USTR - Press Releasehttp://www.ustr.gov/node/64/205,10,330,273,219,214,220,275,320,226,334,274,215/10en-usUnited States and Panama Hold Inaugural Meeting of the Labor Affairs Council under the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementPanama City, Panama – Government officials from the United States and Panama this week convened the inaugural meeting of the Labor Affairs Council (LAC) under the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement.  The Council works to promote labor rights and enhance technical cooperation on labor matters, such as labor inspections and subcontracting arrangements.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2014/January/US-Panama-Hold-Inaugural-Meeting-of-Labor-Affairs-Council-under-US-Panama-TPA 2014-01-28T05:00:00American Manufacturing and Agricultural Exports on the Rise as U.S.-Panama Trade Agreement Marks One YearWashington, D.C. – Today, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman welcomed growing exports for U.S. businesses, farmers, and ranchers on the first anniversary of the entry into force of the U.S.-Panama trade agreement. U.S. manufacturers substantially increased exports of primary metal manufactures, fabricated metal products, processed food, petroleum and coal products, and apparel and apparel accessories, while farmers and ranchers saw strong export growth, including in soybeans, wheat, pork, beef, dairy products, and potato products.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/October/Panama-FTA-one-year2013-10-31T04:00:00Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere John Melle Co-chairs the Third Meeting of the Free Trade Commission under the United States-Peru Trade Promotion AgreementAssistant U.S.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/june/assistant-us-trade-representative-western-hemisphere2013-06-07T04:00:00Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources Jennifer Prescott Participates in Meetings with Peruvian Government Assistant U.S.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/june/assistant-us-trade-representative-environment-and-nat2013-06-06T04:00:00United States and Colombia Hold Inaugural Meeting of the Labor Affairs Council under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement06/05/2013http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/june/us-colombia-lac-usctpa2013-06-05T04:00:00Acting U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro Hails Signature of United States-Caribbean Community Trade and Investment Framework AgreementWashington, D.C. – This week, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Vice President Joe Biden and Haitian President Michel Martelly signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which will provide a forum for bilateral talks to enhance trade and investment and discuss specific trade issues between the United States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Office of the United States Trade Representative led the negotiation of the TIFA for the United States.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/may/amb-sapiro-hails-caricom-tifa2013-05-29T04:00:00American Manufacturing and Agricultural Exports on the Rise as U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement Marks One Year05/15/2013Washington, D.C. – Today, Acting United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis welcomed growing exports for U.S. businesses, farmers, and ranchers on the first anniversary of the entry into force of the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement. U.S. manufacturers substantially increased exports of transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products, processed food, and computer and electronic products, while farmers and ranchers saw strong growth, including in soybeans, wheat, grapes, pork, and dairy products. http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/may/american-manufacturing-and-agricultural-exports-rise-u2013-05-15T04:00:00United States and Central America-Dominican Republic Hold Environmental Affairs Council Meeting - click here.1.       United States and Central America-Dominican Republic Hold Environmental Affairs Council Meeting - click  http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/may/united-states-and-central-america-dominican-republic-h2013-05-10T04:00:00USTR Participates in Forestry Sub-Committee and Environmental Cooperation Commission Meetings in LimaUSTR Participates in Forestry Sub-Committee and Environmental Cooperation Commission Meetings in Lima see http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/april/ustr-participates-forestry-sub-committee-and-environ2013-04-10T04:00:00The United States and Peru Reach Agreement on Action Plan to Strengthen Forest Sector Governance01/11/2013http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/january/us-peru-action-plan-forest-sector-governance2013-01-11T05:00:00