NEC urges approval of pending trade agreements

As Congress returns to session this month, the New England Council is urging members of the New England delegation to support approval of the three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.  In letters sent to each member of the New England Congressional delegation this week, the business group notes the significant economic impact of exports to these three nations in the six New England states, and the potential for job creation if exports are increased.

The Council believes that South Korea, Colombia and Panama each offer unique market opportunities to increase the export of goods and services from New England.  The free trade agreements with these nations have been very carefully negotiated to include a variety of measures that ensure American interests are protected and appropriate labor and human rights safeguards are in place.  Not only is there great potential for job creation in New England if the agreements are approved by Congress, but eliminating barriers to trade with these three nations will make the U.S. more competitive in the global marketplace.

Visit the Business Competitiveness section of our website to learn more about the impact of trade on the region and to read samples of the letters sent to the New England delegation, or read a press release about the Council’s advocacy on this issue.

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