The US Trade Representative has notified Congress that the President intends to enter negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The initial TPP negotiating partners include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
The President intends for the agreement to have a membership and coverage that provides economically significant market access opportunities for America's workers, farmers, ranchers, service providers and small businesses. In the future, the negotiating group may be expanded to include additional countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Interested parties, regardless of location or nationality, have until January 25, 2010, to submit written comments to assist USTR as it develops its negotiating objectives for the TPP. In particular, USTR seeks comments addressed to:
In commenting on these matters, interested parties should also take into account the objective of expanding the TPP trade agreement to include other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to the matters described above, USTR is considering addressing new and emerging issues in this regional agreement. Accordingly, interested parties have an opportunity to suggest approaches that would promote innovation and competitiveness, encourage new technologies and emerging economic sectors, increase the participation of small- and medium-sized businesses in trade, and support the development of efficient production and supply chains.
For further information, or for assistance in submitting comments, please contact Duane Layton or Tiffany Smith .
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