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New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva
 
By Jake Colvin - July 9, 2014

 The National Foreign Trade Council was in Geneva this week with other global business associations and companies to support the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a process to eliminate tariffs on green technologies as a means to encourage their development and use.
 
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Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization: Same Olí Criticisms Neglect Bankís Economic Value
 
By Bill Reinsch - July 9, 2014

 The current fight over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) is like déjà vu all over again – the return of a bizarre ideological debate that has been going on for at least the 40 years I’ve been working on the issue and most likely long before that – over the proper role of government in the economy. While that is a legitimate debate, applying it to the Bank in particular reflects an extraordinary level of ignorance about how the modern global economy works and where U.S. interests in that economy lie. Those of us who support the Ex-Im Bank frequently feel like we’re debating the Flat Earth Society, so profound is their refusal to acknowledge economic reality.
 
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Why the United States Should Include Financial Services in Future TTIP Agreement
 
By Sophie Bolla - July 2, 2014

 Michel Barnier, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, was recently in Washington to advocate the inclusion of financial services in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This debate has been a source of tension at the highest level on both sides of the Atlantic since the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner stated that the United States didn’t “see the need for financial services to be part of TTIP.” His statement mostly reflects the Treasury’s position, which fears that provisions on financial services regulation would weaken the Dodd-Frank reforms or at least dilute the safeguards that were created after the 2008 financial crisis. Further, it believes that other multilateral fora like the G20 or the Financial Stability Board are better settings to discuss financial services regulatory convergence.
 
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