USTR - Deputy USTRs Schwab, Allgeier to Attend OECD Meeting in Paris May 23-24
                 
The Office of the United States Trade Representative

Deputy USTRs Schwab, Allgeier to Attend OECD Meeting in Paris May 23-24
05/22/2006

WASHINGTON – Deputy US Trade Representatives Susan Schwab and Peter Allgeier will lead a US delegation to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) meetings in Paris May 23-24. They will use these meetings to advance ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations.

"We’re in a critical period in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations," said Ambassador Schwab. "We are approaching some key deadlines that must be met for the United States Congress to approve any Doha agreement under Trade Promotion Authority legislation that expires July 1 next year."

Six months ago, the U.S. put forward a bold proposal to jumpstart the talks. The U.S. proposal not only met, but exceeded expectations. It is widely accepted as the most aggressive proposal on offer to bring down trade barriers and generate new trade flows. Other trading partners have not met yet this level of ambition, and need to redouble their efforts. The United States remains committed to a successful and ambitious outcome in the Doha negotiations.

The schedule for Paris is still tentative, but Schwab and Allgeier plan to meet with EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, Kenyan Trade Minister Mukhisha Kituyi, Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade Mark Vaile, among other colleagues.

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