Ambassadors from Mexico, Singapore, and Vietnam stressed the need for the U.S. Congress to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress. The ambassadors took part in a recent event hosted by the National Foreign Trade Council. The trade deal includes the U.S. and other countries that collectively make up 40 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product. Singapore’s ambassador said he hopes TPP is ratified and noted there’s no “plan B for the U.S.” He added there’s no chance for an alternative agreement between the U.S. and Singapore, saying “We need to have a U.S. player in the Asia-Pacific region, and all 11 ambassadors from the other countries agree that this is important.” The Vietnamese ambassador is touting the benefits of TPP as well, saying 80 percent of the Vietnam business community is backing the deal. The National Pork Producers Council is one of the many organizations urging members of Congress to vote on TPP during the upcoming lame-duck session after the elections.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.