International Trade

Obama Trip Focuses on U.S. Ties, Interests in East Asia

Ben Rhodes at lectern, Susan Rice behind him (AP Images)

President Obama is pursuing a strategy of rebalancing U.S. economic, diplomatic and security interests toward the Asia-Pacific region, given its stature as the world’s largest emerging region, National Security Advisor Susan Rice says.

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Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Bahrain and Oman

The United States enjoys a strong and positive relationship with both Bahrain and Oman, with cooperation spanning many of the economic and security issues confronting the Middle East and the world.

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Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Qatar

The United States and Qatar enjoy a broad, deep and robust bilateral relationship, with cooperation spanning many of the economic and security issues confronting the Middle East and the world.

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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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Ambassador Michael Punke’s Statement at the TNC

Our task in defining a post-Bali work program is daunting but will offer new opportunities to chalk up results in the Doha negotiations. The United States remains focused on the new opportunities part of the equation, and we welcome the chance to outline today some of our broad perspectives on how we can make progress by the end of this year.

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USAID and SIECA Hold Central American Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (Tegucigalpa)

The workshop was divided in two sub-regional meetings; the first one was held in San José, Costa Rica and the second will take place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras,

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USAID and SIECA Develop Central American Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (San Salvador)

The workshop explores challenges faced by Central American countries with respect to implementing the draft Agreement on Trade Facilitation approved by World Trade Organization (WTO) members in December 2013.

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Statement by the United States at the March 26, 2014, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the meeting of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, Geneva, March 26, 2014

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U.S. Will Launch WTO Talks on Environmental Goods Agreement

Michael Froman, gesturing (AP Images)

The Obama administration has announced its intent to begin negotiations on a new trade agreement in the WTO aimed at eliminating tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods.

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Ambassador Punke’s Statement on Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Expansion

The United States has been a staunch supporter and leader in the effort to expand the product coverage of the ITA.

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