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Ready to Discuss; Iowa Competitive

Ready to Discuss After previously calling it unsustainable, the Biden Administration has reportedly notified WTO members that it is “ready to discuss” a 10-point proposal for reforming Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT) that has been drafted by developing countries. While opponents of the White House capitulation on intellectual property rights might be wary, there is much to discuss. The developing countries say S&DT should be precise, effective, and operational. The U.S. should counter-argue that tariff rate quotas should also be precise, effective, and operational.  Three-quarters of the WTO membership are S&DT beneficiaries, which is the equivalent of trade welfare. This group includes China, the wo...

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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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