Economy & Trade

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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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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U.S. Statement at the Trade Negotiations Committee

Let me be clear, as Ambassador Froman was during recent meetings in Paris: If the Trade Facilitation Agreement unravels, it’s hard to imagine a post-Bali work plan proceeding. Why? Because Members of this organization will have demonstrated to the world that WTO negotiations, even when they are successful, are simply not taken seriously by all WTO Members. This would devastate our collective credibility to negotiate in areas that all of us know are far more difficult than trade facilitation.

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

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the June 18 DSB meeting Read more

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Wheat Breeder Named 2014 World Food Prize Laureate

Sanjaya Rajaram headshot

Indian-born Sanjaya Rajaram, who headed the wheat-breeding program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico for decades, has been named 2014 World Food Prize laureate.

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