Pres. Trump is weighing exiting from WTOs $1.7 trillion procurement pact

Pres. Trump on WTO procurement pact

The WTO procurement pactregulates the procurement of goods and services by the public authorities of the parties to the agreement, based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination.

The aim of the Agreement is to mutually open government procurement markets among its parties, consistent with principles of reciprocity. There are 48 nations in the pact.
The government procurement agreement (GPA) parties opens procurement activities worth an estimated USD 1.7 trillion annually to international competition (i.e. to suppliers from GPA parties offering goods, services or construction services).

US Treas Sec Mnuchin says tariffs on China to remain in place until phase 2

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

  • says tariffs will stay in place until there’s a phase 2 of china trade agreement
  • says Trump may consider removing tariffs under phase 2
  • says China has made strong commitments it will not manipulate currency

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin