OTTAWA, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - As Canada, the United States and 10 other
countries near the conclusion of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with
the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, is leading a senior business
delegation to Ottawa to confer with Canadian government and business
leaders on priorities for the negotiations.
"Canada and the United States approach the TPP as a unique opportunity
to build on the world's strongest trade partnership. We face similar
challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, and the opportunities are vast,"
said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of
Commerce. He added: "Canada and the United States have relatively few
bilateral trade agreements in Asia. The TPP can ensure that North
Americans aren't stuck on the outside, looking in as rapidly growing
Asian economies pursue new trade accords among themselves."
"It makes a world of sense for Canada and the U.S. to pursue this bold
new trade pact with the Asia-Pacific region together," said John
Murphy, Vice President of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce. "After 25 years of free trade, Canada and the U.S. don't just
trade with one another—we make things together. This is why the U.S.
Chamber welcomed Canada's interest in the TPP, and Americans and
Canadians will benefit together as we pursue an ambitious and
This joint mission represents an opportunity to strategize on common
objectives and underscore both business communities' strong interest in
an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard agreement that will spur
growth and create jobs among all TPP partners.
The 18th TPP negotiations round will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia,
from July 15 to 25, 2013. During the Lima Round, negotiators worked
through the outstanding issues in many areas, and significant progress
was made in chapters such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures, trade
remedies, e-commerce, cross-border trade in services, rules of origin
and legal and institutional issues. TPP countries recognize that
challenges remain in areas such as intellectual property, environment
and competition and that additional time will be required for market
access issues for goods, government procurement and services and
investment, which will require additional attention from negotiators
given the nature and complexity of these issues.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation
representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all
sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and
industry associations. Its international affairs division includes more
than 50 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific
business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely
with 116 American chambers of commerce abroad.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing some 200, 000 businesses of all sizes in
all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE: CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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