U.S., Chile, Convene Environmental Affairs Council, Plans Indo Pacific Meeting

Officials from the U.S. and Chile met this week as part of the Environmental Affairs council under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement. The council is chaired by Assistant United States Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources Kelly Milton. The officials reviewed the progress of implementation obligations under the environmental chapter of the free trade agreement. The talks focused on climate, illegal fishing and strengthening ocean conservation. Meanwhile, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office Tuesday also announced an upcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Ministerial meeting. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will co-host the meeting September 8-9 in Los Angeles, California. Tai and Raimondo held a virtual Ministerial in July, reaffirming their goal to pursue ongoing and intensified engagements with Indo-Pacific partner countries. They held the first virtual Ministerial in May, shortly after the official launch in Japan. Ambassador Tai also held an informal meeting with the partners in June.