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November 21, 2016 | BY: TIMOTHY AEPPEL & MAI NGUYEN Beyond the furor, shoemakers are experimenting with ways to take human labor out of manufacturing their goods, wherever they are made. Reebok, the Canton, Massachusetts-based shoe company now owned by Germany’s Adidas AG, is building a laboratory in Rhode Island to refine a process to Read more »
November 7, 2016 | BY: RAMESH PONNURU Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump say they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal among 12 countries. The second-place finisher in each party’s presidential primaries — Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz — opposed it, too. These facts would seem to doom the Obama administration’s goal of getting Read more »
November 7, 2016 | BY: MOMENTUM SP REID SECURITIES Strategic collaboration with Africa has become a priority in the global North, East, and West. Powers that once saw the African continent primarily as a source of raw materials now focus on “partnership” and “development,” following the lead of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act Read more »
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: EU-Canada Trade Deal Signed, Overcoming Hurdles in Belgium
November 3rd, 2016 Leaders from the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday, following several weeks of talks to win the required backing of all 28 EU member states. The bilateral agreement aims to strengthen the economic relationship between the two transatlantic trading powers, such as by reducing barriers Read more »
October 26th, 2016| BY: Alan Reynolds After three intense presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump managed to agree on at least one thing: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for America, in part because many trade deals have supposedly caused trade deficits. Unfortunately, they’re both wrong. The country would be better served by candidates who Read more »
October 23rd, 2016| BY: Emily Cadman When the Marie Schulte rounds the breakwater off the Chinese port of Qingdao in early November, bankers on two continents will be watching anxiously. In particular, they’ll be focused on 88 bales of cotton worth approximately $35,000 that the container vessel is carrying — not because of the value Read more »
October 14th, 2016| BY: Mitsuru Obe The Japanese government on Friday urged Parliament to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal quickly, showing the drive in Asia to keep it alive despite opposition from U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “Japan’s ratification would give an impetus for early ratification in the United States,” said Read more »
October 12th, 2016 | BY: CHRISTINE BLISS As Congress debates how best to grow the American economy, business leaders know the services sector is vital to our economic growth and competitiveness. Trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would significantly benefit the largest and fastest growing sector in the U.S. economy. Services account for 78 Read more »
The Seattle Times: NAFTA comes under fire in campaign, but scrapping trade deal would come at significant costs
October 3rd, 2016 | BY: Neil Irwin When you buy an “American-made” car, you are probably buying a car that has an immensely complicated mix of components that were also made in Mexico and Canada. The same is true for many electronics, and advanced textiles such as carpeting. The beef in your grocery store Read more »
September 30, 2016 | BY: JENNIFER RANKIN A team of 90 EU negotiators will travel to New York for five days of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), starting on Monday. Hopes of a deal before US president Barack Obama leaves the White House in mid-January have evaporated, raising doubts about whether TTIP Read more »