This talk is co-sponsored by The Japan Society of New Orleans and Honorary Consul General to Japan Donna Fraiche in cooperation with the Word Trade Council of New Orleans and the Port of New Orleans.
A light social and registration will start at 5:15pm with the talk commencing at 6pm. Attendance and Parking are free.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to become more informed on one of the significant economic issues of our time.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been successfully negotiated and is now back with the signatory's governments for ratification. This is an absolutely defining moment for the United States, for Japan, for Asia and for the world economy.
In the opinion of Ms. Reade, if completed, TPP can represent a high standard, 21st century trade agreement, setting the rules for global supply chains, the digital economy, state owned enterprises, intellectual property, labor rights and environmental protection. It also represents the best hope for the US to anchor itself firmly in the Asia-Pacific, the most dynamic economic region in the world. As part of a successful TPP, the US and Japan --- the first and third largest economies in the world --- will reach a bilateral free trade agreement, which would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. Failure of the negotiation would be a grave setback for the US and Japan, and their effort to offer a rule-based alternative to China's state capitalism. this will be a strong reassertion of US global leadership, or it will be a stunning setback. The stakes couldn't be much higher.
Claire Reade is a seasoned international trade lawyer with decades of experience, who served as Assistant US Trade Representative in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), the White House entity charged with coordinating international trade and investment negotiations, include the TPP negotiations and negotiations with China.
Claire's work at USTR included managing trade negotiations with China and coordinating with other economies in East Asia, with a major focus on Japan, as she worked to eliminate key trade barriers to US exports of goods and services.
She is currently a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies focused on Asia, and is also Senior Counsel at the Washington DC law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she has practiced from 1982-2006. She advises a broad range of clients on strategic international issues related to trade negotiations, agreements, regulatory actions, litigation and dispute settlement under the World Trade Organization. As part of this work, she is closely following TPP.
Ms. Reade has frequently served as an outside lecturer, including at the Foreign Service Institute, National War College and Washington DC area universities, and she is a well-known speaker at international trade events. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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