TRADE in ACTION
Merkel Says Working for US - EU Trade Deal this Year
Ahead of the G-7 Summit in Japan later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Abe visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The two leaders held a press conference after their private meeting, during which Chancellor Merkel said, "we will do everything possible to negotiate the transatlantic agreement this year." - (Reuters)
On April 25, US President Barack Obama will visit the Hannover Messe, the world's largest industrial trade fair, where he will give a keynote speech with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two are expected to promote transatlantic trade relations, particularly between Germany and the United States.
Secretary of State John Kerry concluded a global trip in Los Angeles this week and spoke at the Pacific Council on International Trade to defend international free trade deals, criticizing the current presidential candidates for playing up on "fear and anger."
From April 15 - 17 the IMF and World Bank will host their annual Spring Meetings. Look at this years agenda here. The Atlantic Council's Global Business & Economics Program hosts several events in the context of the Spring Meetings- Check out the "Upcoming Event" section below or stay tuned on twitter @TTIPAction.
Last week President Obama visited Argentina. He praised new Argentine President Mauricio Macri for his swift implementation of reforms during his first 100 days in office. Obama said the two governments would work to identify barriers impeding greater trade flows between the two economies, adding that a free trade agreement was something that might lie at the end of the process. (Reuters)
The German Marshall Fund hosted its annual Brussels Forum this week, convening leaders from North America and Europe to discuss the transatlantic community's most pressing issues. Washington Post Associate Editor David Ignatius moderated a discussion between US Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström about the progress in TTIP negotiations.
Photo Credit: @MalmstromEU
EC Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman held a meeting in Washington, DC this last week with lead negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Michael Punk, Ambassador David O'Sullivan and others to gauge the current status of negotiations and the way ahead.
This week Cecilia Malmström is visiting Washington, DC to "talk TTIP" with key US policymakers as well as engage with the US public. On Friday, 9 March, she will meet with US Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss the current status of negotiations. Picture Source: European Delegation to the United States.