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Jonathan McHale -Deputy Assistant US (USTR) – Trans- Pacific Partnership

Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce Policy
Responsible for telecommunications and electronic commerce trade policy at USTR since 1997, including policy development, negotiation, enforcement and dispute settlement. Specific responsibilities include: • Lead negotiator for telecommunications and electronic commerce issues in the Trans- Pacific Partnership FTA • Lead negotiator for ICT Trade Principles, concluded so far with the EU and Japan • Implementation of the WTO Basic Telecommunications Agreement, focusing on the EU, Mexico, Japan, and Korea and China, including annual review of compliance; • Implementation of telecommunications and electronic commerce chapters in FTAs with Singapore, Australia, Morocco, Bahrain, and Korea; • Formulating policy on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce, in WTO and regional organization; • Bilateral negotiating on telecommunication deregulation issues with Japan; • Developing negotiating goals for the telecommunications sector for ongoing WTO services negotiations. • Implementation of APEC telecommunications Mutual Recognition Arrangements; and • Implementation of NAFTA telecommunications standards provisions. Prior to joining USTR he was an economic officer in the Department of State, serving in Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Paris. He has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in international relations from Columbia University.

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If you haven’t heard much about the TPP, that’s part of the problem right there. It would be the largest trade deal in history — involving countries stretching from Chile to Japan, representing 792 million people and accounting for 40 percent of the world economy – yet it’s been devised in secret.

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The Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) Agreement Must Be Defeated


he Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.