April Could be “Do or Die" for TPP, Part 1

posted by Richard Katz on April 09, 2015

Found in Japan, US, categorized in International Trade and Investment

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Even if these two hurdles are overcome, experts say that the US must pass TPA by June and the nations must reach agreement by that month as well.


April may be the “do or die” month for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA). Two hurdles come in April, and failure to clear either one could doom TPP to become another Doha Round, i.e., trade negotiations that turn into a gabfest that goes on forever but is never concluded.

About Richard Katz

Richard Katz

Richard Katz is Editor of The Oriental Economist Report, a monthly newsletter on Japan, as well as the semi-weekly TOE Alert e-mail service on Japan, and is also a special correspondent at Weekly Toyo Keizai, a leading Japanese business weekly.

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