Economy & Trade

The Promise of Africa and the Global Internet

President Obama participates in a discussion with Takunda Ralph Michael Chingonzo of Zimbabwe at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

This connectivity, fueling international social and economic growth, requires policymakers, industry, civil society, and academia to work together at the international, regional, national, and local levels to construct solutions to challenges …

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an historic opportunity to strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people.

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Remarks by the President at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

As President, I’ve made it clear that the United States is determined to be a partner in Africa’s success — a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Opens in Washington

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit aims to foster stronger ties between the United States and Africa.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is a historic opportunity to strengthen ties with African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people, according to the Obama administration.

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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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Statement by the United States at the July 22, 2014, DSB Meeting

See attached the U.S. statement as delivered at the July 22 DSB meeting.

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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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United States, South Korea Streamline Organic Trade

Pouches of Gerber organic baby food (AP Images

Organic processed products certified in the United States or the Republic of Korea can now be labeled as organic in either country, the U.S. government announced July 1.

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More Needed to Improve Worker Rights, Safety in Bangladesh

Worker leaving site of collapsed building (AP Images)

An interagency review led by USTR concludes Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more to address the worker rights and worker safety issues.

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