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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and APCAC Support

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Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Harvey Goldstein is a philanthropist, a strategic international business consultant, the founder and chairman of Indonesian-based Harvest International, and a member and leader of several global organizations. With decades of business experience in Indonesia and throughout the rest of Southeast Asia, Harvey Goldstein is well versed in the needs and issues of the region and works to improve economic development. The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership will have a major impact on the region, and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) is one of the organizations to which Mr. Goldstein belongs that supports this effort.

An association of nearly 30 American chambers of commerce in the Asia-Pacific region, APCAC represents over 15,000 companies with over $600 billion in investment in the area.

APCAC recently voiced its support for the TPP, a free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States, Canada, and several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Pending approval in the U.S., the FTA stands to eliminate tariffs and reduce barriers to trade.

The goal of the agreement is to harmonize numerous regulations among the countries involved for the purpose of streamlining and improving international trade to the benefit of all countries. For additional information on APCAC’s support, see the press release at www.apcac.org/apcac-applauds-signing-of-tpp.

The Natural Resources that Drive Investments in Indonesia

An American businessman based in Singapore, Harvey Goldstein is committed to advancing business interests and stimulating investment in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Due to his role in the region’s business community, Harvey Goldstein has also served as the president and governor of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Indonesia.

AmCham Indonesia offers a wide range of information on its website to explain why the country is a favorable location for foreign direct investment (FDI), including an explanation of the country’s natural resources. According to AmCham Indonesia, the country is a leading exporter of liquid natural gas and the world’s top exporter of thermal coal. Its coal is known for its high calorific value and low sulfur content, as well as its close proximity to the surface of the earth, which enables easier and more cost-effective extraction.

As a result of its location on the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire, the country also has control over significant renewable energy sources, and it holds more than 40 percent of the globe’s confirmed geothermal energy reserves.

Along with its capacity in the energy sector, the country harbors deposits of precious metals, such as gold and copper. These mineral resources are similarly located near the earth’s surface because of the country’s unique topography. On its website, AmCham Indonesia further notes that the country’s fertile soil and tropical climate are highly conducive to cultivating agricultural commodities like cocoa and coffee.