Topic: trans pacific partnership
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December 5, 2013 at 7:36 AM
It’s a slap in the face to Pacific Rim countries with developing economies
Plaudits to Jon Talton for raising questions about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact [“Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact,” having trouble finding this article].
He correctly raises the issues of secrecy and the process of fast tracking the agreement through Congress. The secrecy issue is a special slap in the face to several Pacific Rim countries whose economies are still developing, and whose voices in international trade agreements have frequently been overwhelmed by the influence and clout of large global corporations in the rich countries.
For many who oppose this Trans-Pacific trade pact, the issue is not only economic but also moral. My own religious denomination, recognizing that trade policies have moral implications for millions of people mired in deep poverty in developing countries, passed a resolution at the Episcopal Church General Convention last year titled “advocate for a just economy for international trade.”
October 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Trans-Pacific Partnership will help state’s job market
Jon Talton’s column highlights the critical need for a high-standard trade agreement that will benefit Washington state and the national economy [“Pivot toward Asia comes with potholes,” business, Oct 13].
Washington state has much to gain from a well-crafted agreement due to our strong economic ties with Asia. In fact, Asian countries are some of Washington’s top trading partners and Trans-Pacific Partnership countries account for one-third of Washington’s goods exports, as well as a significant portion of service exports.
With 40 percent of Washington jobs tied to international trade, TPP would be especially beneficial to our state — breaking down barriers to goods and service exports, creating jobs and generating economic growth. It would also help Washington’s manufacturing, retail and apparel companies to leverage more efficiently global supply chains in TPP countries, lower costs for Washington consumers and create more jobs at local companies.
While the negotiations for this agreement are complex, we must remain steadfast in advocating for a high-standard agreement that can generate significant economic growth here in Washington.
Ashley Dutta, Seattle
September 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM
Beware the TPP
I’m writing regarding the recent article about the woman who almost died from eating cheese infected with listeria. [“Near-fatal food poisoning spurs local woman to act,” page one, Sept. 19.]
If the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement goes through, any rules the Food and Drug Administration comes up with to protect us from unsafe foreign products will be subject to the lowest common denominator standards. These will be written by the corporations, without study by our Congress.
It would be too late to challenge agreed-upon standards.
Enid Havens, Seattle
July 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Public must fight the trade deal
With President Obama calling for completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations by October, it’s crucial that we raise public awareness right now.
The TPP can only become reality if the public remains unaware and does not demand that Congress stop this attack on our basic rights.
We all must fight this insidious undermining of basic human dignity, health, and happiness. We can’t fight if we don’t know the enemy is about to pounce.
Joe Ravenscroft, Seattle
June 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Trade agreement is problematic, should not be fast-tracked
We should all be concerned about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a far-reaching trade agreement being negotiated in secret. Congress and the rest of us have been mostly kept in the dark about its provisions, but leaked documents reveal that the TPP goes far beyond trade. Its approval could undermine US laws related to food safety, the environment and worker’s rights.
The TPP is scheduled for completion this October and the administration wants to fast-track its approval. The problem with fast-tracking is that it doesn’t allow time for review, it limits debate and it forces Congress to make an up-or-down vote with no amendments.
We have signed many trade agreements in the past without the fast-track process. It isn’t essential.
Multinational corporations are very involved in drafting the TPP, so its provisions will benefit their bottom line. It doesn’t represent the interests of the American people or U.S. companies that are not allowed to participate in the negotiations. Congress should not allow the TPP to be approved without adequate review and public input.
Sherry Kew, Seattle
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