USTR - Fact Sheet,209,34/10en-usPromoting Food Security, Facilitating Competition, Enhancing Exports: New Multilateral Agriculture Provisions at the WTOAgriculture and trade in agricultural goods support families and communities around the world – and agriculture is a key part of almost every World Trade Organization Member’s trade.   The new multilateral agreement struck by the WTO Membership at the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia takes important steps to address some key issues with regard to agricultural trade. as a Tool to Alleviate Poverty: Multilateral Results on Development at the World Trade OrganizationA number of elements of the package of agreed multilateral outcomes from the 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization align with the United States’ goals to alleviate poverty and improve economic opportunities through trade policy and development assistance.  The development outcomes of the Bali package will further facilitate the integration of developing countries – and especially least developed countries (LDCs) – into the multilateral trading system. Money, Growing Trade, Raising Incomes Worldwide: The New WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Trade facilitation boosts trade by reducing costs and delays for traders, through measures that provide predictability, simplicity and uniformity in customs and other border procedures. It makes it easier for businesses big and small to participate in trade around the world – and to support jobs through that trade. Sheet: WTO Case Challenging Chinese SubsidiesWhat Chinese Policies are at Issue?• China appears to be providing export subsidies that are prohibited by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to its auto and auto parts industries.• The subsidies being challenged are provided to auto and auto-parts manufacturers in China that meet certain export performance requirements and that are located in government-designated regions known as “export bases.” For The United States From The Revised WTO Government Procurement AgreementMeeting in Geneva on December 15, Ministers representing Parties to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) reached a landmark agreement to revise the text of the GPA and expand the procurement that it covers. More than 10 years in the making, this revised agreement represents an important accomplishment for the WTO, as it demonstrates the organization’s ability to fulfill negotiating mandates and emphasizes the importance of a solid foundation for rules-based government procurement trade. The conclusion of the revised GPA will provide significant benefits to U. S. U.S. Initiatives to Boost Trade and Investment Opportunities for Least Developed CountriesTrade has long been an effective way to move millions of people out of poverty around the world. The Obama Administration views trade as a critical component of an integrated approach to development policy. Procurement in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementGovernment procurement typically represents 10 to 15 percent of a country’s Gross Domestic Product. Trade agreements that open foreign government procurement markets provide significant export opportunities for U.S. companies and American workers. When U.S. companies are able to sell into those foreign government procurement markets, they can boost exports and support better, higher-paying U.S. jobs. -DR Government Procurement ProvisionsThe government procurement chapter of a free trade agreement (FTA) ensures that purchases made by government entities are conducted in a non-discriminatory, predictable and transparent fashion. The chapter also provides guaranteed market access for each Party’s suppliers to the government procurement of the other Parties that is covered by the FTA. FTA government procurement chapters cover purchases of goods and services (including construction) by major government entities and enterprises at the central government level. Appellate Body Confirms Landmark Decision Against $18 Billion in European Subsidies to AirbusIn findings announced on May 18, 2011, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body found in favor of the United States in the European Union’s appeal of a WTO Panel’s findings that launch aid and other subsidies provided by European countries to Airbus over the last four decades caused adverse effects to the interests of U.S. businesses and workers.Here are key findings confirmed by the WTO Appellate Body:Launch Aid – $15 billion subsidies found by the WTO Panels (in billions) European subsidiesAlleged U.S. subsidies