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Pragmatic Multilateralism: Remarks by USTR Michael Froman at the Graduate Institute in Geneva

I would be remiss if I stopped before underscoring the value and importance of the WTO dispute settlement process. The U.S. is one of the most active participants in the dispute settlement process and views the integrity of that process as critical. As we have made clear, this is not an area where judicial activism or the creation of new obligations through arbitrator discretion is appropriate. We will continue to underscore the importance of ensuring that the dispute settlement system is strictly bound by the agreements those Members have negotiated and remains accountable to Members.

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U.S. Statement on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Ministers Meeting in Davos

Launched in 2013, twenty-three parties are negotiating TISA, an agreement that will encompass state-of-the-art rules to promote fair and open trade across the full spectrum of service sectors – from telecommunications and technology to distribution and delivery services.

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U.S. and WTO Partners Announce Final Agreement on Landmark Expansion of Information Technology Agreement (ITA)

Today’s announcement demonstrates that the WTO can deliver real, commercially significant results, and will eliminate tariffs on hundreds of Made-In-America information technology products. A major win for the World Trade Organization, producers of technology products, and consumers around the world

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FACT SHEET: Middle Class Economics and Trade – Unlocking Opportunity for American Technology Exports

The expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), the first major tariff-eliminating deal at the WTO in 18 years, demonstrates the economic promise of this approach – and why the Obama Administration is pursuing the most ambitious trade agenda in American history.

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Statement by the United States at the October 28, 2015, DSB Meeting

See attached the U.S. statement as delivered at the October 28, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB)

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Remarks by USTR Michael Froman at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 AGOA Forum

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We need to make sure AGOA’s potential is fully explored and its benefits fully utilized.

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U.S Led Effort Reaches ‘Major Breakthrough’ to Expand Information Technology Agreement

Today, U.S. negotiators announced that a major breakthrough had been reached in talks to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).

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USTR Michael Froman: Twenty years in and bogged down, what’s the way forward for the WTO?

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Having marked its 20th anniversary earlier this month, the World Trade Organization must move quickly from celebrating to soul-searching when some of its members convene in Switzerland this week.

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USTR Michael Froman Welcomes the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Between the U.S. and India

“On the basis of this breakthrough with India, we now look forward to working with all WTO Members and with Director-General Roberto Azevedo to reach a consensus that enables full implementation of all elements of the landmark Bali Package, including the Trade Facilitation Agreement.“

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-India Agreement on Trade Facilitation

In recent days, U.S. and Indian negotiators consulted intensively to find ways forward on issues of importance to both countries and to the broader WTO membership.

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