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Trade Negotiation Calendar; NTE Concerns

Trade Negotiation Calendar This week will include U.S. and EU officials gathering in Brussels for the sixth, and potentially last session of the Trade and Technology Council. There will reportedly be agreements on AI, 6G and the microchip supply chain. Meanwhile, U.S. and Kenyan officials hold their fourth in-person negotiating session on the Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership. Agriculture will be one of the three issues covered.  Further down the road, this summer will include an in-person meeting in Ecuador of the countries participating in the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity (APEP). This one is a little awkward since out of the dozen countries, only three do not already have an FTA with the U.S. (Ecuador, Urug...

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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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