ABSTRACT

U.S.-Thailand Free Trade Agreement Negotiations [Updated November 3, 2005]   [open pdf - 102KB]

"President Bush and Thai Prime Minister Thaskin on October 19, 2003, agreed to negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). The Bush Administration notified Congress on February 12, 2004, that it intends to begin the negotiations, prompting a 90-day consultation period with Congress and the private sector. Five negotiating rounds have taken place to date, the most recent September 26- September 30, 2005, in Hawaii. U.S. trade officials hope to conclude the negotiations by early 2006. In the notification letter sent to the congressional leadership, then-U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick put forth an array of commercial and foreign policy gains that could be derived from the agreement. The letter states that an FTA would be particularly beneficial to U.S. agricultural producers who have urged the administration to move forward, as well as to U.S. companies exporting goods and services to Thailand and investing there. Mr. Zoellick also alluded to sensitive issues that will need to be addressed: trade in automobiles, protection of intellectual property rights, and labor and environmental standards."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, RL32314
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2005-11-03
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United states Department of State: http://fpc.state.gov/
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