About Jean Heilman GrierJean Heilman Grier has more than 25 years of experience in international trade as a US trade negotiator, lawyer, and adviser, and has written extensively on international trade issues. Most recently, she was the Senior Procurement Negotiator with the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She is a principal in the consulting firm, Djaghe, LLC, and writes regularly on trade issues at: http://trade.djaghe.com.
By Jean Heilman Grier. Posted March 3, 2014
Government procurement has been treated quite differently in trade agreements initiated by the US than in those that have been led by Asian governments. US-led trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), incorporate government procurement commitments as an important element. In contrast, Asian-led trade agreements omit or minimize government procurement provisions. The parties to Asian agreements, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), should consider the benefits of including government procurement in their trade pacts.
By Jean Heilman Grier. Posted May 31, 2013
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is akin to other free trade agreements (FTAs) that the United States (US) has negotiated over the past two decades that are aimed at opening markets and providing new opportunities for US goods, services, and firms. The TPP is the first FTA to be negotiated by the Obama Administration. The three FTAs (with Colombia, the Republic of Korea, and Panama) that the Obama Administration implemented in 2012 were negotiated and signed by the prior administration. The TPP will be the most significant FTA that the US has negotiated since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, which entered into force in 1994.
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