Senator Frank Blas Jr. says he’s received word that some high level meetings will be held on Guam to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP?
What is the TPP? Well it’s an international trade agreement that is currently in negotiations between the U.S. Government, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The meetings will be held on Guam on Friday and they will last for a few weeks. These meetings will include high level government officials from the U.S. and the 11 other countries involved. Not much is known about this agreement as it has been clouded in secrecy. The Obama Administration has not released much information about the proposed deal. Senator Blas says he’s not even sure exactly where on Guam it will be held as local leaders have not been included in these talks. The Senator does however say that despite some of the controversy surrounding this proposed trade agreement, the fact that it is being held on Guam shows Guam’s strategic importance not only for military purposes but for economic purposes as well.
“The bulk of them if not all of them are just one to two timezones away from us which makes Guam an ideal spot to be able to conduct business. So that’s my excitement in their decision to hold these meetings I’m glad that they are,” said Senator Blas.
Senator Blas says the actual negotiations will happen in the Phillipines after the meetings that are held on Guam.