USTR - Press Release,118,87,124,126,128,130,131,316,220/10en-usUnited States Maintains Labor Case Against GuatemalaWashington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced that the dispute settlement process in the 2011 labor enforcement case brought under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) will remain suspended for an additional four weeks as the United States reviews information provided by Guatemala concerning  legal reforms and actions to strengthen labor law enforcement in Guatemala and whether the reforms are leading to concrete improvements in Guatemalan workers’ rights. Froman Travels to Guatemala to Continue Push for Enforcement of Worker RightsGuatemala City, Guatemala – As part of USTR’s efforts to ensure the full implementation of the labor provisions under  the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today traveled to Guatemala to meet with government ministers and congressional, labor and business leaders after meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina in Washington, D.C. last week. Statement from the First Meeting of the United States—Panama Free Trade Commission of the United States- Panama Trade Promotion AgreementPanama City, Panama – Diana Salazar, Vice Minister of International Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and John Melle, Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, released the following Joint Statement highlighting the work accomplished at the first meeting of the United States - Panama Free Trade Commission (the “Commission” or the “FTC”) held on May 28, 2014, in Panama City, Panama.  The Commission is responsible for overseeing implementation and further ela 2014-05-29T04:00:00United States Keeps In Place Labor Case Against GuatemalaUSTR Froman says CAFTA-DR partner has taken steps under enforcement plan; but progress is not sufficient to close the case. announces results of Out-of-Cycle-Review of El SalvadorWashington, DC.  – The Office of the United States Trade Representative today announced the results of its Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of El Salvador. of Meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Froman and Guatemalan Labor and Trade MinistersWashington, D.C. - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez met today with Guatemalan Trade Minister Sergio de la Torre and Guatemalan Labor Minister Carlos Contreras to discuss the implementation of the Labor Enforcement Plan signed between the two countries. 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. 2014-01-28T05:00:00United States and Caribbean Community Forge Stronger RelationshipBilateral Trade, Intellectual Property, E-Commerce, Regulatory Cooperation Discussed at First Meeting under the U.S.-CARICOM Trade and Investment Framework Agreement 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. States Continues to Press Guatemala on Enforcement of Worker RightsUSTR Froman says CAFTA partner has taken steps under enforcement settlement; implementation is now critical