Calvo emphasizes Guam's trade potential - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Calvo emphasizes Guam's trade potential

Posted: Updated:

While details of the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership meetings on Guam have remained a secret, Governor Eddie Calvo had a chance to meet with some of the key negotiators from the United States to stress the potential of our island. Over the past week, Guam has been the host to several individuals representing different parts of the world.

They're here on island as part of meetings related to a free trade agreement that are currently under negotiation between 12 different countries. While much of the meetings have remained closed door and details limited, the island's chief executive says he had a chance to meet with some key negotiators from the US. "It was an opportunity to really sit down with them," Calvo said. "We had a representative from Congresswoman [Madeleine] Bordallo's office and some representatives for the Guam Chamber of Commerce to talk a little about Guam and some of the issues that we have in regards to economic development. And of course she gave us a little briefing of the ongoing negotiations between the United States and other potential TPP partners, so it was fruitful."

The meetings were with Marta Prado, the director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific for the US trade representative and Barbara Weisel, the assistant US trade representative. Weisel is also the US chief negotiator for the TPP. Governor Calvo says he wants these global representatives to take notice of how Guam not only is an American territory but in the Asia Pacific Region. "And to look at the territories of the united states particularly to Guam and the Marianas in what we hold in our potential economically, not only for the United States but for the benefit of American citizens here in US territories such as Guam and Northern Marianas," he said.

As for the secrecy behind the meetings related to the TPP, Governor Calvo says it's not unusual. "But obviously when it comes to trade negotiations they are kept out from the public, these are discussion between nations and that's how it's always been," he said.

He does however note that the trade representatives indicated that negotiators did "bring up Guam in the equation." The governor added, "But obviously Guam is outside of the US Custom Trade Zone and that's something we can petition whether we want to or not I must say that's its been to our advantage being outside the US Custom Trade Zone and we've used it in the past to our benefit, but also, there are other laws and treaties that do have an impact on Guam and they may or may not be a part of the discussion between the trade representatives of the United States and these other nations that make up TPP."

Meetings continue on Guam before moving to the Philippines at the end of the month.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Find awesome deals on the Shop Guam app

    Find awesome deals on the Shop Guam app

    It's the biggest shopping event in the Western Pacific, and it's back just in time for your holiday shopping needs. Take advantage of the over 300 offers and discounts during the Guam Visitors Bureau 6th Annual Shop Guam e-Festival. The campaign kicked off earlier this month and runs through February 2018. Download the Shop Guam mobile app, available on both iOS and Android Devices, for more information.More >>
    It's the biggest shopping event in the Western Pacific, and it's back just in time for your holiday shopping needs. Take advantage of the over 300 offers and discounts during the Guam Visitors Bureau 6th Annual Shop Guam e-Festival. The campaign kicked off earlier this month and runs through February 2018. Download the Shop Guam mobile app, available on both iOS and Android Devices, for more information.More >>
  • GFD back up to 8 operable ambulances

    GFD back up to 8 operable ambulances

    They respond to thousands of calls a year. With that being said, mechanical failures will happen from time to time, but the Guam Fire Department is back up to 8 ambulances serving the island daily. According to Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas, currently there are 2 that are serving as back up and 3 that are still undergoing repairs. "There's a rare occurrence that multiple units go down at the same time mostly for the same reasons- which is really air con units in the patient compar...More >>
    They respond to thousands of calls a year. With that being said, mechanical failures will happen from time to time, but the Guam Fire Department is back up to 8 ambulances serving the island daily. According to Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas, currently there are 2 that are serving as back up and 3 that are still undergoing repairs. "There's a rare occurrence that multiple units go down at the same time mostly for the same reasons- which is really air con units in the patient compar...More >>
  • Government wants full payment from Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho

    Government wants full payment from Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho

    It's a $750 wedding ring, but its significance and meaning, priceless. While Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho is serving life behind bars, the government argues he's not being held fully accountable for his crimes. Five years ago, Camacho kidnapped and raped Monique Baza after she made a quick run to the bakery for bread. Though it's a minimal amount for the ring that was never recovered, defense has motioned to waive restitution.  The government, in its response this week, argued ...More >>
    It's a $750 wedding ring, but its significance and meaning, priceless. While Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho is serving life behind bars, the government argues he's not being held fully accountable for his crimes. Five years ago, Camacho kidnapped and raped Monique Baza after she made a quick run to the bakery for bread. Though it's a minimal amount for the ring that was never recovered, defense has motioned to waive restitution.  The government, in its response this week, argued ...More >>
Powered by Frankly