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Make it Transparent; Planting in 2019; Scale of Safety

Make it Transparent There is no word at this hour as to the outcome of today’s bilateral trade talks between Japan and the U.S. The talks are proceeding according to tradition – negotiations are held in secret until completed in order to avoid special interest group politics from influencing the outcome. The EU-U.S. trade negotiations that are scheduled to get underway on 20 August should proceed in the opposite manner. The two governments already tried the secret approach in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and failed, in large part due to a lack of trust. That trust must be even less now with Donald Trump’s unique approach to the art of a deal. Given his reputation for low veracity...

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Infrastructure investment due diligence

On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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