USTR.gov Headlines July 15th, 2011

USTR Saves Money in Travel Spending

July 14, 2011

In the spirit of the recently launched Campaign to Cut Waste – and as part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to modernize government – the third annual SAVE Award competition launched today. In the spirit of this campaign, USTR took aggressive steps to achieve savings wherever possible. Read more

Weekly Trade Spotlight: Protecting and Enforcing American Innovation

July 13, 2011

July is technology month and this week’s trade spotlight looks at USTR’s protection of American innovation through intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in the three pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia.

Through trade agreements, such as the three pending pacts with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia, USTR stresses to other nations the importance of facilitating the development, commercialization, and marketing of innovative technology, including through the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Such provisions within trade agreements not only protect U.S. businesses, authors, and creators from intellectual property piracy and counterfeiting crimes, but also provide ways for American innovators to protect their intellectual property rights in foreign markets. USTR is continually looking to create a positive environment for American entrepreneurs and their innovations in the global market.Read more

Ambassador Kirk Updates Agricultural Advocates on Trade Developments at Agribusiness Club Event

July 13, 2011

On Tuesday, Ambassador Kirk spoke to members of the Agribusiness Club of Washington at a lunch for business leaders, stakeholders, and agriculture advocates. He updated attendees on recent developments and accomplishments related to agricultural trade, and discussed a range of issues impacting farmers and growers in America. Read more

Ambassador Sapiro Meets with Moroccan Minister Abdellatif Maazouz, Reviews Progress of the U.S.-Morocco Trade Agreement

July 12, 2011

This week, Deputy United States Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Trade Abdellatif Maazouz, and the Moroccan Ambassador to the United States Aziz Mekuoar. The meeting focused on reviewing progress made under the joint workplan of the U.S.-Morocco trade agreement, specifically in the areas of customs cooperation, agriculture, and textiles. Both sides renewed their commitment to build upon recent successes – including the signing of a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement – and to continue working together to maximize the benefits of the trade agreement. The three also exchanged views on the President’s Trade and Investment Partnership Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa. Read more

Ambassador Kirk Highlights the Importance of Trade in the Western Hemisphere

July 12, 2011

This morning, Ambassador Ron Kirk spoke at a breakfast hosted by the Council of the Americas at the United States Capitol. The breakfast was attended by Members of Congress, including Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. James Moran (D-VA), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and board members from the Council of the Americas. Ambassador John Negroponte, Chairman of the Council of the Americas, welcomed Ambassador Kirk and spoke of the Council’s interest in the pending trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. Read more

“Overly Restrictive Regulations Effectively Shut Out Producers”

July 12, 2011

This week, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk contributed an op-ed to Crain’s New York Business, explaining how the Obama Administration is working to break down “behind-the-border” trade barriers, increase U.S. exports, boost economic growth for American companies, and support well-paying jobs here at home.

See full article of “Overly Restrictive Regulations Effectively Shut Out Producers” that ran in Crain’s.

Next Steps on Pending Trade Pacts, Trade Adjustment Assistance

July 12, 2011

Every $1 billion in new exports of American goods supports more than 6,000 additional jobs here at home. Every billion dollars of services exports supports more than 4,500 jobs. The South KoreaColombia, and Panama trade agreements will open markets for U.S. firms, increasing trade and exports. Increasing U.S. exports through these agreements will support additional jobs for American workers who produce Made-in-the-USA goods and services.

In addition, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provides training and support for American workers who are negatively affected by trade and is traditionally in place as trade agreements pass. It is designed to help workers, firms, farmers and fishermen transition to alternative employment. The Administration has said that movement forward on the three pending trade agreements must be accompanied by a robust renewal of TAA consistent with the goals of the 2009 law that improved the scope and effectiveness of the program – for instance, covering Americans employed in the services sector in addition to U.S. manufacturing workers.

Find information related to the pending trade agreements and Trade Adjustment Assistance here.

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