USTR - Press Release,36/10en-usJoint Statement of the Labor Affairs Council Peru-United States Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA)Joint Statement of the Labor Affairs Council Peru-United States Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) Lima, PeruOctober 17, 2014 Readout of Meeting Convened by Ambassador Froman to Build International Support for the Myanmar Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and PracticesWashington, DC – On Friday, October 10th, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman brought together representatives of the U.S. government, Myanmar and other international governments, the International Labor Organization, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation to help build support for a joint U.S.-Myanmar initiative to improve labor conditions in Myanmar.  The labor initiative was announced during Ambassador Froman's visit to Myanmar, the first by a U.S. Trade Representative, in August. Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade AgreementJoint Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade Agreement  Rabat, MoroccoSeptember 26, 2014 States Proceeds with Labor Enforcement Case Against GuatemalaU.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says CAFTA-DR partner has taken important steps under enforcement plan; but more progress required to meet legal obligations and Myanmar Agree to Develop New Initiative to Promote Labor RightsYangon, Myanmar –Today the United States and Myanmar issued the following Joint Statement regarding the development of a new initiative to promote fundamental labor rights and practices in Myanmar. Ambassador Michael Froman, the first U.S. Trade Representative to visit Myanmar, is in the country in conjunction with the ASEAN Economic Ministers meetings.Joint Statement 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. United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Hold a Labor Subcommittee Meeting Under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade AgreementAmman, Jordan – Government officials from the United States and Jordan convened the Labor Subcommittee under the United States-Jordan free trade agreement. The Subcommittee works to promote labor rights and enhance technical cooperation on labor matters, such as respect for labor rights and improving working conditions for foreign workers in Jordan’s growing garment sector. Obama removes Swaziland, reinstates Madagascar for AGOA BenefitsPresident Obama reinstated Madagascar’s eligibility for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits, effective immediately, and withdrew Swaziland’s AGOA eligibility, effective January 1, 2015.  Madagascar Madagascar was removed from AGOA on January 1, 2010 following a 2009 coup d’état. Jobs, Manufacturing and Agricultural Exports on the Rise as U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement Marks Two YearsAmerican Jobs, Manufacturing and Agricultural Exports on the Rise as U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement Marks Two Years Goods Exports to Colombia up 30 percent compared to 2011