All articles from: July, 2009

U.S. Statement on Panel Request by China / Poultry Imports

The United States is disappointed that China has decided to pursue its request for a panel
in this matter. We understand that a panel will be established today. Nonetheless, we do not agree with
China’s assertions that the measure at issue amounts to a discriminatory or protectionist measure.

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Briefing on Secretary of State's Upcoming Trip to Africa

The Secretary’s trip comes just three weeks after President Obama’s successful trip to Accra, Ghana, and will highlight and underscore the Obama Administration’s commitment to making Africa a priority in U.S. foreign policy. This is the earliest trip by the Secretary of State and the President to Africa of any previous administration.

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Trade Policy Review of Zambia

Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to welcome Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Felix Mutati, Ambassador Darlington Mwape, and the rest of the Zambian delegation to the third review of the trade policies and practices of Zambia. We would like to thank the Government of Zambia and the Secretariat for the excellent and comprehensive reports that they prepared for this review and that were circulated before this meeting. Finally, we would like to thank Ambassador Jean Feyder, as discussant, for providing a useful context for this review.

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Ambassador Kirk Announces U.S. Contribution to WTO Technical Assistance Efforts

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States will contribute nearly $1 million for trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This latest contribution will bring total U.S. trade assistance for the Doha Development Agenda to almost $9.4 billion since the launch of negotiations in November 2001.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body Meeting

Mr. Chairman, the United States provided a status report in this dispute on July 9, 2009, in accordance with Article 21.6 of the DSU. As noted in that status report, a number of legislative proposals that would implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings in this dispute have been introduced in the current Congress, which convened in January.

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Commemorative Event: 40th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

First Lunar Landing - July 20, 1969

Where were you and how did you experience the first landing on the Moon in 1969?

Share your reminiscences with us in the space provided below!
The U.S. Mission will create a digital slide show based on your reminiscences which will be shown at a commemorative event of the First Lunar Landing on Monday, June 20 at the U.S. Mission. You can post your reminiscence below, or share it on the U.S. Mission Geneva Facebook page.

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Ambassador Kirk Applauds Taiwan’s Accession to the WTO Agreement On Government Procurement

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today congratulated Taiwan on its accession to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Today, Taiwan, which participates in the WTO as the separate customs territory of Taiwan, Pengu, Kinmen and Matsu, or “Chinese Taipei,” became the 41st member of the GPA. “I applaud Taiwan for fulfilling this commitment, which was made when Taiwan became a WTO Member in 2002,” said Ambassador Kirk. “This accession will provide U.S. companies new opportunities in Taiwan’s government procurement market. It will also further Taiwan’s market-opening efforts, diversify its markets and strengthen its economic growth.”

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Informal Trade Policy Review Body – Statement by Ambassador Allgeier

The United States thanks the Secretariat for its efforts to monitor the trade-related implications of individual economies’ responses to the ongoing economic crisis. We appreciate Members’ contributions to the latest report and are pleased that a growing number of Members are responding to the Secretariat’s request for input. Overall, the results of the United States’ own monitoring continues to be similar to the factual contents of the report. The importance of great vigilance in monitoring the situation remains obvious. We agree with the Director General on the need to not become complacent, yet we are heartened that “[the] resort to high intensity protectionist measures has been contained overall.

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Remarks by President Obama to the Ghanaian Parliament

President Obama Addresses the Ghana Paliament (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

And I’ve come here to Ghana for a simple reason: The 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra, as well. (Applause.)
This is the simple truth of a time when the boundaries between people are overwhelmed by our connections. Your prosperity can expand America’s prosperity. Your health and security can contribute to the world’s health and security. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights for people everywhere.

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President Obama's Visit to Ghana


On Saturday, July 11, President Obama will deliver a major policy speech  in Ghana which is expected to set the tone of U.S. policy towards Africa over the coming years. The speech time has changed.  It will commence at approximately 12:40 local Ghana time, 14:40 pm. Geneva time. Due to the heightened interest in this […]

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