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NAFTA energy efficiency annex completed, but U.S. says ‘serious’ engagement still lacking

While NAFTA negotiators this week “substantively” completed a sectoral annex on energy efficiency during an intersessional round of talks in Washington, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said at its close that the U.S. remained unsatisfied with Canada and Mexico’s willingness to engage in “serious” negotiations.  

Sen. Johnson: Trump 'realizes' the economic damage a NAFTA withdrawal would do

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said this week that he is confident the administration is aware of the damage a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would do to the U.S. economy, citing recent meetings with administration officials in which he said senators delivered more direct pushback than in previous discussions.

Hutchinson, in governors' meeting with Pence, warns administration not to 'harm global trade'

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) this week warned Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials not to “harm global trade” in its approach to the NAFTA negotiations.

Sources: NAFTA negotiators unlikely to close out chapters at intersessional

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are unlikely to close out any new NAFTA chapters during this week’s intersessional meeting even though some are ripe for it, sources told Inside U.S. Trade, saying that negotiators instead are trying to gain clarity on individual positions and teeing up a more dynamic round slated for next month in Montreal.

CFIUS needs more resources, former officials tell House panel

Former Defense, Treasury and Commerce department officials told a House subcommittee on Thursday that the watchdog Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States needs more resources to perform its duties.

U.S. declares group-driven sectoral agreements the future of the WTO; Azevêdo decries lack of flexibility

BUENOS AIRES -- Just after the close of the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference here, the U.S. declared that the path forward for the WTO lies in “sectoral agreements by like-minded countries.”

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The focus on trade this week is divided between Washington, DC, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where trade ministers some 5,000 miles south of the U.S. capital are meeting to advance the World Trade Organization’s agenda -- a meeting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to leave early.

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