USTR – Washington

U.S. Welcomes New Opportunities for U.S. Suppliers Under Revised WTO Government Procurement Agreement

The new amendment to the GPA expands business opportunities for American firms to supply goods and services to foreign governments estimated to be worth between $80-100 billion annually.

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Iraq, U.S. Make Progress in First Trade, Investment Meeting

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Iraq is currently the United States’ 27th-largest goods trading partner and 60th-largest export market, according to the USTR.

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Notorious Markets’ List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy

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USTR Froman announced the findings of the 2013 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, which identifies markets around the world that harm businesses and undermine workers through the infringement of IPR.

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U.S. Trade Representative at World Trade Organization Meeting

We strongly agree that the WTO’s first order of business must be to finish what we started that means implementing the historic Trade Facilitation Agreement that we completed in Bali in December.

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Internet-Enabled Trade a Boon to Small Businesses

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Internet-enabled trade is empowering millions of small businesses to sell their goods and services to customers around the world 24 hours a day, says an official of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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High-Level Visit to China Will Strengthen U.S. Asia-Pacific Ties

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Secretary of Commerce Pritzker and Trade Representative Froman will travel to Beijing to co-chair the 24th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang.

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Bali Agreement: Saving Money, Growing Trade, Raising Incomes Worldwide

Trade facilitation boosts trade by reducing costs and delays for traders, through measures that provide predictability, simplicity and uniformity in customs and other border procedures.

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Bali Agreement: Promoting Food Security, Facilitating Competition, Enhancing Exports

Agriculture and trade in agricultural goods support families and communities around the world – and agriculture is a key part of almost every World Trade Organization Member’s trade.

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Bali Agreement: Trade as a Tool to Alleviate Poverty

The development outcomes of the Bali package will further facilitate the integration of developing countries – and especially least developed countries (LDCs) – into the multilateral trading system.

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“WTO has Entered a New Era”

USTR Michael Froman speaking at the Ministerial Conference in Bali

Michael Froman in Bali: “It took us until Saturday, one extra day, but indeed, the WTO has entered a new era. For the first time in its almost 20-year history, the WTO reached a fully multilateral agreement.”

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