International Trade

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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U.S. Trade Mission to Middle East Wraps Up in Qatar

Penny Pritzker, center, posing with group of men and women in Qatar (Commerce Dept.)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker wrapped up her Middle East trade mission in Qatar, where delegation members explored the many opportunities for U.S. businesses due to the country’s growing economy.

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U.S. Statement on the Trade Policy Review of Burma

This first trade policy review comes at an opportune time, when you are pursuing economic reform in the context of the Framework for Economic and Social Reform and formulation of the National Comprehensive Development Plan.

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Iraq, U.S. Make Progress in First Trade, Investment Meeting

Man reaching toward a network of wires, silhouetted against sky (AP Images)

Iraq is currently the United States’ 27th-largest goods trading partner and 60th-largest export market, according to the USTR.

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