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The Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Colorado

  • Posner Center Commons 1031 33rd Street Denver, CO, 80205 United States (map)

This event is hosted by our friends at World Trade Center Denver...


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations between the United States and 11 other countries recently concluded after 5 years. TPP grew out of a smaller agreement made between just 4 countries: New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, and Brunei. In the end, 12 diverse nations, all at various levels of economic development, came together seeking to lay out the rules of the road for international commerce and trade in the Asia-Pacific. The Obama administration touts the agreement as a “21st century” trade agreement, with high standards for labor, the environment, and intellectual property rights, as well as explicit provisions for trade capacity building.

In addition to the economic benefits, the Obama administration is hoping this agreement will help the United States engage more diplomatically with Pacific Rim countries. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has stated that “TPP has been a centerpiece of our rebalancing strategy towards Asia...and underscores that the U.S. is a Pacific power.” The agreement is not without controversy, however. Leaked texts during the negotiations prompted labor, environment, and free speech groups to raise concerns, and even launch campaigns against the deal.

The finalized negotiated text will be made public in early November, so the World Trade Center Denver has assembled some excellent minds to go over both the potential benefits as well as the controversial topics of this deal. Please join us to discuss this monumental new trade policy. Light refreshments will be served.


Doug Vilsack, Posner Center

Jesse Prentice-Dunn, Sierra Club

Sam Gilchrist, AFL-CIO


Tyler Rauert, Polaris Law Group

Earlier Event: November 9
Walk in U.S., Talk of Japan
Later Event: November 16
Taiko lecture and workshop