David Plunkett, Canada’s Chief Negotiator (Bilateral and Regional) in Trade Policy and Negotiations from 2009 to 2011 will speak at Carleton University on January 23.

Mr. Plunkett will discuss the trade agreements between Canada and Europe (the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA), as well as the U.S. and Mexico (the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA). His wealth of practical and behind-the-scenes knowledge will make this evening very interesting.

The talk will start with an introduction of what exactly trade policy is, using David’s own experience. In this context David will also address some NAFTA-related questions before turning to the CETA with a general overview and some stats. He will also use this opportunity to flag the Brexit situation, given that there is an important link between the CETA and what the UK does. Depending on time, he may touch on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and China, and provide some practical views as a “practitioner”. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Mr. Plunkett was Deputy Director of the U.S. Trade Policy Division from 1991 to 1993; Director of the European Union Division from 1998 to 2001; Director General, Bilateral and Regional Trade Policy from 2006 to 2009; and, most recently, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) and Chief Negotiator (Bilateral and Regional), Trade Policy and Negotiations, from 2009 to 2011.

For more information about the event, or to register, contact Odile Waslander at the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies, Ottawa Chapter, at odilew@sympatico.ca.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in ,
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