USTR - Press Releasehttp://www.ustr.gov/node/64/205,348/10en-usJoint Statement on the Anniversary of Rana Plaza Building Collapse in BangladeshThe text of the following statement was released by the Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Labor. Begin Text:http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2014/April/Joint-Statement-on-the-Anniversary-of-Rana-Plaza-Building-Collapse-in-Bangladesh2014-04-23T04:00:00Statement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences ProgramSTATEMENT BY U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL FROMANhttp://www.ustr.gov/STATEMENT-BY-USTR-MICHAEL-FROMAN-ON-EXPIRATION-OF-THE-GSP-PROGRAM2013-07-31T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Froman and Bangladesh Ambassador Agree to Initiate Discussions on Worker Rights and Safety07/25/2013http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/july/ustr-froman-amb-qader-worker-rights2013-07-25T04:00:00Statement by the U.S. Government on Labor Rights and Factory Safety in Bangladesh07/19/2013The following is a joint statement from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Department of Labor, and the State Department:Today, the United States is outlining next steps in a longstanding effort to address in a meaningful way worker safety problems in Bangladesh – the severity of which were exemplified in the tragedies of the November 2012 Tazreen Fashions factory fire and the April 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse – and, more broadly, the ability of Bangladeshi workers to exercise their full range of labor rights.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/july/usg-statement-labor-rights-factory-safety2013-07-19T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Comments on President’s Decision to Suspend GSP Benefits for BangladeshWashington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision, set out in a proclamation released today, to suspend the eligibility of Bangladesh for tariff benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program:http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/june/michael-froman-gsp-bangladesh2013-06-27T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces Outcome of Generalized System of Preferences Review Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today the outcome of the Obama Administration’s 2012 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. GSP is a 37-year-old trade preference program under which the United States provides duty-free treatment to many imports from developing countries.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/june/gsp-review-outcome2013-06-27T04:00:00President’s 2013 Trade Policy Agenda Calls for Continued Progress and Bold Steps to Support Greater Economic Growth and Jobs 03/01/2013Agenda outlines comprehensive plans for 2013 to open markets for U.S. exports, enforce U.S. trade rights, and sustain American leadership in international tradehttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/march/presidents-2013-tpa2013-03-01T05:00:00Readout from the Seventh Meeting of the United States-Afghanistan TIFA Council02/28/2013http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/february/readout-US-Afghanistan-TIFA2013-02-28T05:00:00 U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Comments on Important Changes to Preference Programs for Developing Nations12/20/2012  Presidential Proclamation Makes South Sudan Eligible to Receive Benefits, Addresses Eligibility of Other Countries under AGOA and GSPhttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/december/ustr-kirk-comments-on-preference-programs2012-12-20T05:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Applauds Senate Finance Action to Renew AGOA's Third-Country Fabric Provision, Amend CAFTA-DR07/18/2012Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed news of passage by the Senate Finance Committee today of key legislation that makes crucial improvements and amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), America’s trade preference program for sub-Saharan Africa, and the Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/july/kirk-applauds-senate-action-agoa-tcf-cafta2012-07-18T04:00:00