Pierre Marc Johnson, Lavery counsel specialized in international trade, international negotiations, and international partnerships, chief negotiator for the Government of Quebec in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and former Premier of Quebec, gave a series of talks on issues and opportunities related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (PTP). After Montréal, Québec City, and Trois-Rivières, Mr. Johnson was in Sherbrooke on May 26, where he addressed the local business community.
During his talk, Mr. Johnson explained the principal characteristics of the two major free trade agreements that were recently concluded but have not yet been ratified by Canada: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (PTP). He also discussed the business opportunities that these agreements will open up and factors to consider in preparation for their ratification.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (PTP) was signed on February 4, 2016, by twelve countries bordering the Pacific Ocean (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) representing approximately 800 million people and a combined GDP of more than 40% of the global GDP. This is the largest regional trade agreement ever to be negotiated.
This event was made possible in part thanks to the participation of Desjardins Business and Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif.