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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
Barbara Weisel, Assistant United States Trade representative and Senior TPP Negotiaton
- Amb. Charles Shapiro, President, Institute of the Americas
- Dr. Peter Cowhey, Dean of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD and former Senior Counsel at USTR
- Dr. Laura Dawson, President, Dawson Strategic (Ottawa) and Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center
- Amb. Alan Wolff, Chairman, National Foreign Trade Council and Senior Counsel McKenna Long Aldridge
- Dr. Calman Cohen, President, the Emergency Committee for American Trade
- Michael Masserman, Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Scott Miller, Director, Global Trade Policy, Procter & Gamble Company
- Shiumei Lin, Director for Public Affairs, UPS Asia Pacific
- Gary Horlick, Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick, Computer and Communications Industry Association, adjunct professor at Yale, Georgetown and Berne universities.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the trade and competitiveness focal point for the United States and the eight negotiating partners. The members of TPP are the United States plus Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Just last week Mexico and Canada were invited to join the negotiations. TPP represents more than 40 percent of global trade and one-third of the world’s total economic activity. The TPP will profoundly affect the economic and security relations of Pacific Rim Nations. The next round of negotiations takes place in San Diego from July 2-10.
Negotiations are advancing quickly. Topics being negotiated are of vital importance to our economy nationally and here in Southern California. They include market access for goods and services, enhanced intellectual property protection, customs, cross border services, financial services, government procurement, e-commerce, health standards, rules of origin, and telecommunications.
The business roundtable will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 9:00. At 9:30 the roundtable formally begins with Panel I discussing what the TPP is, why it is important, and what the benefits are for negotiating partners. Panel II will examine specific business sectors. Over lunch, Senior U.S. Negotiator Barbara Weisel will talk about the challenges and opportunities the Trans-Pacific Partnership presents for the United States.
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