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US-ASEAN Business Council Welcomes Release of TPP Full Text

(Washington D.C.) -The Council welcomes today’s release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The Council and our member companies are reviewing the content, and we will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to help ensure we have a strong, high-standards, TPP which will advance U.S. interests.
TPP includes 4 ASEAN nations (Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam), and three others (Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand) have expressed interest in joining.  As the TPP is a strategic element in the USG’s overall policy of rebalancing towards Asia, we urge the U.S. government to articulate future pathways for those ASEAN nations not currently eligible to join the TPP to participate in the agreement when they are ready.
“The 4 ASEAN nation members of the TPP include some of the fastest growing commercial markets for US goods, services, and investment in Asia,” said Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council.  “While US exports of goods and services to these competitive and growing markets have increased in recent years, America’s market share has declined.  The TPP can help US business to compete more effectively in these markets by creating a more level playing field with competitors from Europe and Asia.   
“Further, if Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand join TPP in the future, American companies will have access to more than 500 million mostly young consumers”, Feldman  continued.
The TPP has already had a positive impact on international trade policy discussions in ASEAN opening the way for more significant engagement with the ten nations who will form the ASEAN Economic Community on December 31st, 2015.  

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