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February 19, 2003

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration Faryar Shirzad has taken a job with the White House and will assume his new duties next month, according to trade sources. Shirzad will serve as Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council, a job now held by John Cloud.

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February 14, 2003

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Regina Vargo today (Feb. 14) said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will release the text of the Singapore-U.S. free trade agreement before it publishes the text of the U.S.-Chile deal.

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February 12, 2003

The proposed compromise to deadlocked negotiations on access to medicines has the backing of key African countries but still needs a positive response from the U.S. if it is to be successful, according to the World Trade Organization official trying to broker the deal.

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February 10, 2003

The U.S. and other developed countries blocked agreement today (Feb. 10) on a recommendation that the World Trade Organization's General Council clarify the mandate for a committee charged with strengthening special and differential treatment to developing countries, who had pushed for the clarification.

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The Chairman of the WTO Council on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights today (February 10) asked the World Trade Organization General Council for another week to see if the U.S. and other key players will sign on to an agreement giving countries the right to source production of generic drugs abroad now that he has proposed a compromise designed to limit use of these rights to dealing with national emergencies.

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The European Commission wants the U.S. to join in a joint declaration of principles on mutual cooperation in cargo security, possibly at a late February meeting of foreign ministers, in order to lay the groundwork for a bilateral agreement on cargo security that would supplant agreements the U.S. has reached with individual member states, according to officials.

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February 07, 2003

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February 03, 2003

Bush Administration officials have again postponed a cabinet-level meeting scheduled for today (Feb. 3) to decide whether to proceed with a World Trade Organization challenge to the European Union's moratorium on approval of new biotechnology crops, according to informed sources.

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January 31, 2003

He pointed out that public health and the environment questions are more important than free trade in Europe and which he implied would diminish the importance of a potential WTO decision.

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