On Tuesday, August 16, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Los Angeles, California to meet with local business leaders. He discussed the benefits of the South Korea, Panama, and Colombia trade agreements for businesses and workers.
During the trip, he toured the Port of Los Angeles and hosted a roundtable of Hispanic business leaders at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
On Monday, August 15, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to El Paso to deliver the keynote address at the 8th Annual Border Security Conference co-hosted by Congressman Silvestre Reyes and the University of Texas at El Paso.
U.S.-Mexico Agreement on Lifting of Retaliatory Measures Related to the Cross-Border Trucking Dispute
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that on July 8, 2011, Mexico is expected to reduce fifty percent of its retaliatory duties on goods exported from the United States.
The MOU was signed on July 6, 2011 in Mexico City and is available here.
Ambassador Kirk traveled to Lusaka, Zambia on June 8, 2011, for the 2011 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum.
Ambassador Kirk traveled to Tanzania on June 6, 2011, to highlight the Obama Administration’s commitment to support Tanzania’s leadership through initiatives like the Millennium Challenge Account, the Partnership for Growth and Feed the Future. He also highlighted the important role that trade and investment can play in Tanzania’s economic growth. His visit included meetings with various government and business leaders to discuss the current and potential positive economic impact of U.S.-Tanzania trade and investment.
Ambassador Kirk traveled to Paris, France on May 25, 2011, to chair the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) Trade Ministerial.
Increasing U.S. Auto Exports and Growing U.S. Auto Jobs Through the U.S. South Korea Trade Agreement
President Obama recognized that when it came to autos, the 2007 U.S.-South Korea trade agreement did not go far enough to provide new market access to U.S. auto companies and to level the playing field for U.S. auto manufacturers and workers. The new agreements signed in February 2011 make a number of important improvements:
In addition to the strong labor commitments in the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, President Obama insisted that the Colombian government address a number of serious labor concerns. In April 2011, the United States and Colombia announced the Colombian Action Plan Related to Labor Rights, which includes concrete steps to improve labor protections. Since then, the Government of Colombia has made meaningful progress under the plan, but important work remains.
The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chapter of the U.S.-South Korea trade agreement contains state-of-the-art protections spanning all types of intellectual property, and requirements to join key multilateral IPR agreements. It also contains strong enforcement provisions to ensure that American intellectual property rights are efficiently and effectively protected in South Korea.
The U.S.-South Korea trade agreement makes sure that American manufacturers of medicines and medical devices are able to compete in South Korea, based on fair, predictable, and understandable rules and regulations. At the same time, the agreement will help to promote high-quality health care and improve access to safe and effective medicines and medical devices, both patented and generic, in both countries.