International Trade / WTO

Statement by the United States at the November 23, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on November 23, 2016.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Guatemala

The United States and Guatemala continue to enjoy a strong trade and economic relationship. The United States is Guatemala’s leading partner in both exports and imports. Our bilateral trade in goods was $9.9 billion in total (two-way) goods trade in 2015. Trade and economic integration between the United States and Guatemala is an important element in our overall bilateral relations and generates important benefits for both countries and for the region.

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Statement by the United States at the November 8, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on November 8, 2016.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Sri Lanka

This review comes at a historic moment for Sri Lanka. With the end of a long civil war and a renewed commitment to democratic values, we see opportunity for prosperity to regain and consolidate its foothold in your nation. With enlightened governance, sound economic policies, and peace, we see a bright future for all Sri Lankans.

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Statement by the United States at the October 26, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on October 26, 2016.

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Pragmatic Multilateralism: Remarks by USTR Michael Froman at the Graduate Institute in Geneva

I would be remiss if I stopped before underscoring the value and importance of the WTO dispute settlement process. The U.S. is one of the most active participants in the dispute settlement process and views the integrity of that process as critical. As we have made clear, this is not an area where judicial activism or the creation of new obligations through arbitrator discretion is appropriate. We will continue to underscore the importance of ensuring that the dispute settlement system is strictly bound by the agreements those Members have negotiated and remains accountable to Members.

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Statement by the United States at the October 14, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on October 14, 2016.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Republic of Korea

Economics and trade together make up an important cornerstone of the United States’ relationship with Korea. That relationship has only grown stronger since Korea’s last trade policy review in 2012, when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) had just entered into force. During the intervening four years, U.S.-Korea trade in goods and services increased from $126.5 billion to $147 billion. This demonstrates a growing maturity and confidence in our bilateral economic relationship. Korea now has a record-high level of $40 billion invested in companies in the United States, which is more than double the pre-KORUS levels.

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Ambassador Michael Punke’s Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Russian Federation

Ambassador Punke: I would like to join others in welcoming Director Medvedkov and his distinguished delegation from Moscow for Russia’s first Trade Policy Review.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO DSB’s First Dedicated Session on the Issue of Reappointments of Appellate Body Members

Statement by the United States at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body’s First ‘Dedicated Session’ on the Issue of Reappointments of Appellate Body Members.

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