El Salvador and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The government is seeking US support in order to improve conditions in the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to minimize the impact it will have on sectors such as textiles.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador (MINEC):

The Minister of Economy, Tharsis Solomon Lopez began a series of meetings in Washington DC with Senators, Congressmen, trade officials from the US Government and private entities, in order to present the position of the Salvadoran government in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known by its acronym TPP, in relation to the impact it could have on Salvadoran exports carried out under the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, known as CAFTA-DR.

The TPP is an agreement covering twelve countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam. Of which, Vietnam is the biggest competitor for the textile and clothing sector in the country, representing direct competition in the US market for major products made in El Salvador, including cotton and synthetic shirts, sweaters and men's underwear.

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The president of the Dominican Republic has warned the U.S. government about the impact the Trans- Pacific treaty in the textile sector in the region.

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The Ambassador of El Salvador in that country, Ruben Zamora, has already raised concerns with officials from the U.S.

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