The Trans-Pacific Partnership and its Implications for the US Economy
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Aug , 4, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


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Join us for a discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its implications for the US economy

Presented in Partnership by the
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

11:30 a.m. luncheon, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. program
Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, Four South Cascade
Registration Deadline:  Monday, August 1, 2016
Admission $25
underground parking validated
The passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal faces opposition from the 2016 presidential candidates in both major parties. Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) oppose the deal, arguing that it will hurt American workers. Green Party candidate Jill Stein also opposes the deal for similar reasons. Gary Johnson (L) is the only candidate in the race who said he would sign the TPP because it will “advance free trade.”
The TPP, a trade agreement negotiated among 12 countries including the United States, has sparked a heated debate about the benefits of trade agreements to the US economy.  Many proponents and critics have spoken about the potential economic impact on the TPP on the US economy.  Key areas in the agreement include intellectual property rights, telecommunications, state-owned enterprises, investment, labor, and environmental standards.  Attention has also been focused on the negotiating process – specifically, the role of Congress in setting negotiating objectives and interacting with the executive branch in ensuring the implementation of those objectives.

Matthew J. Matthews, Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Matthew J. Matthews, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, assumed his position as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and concurrently as the Senior Official for APEC on June 16, 2015. On June 7, 2016 he was sworn in as Ambassador for APEC. Prior to that, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Admiral Locklear, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command from 2013 – 2015, and the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013.

Matt served as the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007-10) focusing on trade issues that set the stage for Malaysia’s entry to the TPP negotiations, and at the U.S. Embassy in

Canberra, Australia (2004-07) where he focused on implementation of our bilateral FTA. Prior to that, while serving as the Chief of the Internal Unit in the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy Beijing (2001-04), Matt led a team which worked extensively on Chinese macroeconomic and financial reform issues.

As deputy chief of the Economic Office at the American Institute in Taiwan (1998-2001), he focused on expanding market access for US financial firms.  Matt’s earlier postings included an assignment in Islamabad, Pakistan (1995-97) analyzing economic policy, a tour in the Department of State working on bilateral relations with Brazil (1993-95), and an assignment to AIT in Taipei as the Science and Technology officer (1989-1992). He also served as an Economic Officer in Beijing (1987-1989) and as a consular officer in Hong Kong (1987) after joining the Foreign Service in 1986.

Matt speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has received five State superior honor awards as well as the CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award.  Matt grew up in Portland, Oregon. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, attended the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, and earned a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.


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