slow week.

             ●          On Monday, Labor Secretary Tom Perez addresses a National Press Club luncheon.

             ●          Also Monday, Colombian Labor Minister Luis Eduardo Garzon speaks to the Inter-American Dialogue.

             ●          TPP talks get underway in Canberra.

             ●          Tuesday, the World Trade Organization’s General Counsel meets.

             ●          Wednesday, the Brookings Institution sponsors a program on global implications of data flows between the United States and European Union.

             ●          On Thursday, the American Intellectual Property Law Association holds its annual meeting.

             ●          Friday, US Trade Representative Michael Froman arrives in Sydney for the crucial TPP trade ministers meeting that will continue over the weekend.


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•  Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer comments on Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership on October 9 at the Financial Services Roundtable.

•  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp speaks to WTD about prospects for Trade Promotion Authority legislation on September 18.

•  Visiting South African President Jacob Zuma was asked at the National Press Club on August 4 what impact has President Obama’s color had on US relations with Africa.

•  Comments by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden to the press on trade and transparency on July 16.

•  Australia News Network interviews World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo during his visit to the G-20 meetings in Sydney on July 17.

•  New House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on June 22 tells Fox News Sunday why the US Export-Import Bank should end.

•  Here’s why Congressional ignorance can be very dangerous when it comes to willy-nilly support for free trade agreements, according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

 •  Here’s what’s at stake with Trade Promotion Authority and why Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany can’t sleep at night.

 •  Here’s what Wisconsin Republican Rep. Tom Petri said on the House floor April 10 about TTIP and Bratwurst.

 •  Here’s a brief interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry report with House Financial Services Chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on the dangers of renewing the US Export-Import Bank given April 17.

 •  Here’s a brief snippet from remarks April 8 by Senate Finance Committee ranking Republican Orrin Hatch saying he is befuddled over why the President says he supports Trade Promotion Authority but doesn’t do anything about.

 •  Here’s Aspen Institute scholar and former Reagan Administration Assistant Secretary of Commerce speaking about with WTD on the many iterations of a US-European Union free trade agreement after a recent Hudson Institute event.

 •  Here’s what veteran House Democrat Richard Neal (Mass) – one of four cochairs of the new House TTIP Caucus – told WTD during a reception celebrating the caucus creation on April 3.

 •  Here’s what World Trade Organization chief spokesperson Keith Rockwell said in Washington on how and why the WTO is back.

 •  Here’s what Council of Economic Advisors Chair Jason Furman told the Joint Economic Committee last week about why there is so little mention of trade in the Economic Report of the President.

 •  This is why the European Union is wrong when it says it will never allow imports of US hormone-treated beef, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack tells WTD.

 


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