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Public Policy and FDI
 
By Dan O’Flaherty - August 18, 2015

A primary objective of public commercial diplomacy is to facilitate FDI on the presumption that increased foreign direct investment (FDI) brings macroeconomic benefits, especially to developing economies, e.g., economies of scale, technology transfer, the spread of best practices, and increased efficiency in enterprises and utilization of natural resources. In service to this conviction, public policies such as investment chapters in FTAs, bilateral investment treaties, and OPIC, which facilitates U.S. investment in developing economies, intend to encourage, protect and support foreign direct investment by American companies.

 
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Stabenow Voluntary Cool Proposal
 
By Gideon Gross, National Foreign Trade Council - July 13, 2015

 On June 25th, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on “Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Retaliation: What’s at stake for America’s Farmers, Ranchers, Businesses and Consumers.” The hearing was scheduled to discuss possible solutions to the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements. In the WTO hearing, both Canada and Mexico sued the United States for its mandatory COOL laws and regulations, and the U.S. lost its case in the WTO Dispute Settlement Body for the fourth time since 2011.
 
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By Gideon Gross, National Foreign Trade Council
 
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