Check out Doug Oberhelman's op-ed on Trade Promotion Authority in the McClatchy Tribune, here.
To learn more about Trade Promotion Authority, please visit http://www.ustr.gov/trade-topics/trade-promotion-authority.
AUSTR for Environment and Natural Resources Jennifer Prescott Participates in Inaugural Environment Meetings with Colombian Government
Jennifer Prescott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S.
USTR Hosts Stakeholder Engagement Events for the Third Round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) Negotiations
Yesterday, hundreds of global stakeholders interested in the current transatlantic trade negotiations shared their input and received information from chief negotiators on the third negotiating round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Stakeholder engagement events are an important opportunity for the U.S. Trade Representative and its trade negotiators to receive feedback on the ongoing talks, with the aim of ensuring the strongest possible outcomes for the T-TIP.
“This new deal, and particularly the new trade facilitation agreement, will eliminate red tape and bureaucratic delay for goods shipped around the globe. Small businesses will be among the biggest winners, since they encounter the greatest difficulties in navigating the current system. By some estimates, the global economic value of the new WTO deal could be worth hundreds of billions of dollars.” – President Barack Obama
On December 7, the 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) achieved its first fully multilateral agreement in its almost twenty year history, creating a new opportunity for economic prosperity for each of the 159 WTO members.
The White House issued a statement from President
The Council on Foreign Relations has published a new report on U.S. trade and investment policy. Some highlights from the report:
EXPORTS SUPPORT BETTER, HIGHER-PAYING JOBS – AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT
During the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Ambassador Michael Punke joined trade ministers and ambassadors from the Friends of Fish group to mark their shared commitment to the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies. The group’s twelve member countries, which include Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States, pledged to refrain from introducing new, or expanding existing, subsidies that contribute to overfishing or overcapacity.
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the Maccabee re-dedication of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, has come to a close. Last week, Ambassador Michael Froman represented President Obama in the annual lighting of the National Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington, DC. This White House event, traditionally held on the first day of Hanukkah, has been celebrated annually since 1979. Ambassador Froman was joined by members of the Jewish community, members of Congress, and various foreign dignitaries.
Deputy Assistant USTR Mara Burr talks Women Economic Empowerment at the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce
This week, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Mara Burr spoke at the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce, and moderated a panel entitled “Empowering Women to Promote Economic Growth and Stability.” The event marked the progress of the U.S.-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), signed in 2004 to improve the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan.