US Treasury Chief To Brief Key Allies On Trump Policies


US Treasury Chief To Brief Key Allies On Trump Policies

"Inclusive growth means first of all that growth has to be shared with all segment and regions of society", Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Friday. "Now, the emphasis-and Secretary Mnuchin was very clear about this-is about tax reform". "What they are considering now is a lot less worrying".

Mr Mnuchin said the opening-up of the market for beef sales to China was a "huge deal" for the administration and for USA farmers.

"The Americans are free to choose their policy", he said.

Trump has proposed slashing the US corporate income tax rate and offer multinational businesses a steep tax break on overseas profits brought back to the U.S. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group representing many advanced economies, has urged the U.S.to lower its corporate tax rate.

And some officials are uneasy about the tax overhaul fueling a degenerative competition toward lower corporate tax rates around the world.

The questions have centered on when Congress is likely to move forward with an overhaul plan and what it might look like, the senior official said.

The China deal came just months after Trump was attacking Beijing in an election campaign in which he promised to restore trade barriers if he felt they were needed to protect United States interests.

But despite fear of restrictive trade practices under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the G-7 statement, issued after a meeting in southern Italy, skipped any explicit wording on protectionism, as did the finance chief's statement of the Group of 20 economies at their gathering in March.

"We do not want to be protectionist, but we reserve our right to be protectionist to the extent that we believe trade is not free and fair", he told reporters at the end of the two-day meeting.

Already, Trump has yanked the United States out of the 12-nation Trans Pacific trade agreement and threatened to pull out of its NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Later, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said he and other ministers told Mnuchin not to weaken global policies that had been put together painstakingly over years and had helped the world economy recover from the financial crisis that broke almost a decade ago.

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Britain are meeting in the Italian city of Bari to discuss the world economy, combating terrorist funding, cyber security and taxes. Economists point to the Trump administration's focus on reducing the US trade deficits with other countries rather than retraining the labor force. It said Morneau emphasized that trade between the two countries was balanced and supported middle-class jobs.

Others topics for discussion have included strengthening cybersecurity, reaching an agreement on worldwide tax rules, and countering terrorism financing.

Yet, they did not address the risks of protectionism, according to Italian officials.

The focus on cyber crime followed a globe-spanning wave of cyber attacks that hit computer systems in almost 100 countries on Friday, notably disrupting Britain›s health service and bringing production at carmaker Renault to a standstill in France.

"What is new is the will to provide a framework in which outline all policy tools - structural, fiscal, financial, and social - necessary to sustain growth, and ensure it leaves no one behind", Padoan said.