The coming months will be critical for most people in our world. Governments of several countries are negotiating trade agreements which have the potential to impact all of us. Many of us believe the impact will be positive for the “haves” and negative for the “have-not”. The issue is complex and the Bishops have helped us with some guiding principles. Two of the major agreements are:
• The TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, includes the following countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.
• The TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, includes countries of the European Union and the United States.