For more information, please see: International Trade Administration: Russia’s Accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO)
State Specific Reports
Round 17 - Lima, Peru, May 15-24, 2013
Round 16 - Singapore, March 4-13, 2013
Strong Labor Commitments under the Agreement
• To adopt and maintain in domestic law the five fundamental labor rights as stated in the 1998 International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. These rights are:
o Freedom of association – the right to form and join a union;
o Collective bargaining – the right for workers to negotiate better conditions together;
On October 7, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas where he discussed how the American Jobs Act will support thousands of Texas jobs.
On Friday, September 30, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Philadelphia where he and Mayor Michael Nutter met with local business leaders and workers to discuss how the American Jobs Act will put more Pennsylvanians back to work. In the morning, they toured and held a press conference at Superfit, Inc., a jewelry manufacturer that recently relocated to Philadelphia.
Benefits of the U.S.-South Korea Trade Agreement to the Processed Food and Wine/Spirits/Beers Industries
The U.S.- Korea trade agreement provides important new market access for U.S. processed food products, including baby foods, sauces and condiments, soups, breads, cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolate, breakfast cereals, pet foods and peanut butter. The agreement will also further open South Korea’s market for U.S. wine, spirits and beer.
On Friday, September 9, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attend a reception with delegates and stakeholders at the eighth round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Ambassador Kirk and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made brief welcoming remarks to reception attendees.