USTR - Press Release Week Ahead: September 21 - 26Sunday, September 21 September 21-25, Ambassador Punke will lead the 8th round of negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).Geneva, SwitzerlandClosed Press Monday, September 22 Froman Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Robert HolleymanWashington, D.C. – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today welcomed the United States Senate’s vote confirming Robert W. Holleyman II as Deputy United States Trade Representative. Holleyman was nominated in February by President Obama to help spearhead efforts on a range of important trade issues initially including services trade, intellectual property rights and issues impacting the United States’ relationship with countries in South and Central Asia as well as China. 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 Trade Representative Michael Froman Joins the Coalition for Green Trade in Support of Negotiations on the Environmental Goods AgreementWashington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman came to Capitol Hill today and joined the Coalition for Green Trade, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) in support of the launch of negotiations for the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). Ambassador Froman highlighted the benefits this deal will deliver in terms of protecting the global environment and unlocking economic opportunity for American workers and businesses. by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei)Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei)World Trade OrganizationGeneva, SwitzerlandSeptember 16, 2014*For The Record* Kinmen-Matsu2014-09-16T04:00:00Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the Informal Heads of Delegation Meeting at the WTOStatement by Ambassador Punke at the Informal Heads of Delegation Meeting at the WTOGeneva, SwitzerlandSeptember 15, 2014Mr. Chairman, the United States appreciates your frank and sober assessment of the situation we, as the whole of the WTO Membership, currently face. These are historic – and unfortunate -- circumstances. Week Ahead: September 15 - 19Monday, September 15 Ambassador Froman will meet with Mr. Vũ Văn Ninh, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister. This meeting is closed to the press.Washington, D.C.Closed Press   Tuesday, September 16 No public events.   Wednesday, September 17 Negotiators Make Important Progress on AgreementHanoi – Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators completed 10 days of intensive meetings today, making important progress across a range of issues as they continue their drive toward a comprehensive, high-standard agreement. "We have committed to a focused work plan, which will allow us to boost momentum and make continued progress,” said Barbara Weisel, U.S. Chief Negotiator for TPP. "All countries involved want to reach a conclusion to unlock the enormous opportunity TPP represents.” Week Ahead: September 8 - 12Monday, September 8 Ambassador Froman will meet with Karl De Gucht, EU Commissioner for Trade.Washington, D.C.Closed Press   Tuesday, September 9 Trade Representative Froman Announces FY 2015 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing ProductsWashington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the country-specific and first-come, first-served in-quota allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) on imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015). TRQs allow countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff, but subject all imports of the product above a pre-determined threshold to a higher tariff.