USTR – Geneva

Ambassador Michael Punke’s Statement at the WTO General Council

The United States stands behind its word. We have followed through in good faith on every commitment we made, and we’re ready to continue to do so. We believe that the vast majority of WTO Members take their obligations seriously.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Panama

As Panama approaches the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal next month (August 15) we are reminded that a large part of Panama’s economy is predicated on the importance of moving goods more efficiently and providing related services to support that activity.

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Ambassador Michael Punke’s Testimony on the U.S. Trade Agenda and the WTO Before the House Ways and Means Committee

The WTO is a critical aspect of the Administration’s trade and investment policy, given its important function in setting the rules that govern the global trading system.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of China

It is easy to see how dramatically trade and investment have expanded among China and its many trading partners, including the United States, since China joined the WTO.

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Statement by the United States at the June 18, 2014, DSB Meeting

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

The OECS WTO Members have made impressive strides in their efforts to integrate regionally and globally since the 2007 TPR.

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Statement by the United States at the May 23, 2014, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the meeting of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, Geneva, May 23, 2014

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Ghana

Ghana is an important and growing trading partner of the United States, and it continues to benefit from U.S. trade preference programs. In 2013, U.S. duty-free imports from Ghana under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) totaled $34.7 million. Such imports included a number of value-added cocoa products, apparel, baskets, and wood products.

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Punke on Russian Trade Measures

The United States worked hard to support Russia’s accession to the WTO, believing that having Russia as part of the rules-based global trading system would benefit all. We remain convinced that WTO membership is a critical means of ensuring predictability and accountability, on the part of Russia and all Members, to the rules-based trading system.

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Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Bahrain and Oman

The United States enjoys a strong and positive relationship with both Bahrain and Oman, with cooperation spanning many of the economic and security issues confronting the Middle East and the world.

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