Economy & Trade

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda: Opening Statement at 2016 WSIS Forum

Although there is no single SDG that specifically focuses on information and communication technologies or increasing Internet access, there is broad acknowledgement that the continued development and deployment of ICTs are critical to realizing the SDGs and also to measuring them.

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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Honduras

Since Honduras’ last review in 2010, we recognize the economy suffered the challenges of the global financial crisis and the slump in both demand and price for bananas and coffee, key Honduran export products.

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Ambassador Sepulveda Travels to Geneva to Chair the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2016

Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will serve as Chair of the WSIS Forum 2016 to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 2-6, 2016.

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Girls in ICT Day 2016: Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto


The world needs science and science needs women. We have to do everything possible to change the fact that women and girls are vastly under-represented in STEM education, in the ICT sector and in leadership positions generally.

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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Malawi

Malawi has made noteworthy progress since its last trade policy review in 2010. It has continued to witness economic growth – averaging 5.9 percent since 2010 despite a marked slowdown in 2012.

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Statement by the United States at the April 22, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on April 22, 2016.

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CITES and Trade Agreements: Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development

Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime  -  Earth Day 2016 Blog by  Ambassador Punke and CITES SG Scanlon

Maximizing the impact of addressing these environmental threats through partnership and cooperation is a guiding force in recent discussions between Secretary-General John E. Scanlon of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke.

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Ambassador Punke: Protecting our Oceans through Trade Policy


The United States is including first-ever reforms of harmful fisheries subsides in its regional trade agreements, like the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Ukraine

Since its accession, Ukraine has faced a number of major challenges, including an economic crisis, armed aggression from combined separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, and geopolitical pressures. As a direct result, Ukraine’s economy and its population continue to struggle. Nevertheless, the spirit that inspired the Revolution of Dignity remains strong in Ukraine and the U.S. government is committed to helping Ukraine recover and return to a path of steady and robust growth.

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Supporting the Safe Return of Those Kidnapped and Abused by Boko Haram

As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes this terrorist group’s depravity.

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