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Pittsburgh, July 2012

On July 20, Ambassador Kirk traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to participate in a lunch and discussion hosted by the National Foreign Trade Council, tour the Pittsburgh Airport Facilities with United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard, and participate in a roundtable discussion with USW President Gerard and local business owners.

Accra, Ghana, July 2012

On Monday, July 9, Ambassador Kirk traveled to Ghana in support of the Obama Administration’s new Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) for Sub-Saharan Africa.  He met with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana, visited the USAID West Africa Trade Competitiveness Hub, visited the Lucky Textile Mills (a garment production unit), toured the Cargill Cocoa Processing Facility Site in Tema, and gave remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana Luncheon.

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Ankara, Turkey, June 2012

On June 26, Ambassador Kirk and Acting Secretary Blank co-chaired with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, the U.S.-Turkey Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial Cooperation (FSECC) Meeting. Ambassador Sapiro participated in the Meeting.  Ambassador Kirk, Dr. Blank, and Ambassador Sapiro subsequently made remarks at a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone.

Istanbul, Turkey, June 2012

On Monday, June 25, Ambassadors Kirk and Sapiro participated in a roundtable discussion with U.S. business leaders in Istanbul, hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone.  Ambassador Kirk then gave remarks at a Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Luncheon with Acting Secretary of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank, followed by a press availability.  Finally, Ambassadors Kirk and Sapiro participated in a roundtable discussion with Turkish business leaders at the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD).

Moscow, Russia, June 2012

On June 6, Ambassador Kirk traveled to Moscow to hold bilateral meetings with the Russian Government and deliver remarks at an event sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

Kazan, Russia, June 2012

On June 4, Ambassadors Kirk, Marantis and Punke traveled to Kazan, Russia to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meetings.

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Blog Post: Weekly Trade Spotlight: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Paris, France, May 2012

On May 22, Ambassadors Kirk and Punke traveled to Paris, France to participate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Meeting.

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Speech: Statement of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk at the OECD Ministerial Session on "Trade -- Toward a More Open Trading System and Job-Rich Growth"


London, Great Britain, May 2012

On May 22, Ambassador Kirk traveled to London to give a speech entitled “Advancing Global Trade and Employment Together: Shared Opportunities and Responsibilities for the United States and the European Union” at the London School of Economics.  Ambassador Kirk also met with the British Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable.

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Dallas, Texas, May 2012

On May 11, Ambassador Kirk delivered remarks at an evening reception at the Dallas Intercontinental Hotel as part of the 12th Round of Negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Blost Post: Intellectual Property and Internet Freedom Discussed at TPP Round in Texas

Farmers Branch, Texas, May 2012

On May 11, Ambassador Kirk delivered remarks on student loans and college affordability at a “Don’t Double My Rate” event at Brookhaven Community College in Farmers Branch, Texas.

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Blog Post: Ambassador Kirk Addresses Students at “Don’t Double My Rate” College Affordability Event