TBOWIT Board Member, Susie Hoeller, J.D., CITP, was the featured speaker at a recent February World Trade Center Tampa Bay seminar. The topic was TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We are fortunate to have Susie as a member of TBOWIT as she is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of TPP.
Susie was able to break down this complex geo-political strategy and trade deal into meaningful segments and talk about Florida's opportunity to grow. Susie specifically mentioned the benefits to exporters, small businesses, supply chains, food safety, and services exporters. She also mentioned TPP's affects on e-commerce & digital freedom, intellectual property creation, environmental protections, first-ever disciplines (to avoid unfair competition), prioritizing of good governance, sustainable development & capacity-building. Susie also dedicated a portion of her presentation on criticisms of TPP including: no anti-currency manipulation provisions, no climate change provisions, wage level disparities, & etc.
In Susie's own words,
"It is not perfect but there is no doubt that it will create new, higher paying jobs in Florida (nearly 50,000 by 2025 as projected by the Business Roundtable) and enable Tampa Bay businesses, large and small, to pursue success in exporting their goods, services, digital content and other intellectual property."
For more detailed information, find Susie at the next TBOWIT event. In the meantime, here is a link to a brief summary put out by the Department of Commerce.
floridaTPPDept of Commerce.pdf
FOR MORE INFORMATION IN SUPPORT OF TPP:
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative https://ustr.gov/tpp/
U.S. Coalition for TPP http://tppcoalition.org
Business Roundtable http://www.tradebenefitsamerica.org
U.S. Commerce Department (ITA) http://www.trade.gov