APEC moving forward on TFA as global pact stalls

APEC logoBeijing, China, 18 August 2014 – APEC economies are pressing ahead with efforts to accelerate trade and economic growth through the elimination of costly delays to the flow of goods as they cross international borders, undeterred by the unexpected challenge to implementation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation now facing members of the World Trade Organization. Read more

U.S. welcomes Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Demetrios Marantis, Acting USTRWashington, D.C. – Apr 12, 2013. Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis announced that the United States has completed its bilateral consultations with Japan regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):

“Since November 2011, the United States has been engaged in consultations with Japan focused on Japan’s readiness to meet the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and investment, and to address specific bilateral issues of concern in the automotive and insurance sectors, as well as other Japanese non-tariff measures.

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TPP Update: After the 16th Round of Negotiations in Singapore, U.S. Congressional Research Service

TPP Countries

The 16th round of negotiations concluded in Singapore on March 14, 2013, and the 17th round is scheduled to be held in Lima, Peru in May 2013. The current goal is to reach an agreement in time for the October 2013 APEC summit in Indonesia. For this deadline to be achieved, outstanding negotiating positions may need to be tabled soon in order for political decisions to be made. The negotiating dynamic itself is complex: decisions on key market access issues such as dairy, sugar, and textiles and apparel may be dependent on the outcome of controversial rules negotiations such as intellectual property rights or state-owned enterprises.

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2013 APCAC Spring Conference: “A 2020 Vision for U.S.-Asia Partnership”

2013 APCAC Spring Conference

Th-Fr, Mar 21-22, 2013 APCAC Spring Conference  Join senior-level executives and other dignitaries from Taiwan and throughout the region, as well as the United States, for networking and in-depth discussion of key issues facing the multinational business community. The gala dinner on March 21, held jointly with Hsieh Nien Fan, will feature a keynote address by President Ma Ying-jeou. Register for hotel accommodations by Jan 31, 2013.

Welcome to 2013 APCAC

On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2013 Spring Conference of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), to be held March 21-22, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Taipei. AmCham Taipei is very excited to be playing host at this event, and we are working hard to attract attendance from senior-level executives from Taiwan and throughout the region, as well as from the United States.

APCAC, founded in 1968, now consists of 28 member AmChams in 22 economies in the Asia Pacific. The annual conference brings together hundreds of executives for networking and in-depth discussion of key issues facing the multinational business community. The gala dinner on March 21 will feature a keynote address by President Ma Ying-jeou.

The theme of this year’s conference will be “A 2020 Vision for U.S.-Asia Partnership.” Besides luncheon speeches both days, the program will include panel discussions on such topics as green energy, industry, and buildings; how FTAs and RTAs are changing the economic landscape; the impact of aging society and rapid changes of medical technologies; realigning regional supply chains; and protection of innovation and creativity in the new era. The APCAC board will also share its 2013 policy recommendations, and a number of U.S. government officials from around the region will make presentations on the state of U.S. trade and investment in their respective host countries.

AmCham Taipei believes that the conference will offer a great opportunity to promote business ties between the United States and this part of the world. If you need any additional information, we would be happy to provide it.

Once again, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2013 APCAC Spring Conference in Taipei. Enjoy the conference and enjoy your stay in Taipei!

Please click this link for more information and to register online  Register for hotel accommodations by Jan 31, 2013.

APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Getting Closer

Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program

“At the very latest, the ABTC should be up and running by the time of the 2013 APEC Summit in Indonesia.”

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