Inside U.S. Trade: "Froman: U.S.-Japan Deal Not Needed To Advance Canada Ag, Rules Issues"

July 07, 2015


U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday (July 1) made clear he does not view the lack of a bilateral market access deal with Japan as an obstacle to making progress on the other outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which he identified as those relating to agricultural market access with Canada, intellectual property (IP), investment and state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

[ July 2, 2015 | Inside U.S. Trade ]

“I think we've made good progress with Japan over the last year and a half,” he said at an event organized by Politico. “I don't really see that as an obstacle to other progress at the moment. I think all the other countries recognize that even though we may not be finished with Japan, we've made quite good progress."

“There are other issues I think that we're working on, for example, Canada market access in the agricultural area remains a very important outstanding issue. And then there are certain rules issues, whether it's intellectual property rights, or investment-related issues, some state-owned enterprise issues that we're working on as well,” he said.

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