New England Council Welcomes Trade Leader Michael Froman

At The New England Council’s March event in Washington, D.C., Members were able to hear Matthew Vogel, the Chief of Staff in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), speak on trade matters.  Following that informative presentation, on April 14th, the Council was pleased to welcome U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to speak to New England Council members at a luncheon at the Hampshire House in Boston.

Ambassador Froman is the nation’s premier “point-person” for trade negotiations and enforcement of treaty obligations.  His presence was particularly timely as the United States is currently negotiating two major trade treaties: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with the nations of the European Union.  He is also scrutinizing a host of other sensitive issues under negotiation and diligently working to ensure our trading partners are abiding by their obligations.

During his remarks, Ambassador Froman spoke of trade in terms of opportunity that would open markets to American goods and services, create jobs in our nation, and increase world labor, environmental, and intellectual property standards.  The Ambassador noted that “globalization is here, and here to stay” and that it was incumbent upon the United States to shape the debate, rather than be shaped by it.

A full copy of the Ambassador’s remarks can be found on the USTR website, or by clicking on this LINK.  The New England Council is delighted to have a positive relationship with the USTR’s office and looks forward to a continued discourse with them on a variety of trade issues.

With the growth in international trade becoming an ever-increasing draw for business and job growth in the New England region, the New England Council recently formed a Trade Working Group to promote a unified regional voice on the importance and impact that trade has on – and for – New England.  The Working Group is open to any member of the Council with an interest in trade issues.  Council Members who are interested in the Trade Working Group should please contact Peter Phipps or Taylor Pichette in the Council’s Washington, D.C. office.

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