USTR Holds Public Hearing on Mexico and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Washington, D.C. - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today held a public hearing on matters related to Mexico’s participation in the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Ten individuals representing industry associations, non-governmental organizations, and organized labor offered testimony to officials from USTR and other U.S. government agencies.

“USTR is committed to transparency in trade negotiations,” said Ambassador Kirk. “Today’s hearing is a good example of our engagement with interested stakeholders and members of the public. As the TPP negotiations progress, we will continue to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to express their views.”

Counselor and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics Doug Bell presided over the proceedings. Barbara Weisel, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas, also participated in the hearing. The testimony presented today, as well as all comments received in response to USTR’s Federal Register notice, are available at, docket number USTR-2012-0014.