Greg Ibach says his previous experience chairing the group’s marketing and international trade committee should help him on the advisory panel.
“So, this is kind of right up my alley coupled with my experience in promoting Nebraska agriculture across the world,” he says.
Ibach says he’s excited to be appointed to this panel as two major free trade deals are under discussion, the Trans Pacific as well as The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
“The Trans Pacific Partnership and the TTIP agreements are going to be aggressive agreements that will hopefully set the standard for agreements between countries in the future,” Ibach says. “Both of these agreements have components that are very important to agriculture.”
Ibach says he’ll work to see these deals lead to more fair trade between the nations involved.
“Hopefully, these agreements will get countries around the world, especially TTIP, get the Asian marketplace to lead and set the example to use internationally-recognized science-based protocols to help us facilitate world trade more equitably,” he says.
The purpose of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee is to provide insight from state and local governments on the activities of the U.S. Trade Representative.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton