New publication from Navarro and Stephens
School of Business associate faculty members, Juan Navarro and Hugh Stephens, have published an article in the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy Publications (SPP Research Paper).
The article, "Canada and Associate Membership in the Pacific Alliance: an important part of a Global Trade Strategy”, provides an analysis of the Pacific Alliance Trade Agreement, with the goal of creating awareness about opportunities available to Canada as an associate member of the alliance.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
There has been considerable coverage lately of Canada’s ongoing efforts to secure preferential access to overseas markets in Asia, while trying to save NAFTA and promote its “progressive” trade agenda. The “progressive” trade agenda hit a few recent road bumps, first in Vietnam in November when a planned announcement of an “agreement in principle” on the “TPP 11 Agreement” was postponed at the last minute, and in December in Beijing when Chinese authorities balked at including additional “progressive” chapters in a free trade agreement, the negotiation of which many expected would be announced during Mr. Trudeau’s visit. Although a breakthrough on the TPP11, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, was announced on January 23, NAFTA negotiations continue to be difficult. One area that has been overlooked in all the coverage of recent events, and which holds potential for advancing Canadian trade interests in both Latin America and the Asia Pacific, is the Pacific Alliance and Canada’s pursuit of associate member status.