Getting It Done: U.S. Leadership and TPP Negotiations in 2013

Diplomatic Courier
In this article, Welles Orr discusses the outlook for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations in 2013. If implemented, this comprehensive agreement will reduce or eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers for trade and investment among all the participating countries. It aims to cover industrial and agricultural goods, textiles, and apparel, and will address rules on intellectual property protection and trade in services. The negotiations also seek to address new issues involving competitiveness and the treatment of state-owned enterprises. President Obama has not currently included the TPP negotiations as a policy priority for his second term, but the business community hopes he will continue the discussions and bring the TPP to closure.
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