WWD Issue 01/26/2011

By Kristi Ellis

...“If we look at Doha, one of the concerns sometimes whispered around in Geneva is that the U.S. has no leverage to ask for changes in some of the draft text when we don’t even have assurances we could bring an agreement back to Congress and not have it rewritten,” said Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel. “TPA would strengthen the U.S. position in the Doha negotiations.”

Hughes added that TPA will also be helpful in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. TPP is a regional trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S., Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Peru, Brunei, New Zealand and Chile.

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