June 2nd, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative is pleased to announce the release of our new website, www.ustr.gov. The website has a fresh new look and a focus on providing more information to the public about the Obama Administration’s trade policy initiatives. On the site, Americans will also have the opportunity to submit their trade questions and trade stories to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
“In a time of economic uncertainty, Americans want to see our trade policy do more for working families. One of my goals as USTR is to use technology to connect directly with Americans who are interested in or concerned about trade,” said Ambassador Kirk. “USTR’s new website will make more information available, will solicit input from Americans whose livelihoods are affected by trade, and will help to fulfill President Obama’s commitment to create a government that is transparent, participatory, and collaborative with the American people.”
Through the new USTR blog and through site pages on geographical areas, trade agreements, and key trade issues, the new www.ustr.gov will share updated information about USTR’s efforts to create better jobs here at home by opening markets and enforcing America’s rights in the rules-based global trading system.
Interactive tools on the site will allow the public to participate more fully in USTR’s day-to-day operation. Americans can share their questions through the Ask the Ambassador feature, and see answers on the blog. USTR is also interested in learning how Americans are affected by trade – so the Share Your Stories feature will serve as a venue for citizens to share how trade impacts and benefits their daily lives. And an Interactive Map will detail Ambassador Kirk’s official travel as he works with trading partners to gain market access for U.S. farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, workers, and service providers.
The new USTR website is the first step for USTR to broaden the trade dialogue through technology. Website users can watch for new social networking opportunities from USTR in the near future as well.