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USMEF to Participate on TPP Trade Panel May 19

Published: May 13, 2016

The World Trade Center of Denver is hosting its 43rd Annual World Trade Day event on Thursday, May 19. This year’s theme is “Exploring Your Trans-Pacific Partners.” A full agenda and other details are available online.

Progress on ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promises to be one of the event’s most prominent topics, especially with regard to the TPP’s impact on agricultural trade. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is a keynote speaker, and Thad Lively, USMEF senior vice president for trade access, will serve on a discussion panel titled, “TPP's Impact on Global Trade and NAFTA.”

“There is a lot of concern in the agricultural community about a lack of momentum for TPP and whether it will gain enough support for congressional approval,” Lively said. “Obviously the USMEF membership – which passed a resolution last year in unanimous support of TPP – shares these concerns. This is the type of event that can help educate the public about the benefits of TPP, and USMEF was pleased to receive an invitation to participate.”