USTR - Press Release,46/10en-usUnited States, Bangladesh Sign Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA)Washington, D.C. – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman gave remarks and presided over the signing of the United States – Bangladesh Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA). The agreement was signed by Bangladesh Secretary of Commerce Mahbub Ahmed and Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler. The TICFA provides a mechanism for both governments to discuss trade and investment issues and areas of cooperation. Statement from the United States – Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA)Council MeetingUnited States – Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Meeting of the TIFA CouncilNovember 14, 2013  Joint Statement, Afghanistan Agree on Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Afghan Women’s Economic Empowerment06/16/2013 Closes GSP Worker Rights Review of Sri Lanka: Preference Program Helps Promote Progress on Labor Issues06/29/2012Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that USTR has closed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) country practice review on worker rights in Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits. The action follows an interagency review of a petition filed by the AFL-CIO in 2008 alleging shortcomings in Sri Lanka’s recognition of worker rights. of U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF)United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk was previously scheduled to lead a delegation to India this week for the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF). However, while considerable progress on developing the agenda for the TPF has been made, in view of the amount of preparatory work that remains to be done, the United States and India have decided to postpone the TPF until later this year. The additional time will allow us to further develop the TPF agenda and related activities. We look forward to a highly productive Trade Policy Forum in 2012. States Details China and India Subsidy Programs in Submission to WTOWashington, D.C. − U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States has submitted information to the World Trade Organization (WTO) identifying nearly 200 subsidy programs that China has failed to notify as required under WTO rules. Information was also submitted on 50 subsidy programs in India not previously notified. Through these actions at the WTO, the United States is seeking the prompt provision of detailed information and data from China and India regarding the operation of these subsidy programs. States and Kazakhstan Sign Bilateral Agreement that will Open Markets, Support American JobsWashington, D.C. – This Week, as part of Kazakhstan’s negotiations to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis and Minister of Economic Integration Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhanar Aitzhanova signed a WTO bilateral market access agreement. The agreement signed on Wednesday will allow U.S. service providers to benefit from significantly expanded opportunities in Kazakhstan’s markets once it joins the WTO. U.S. from the Fifth Meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan TIFA CouncilSenior officials from the Governments of the United States and Pakistan met yesterday to continue their trade dialogue and evaluate progress under the United States-Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The officials discussed a wide range of investment climate issues including market access, the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), trade promotion efforts, intellectual property rights, and sector-specific investment challenges. States and Central Asian Countries Evaluate Progress on Trade and Investment RelationshipWashington, D.C. – Today, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk hosted the sixth meeting of the United States – Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council in Washington, D.C. Attendees included delegations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan, as well as officials from numerous other U.S. Government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State, Agriculture, and Defense. of Ambassador Kirk's bilateral meeting with Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk met today with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma to discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral issues. Ambassador Kirk reaffirmed that the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF) is the premier dialogue for addressing trade and investment issues between the two countries. The two agreed that the TPF should be strengthened to better facilitate resolution of outstanding issues of concern, and looked forward to a constructive meeting of the TPF later this year.