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Africa and The Middle East

(Daily News)
April 29, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday in the secretary’s first virtual visit to Africa, as the two countries continue to review talks about a bilateral trade agreement that began during the Trump administration, acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Robert Godec said on Wednesday.


(In Trade)
April 20, 2021

Marantis: As the administration crafts “a trade policy that focuses on the middle class ... micro and small businesses, digital trade is really a very, very efficient and productive way to go.”


(Daily News)
April 14, 2021

The U.S. can mitigate its reliance on China’s agriculture purchases by tapping into markets in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers on Wednesday.


(In Trade)
April 01, 2021

Tai continues world tour talking with counterparts in Kenya, Vietnam, South Africa, Turkey and New Zealand


(Daily News)
April 01, 2021

A nearly week-long blockage of the Suez Canal revealed a new chokepoint for global supply chains already strained by pandemic-related shipping bottlenecks, analysts said on Wednesday, suggesting diversification, automation and digitalization could help make supply chains more resilient.


(Daily News)
March 31, 2021

Efforts to liberalize trade across Africa should move the U.S. to eschew bilateral talks and engage with the continent as a whole, according to veteran trade analyst and negotiator Stephen Lande, who spoke with Inside U.S. Trade about what he thinks a new approach to U.S.-Africa trade should look like.


(Daily News)
March 30, 2021

Congress and the administration should start working now to renew Trade Promotion Authority so the U.S. is able to pursue future trade goals, such as concluding negotiations with the United Kingdom, opening new markets in Africa and potentially even rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
March 23, 2021

Prospects for renewing the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a 20-year-old U.S. preferential trade agreement due to expire in 2025, look stronger with President Biden in office, analysts say, though the trade preference program could be significantly modified if the U.S. continues a shift toward reciprocal trade agreements on the continent.


(Daily News)
March 03, 2021

Plurilateral negotiations play an important role in the World Trade Organization, allowing members to move forward on important issues and keep the organization relevant and responsive, the U.S., European Union and others argued on Tuesday, defending plurilateral talks after India and South Africa raised concerns about their legal status at the WTO.


(Daily News)
February 22, 2021

The push by many countries -- including the U.S. -- to conclude plurilateral agreements at the World Trade Organization is “legally inconsistent” with WTO rules and principles, India and South Africa argued in a new paper, insisting there is a “fundamental requirement for multilateralism” in Geneva.


(Daily News)
February 15, 2021

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday was officially appointed the new director-general of the World Trade Organization, pledging to tackle the pandemic, advance negotiations on curbing fisheries subsidies, move the needle on dispute settlement reform and lay the groundwork for a successful ministerial conference as her initial priorities. 


(Daily News)
February 12, 2021

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to make history on Monday as the World Trade Organization’s first African and first woman director-general, but the deep divides and significant crises facing the organization are likely to put her reformer reputation to the test from the start.


(Daily News)
February 09, 2021

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) hopes U.S. trade agreements with the United Kingdom and Kenya will be concluded and sent to Capitol Hill for review this year, he said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
February 05, 2021

The Biden administration on Friday announced its “strong support” for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the World Trade Organization’s next director-general, ending the previous administration’s block and opening the door to her quick appointment.


(Daily News)
February 05, 2021

Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee has taken herself out of the running for the World Trade Organization’s top job, removing one of the major hurdles to Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala taking the reins of the leaderless organization.


(Daily News)
February 04, 2021

President Biden’s move to maintain national security-based tariffs on the United Arab Emirates likely isn’t indicative of how Section 232 duties will be handled broadly, industry sources said this week, suggesting the administration could opt to negotiate exemptions with key countries.


(Daily News)
February 02, 2021

President Biden on Monday revoked a last-minute Trump administration move to lift Section 232 tariffs on aluminum from the United Arab Emirates in favor of a quota system.


(In Trade)
January 25, 2021

The group says she can be “relied on to pay due attention to the concerns many Americans have about global trade” and “has what it takes to lead WTO reforms.”


(In Trade)
January 20, 2021

The move came in one of the final proclamations issued by President Trump.


(In Trade)
December 23, 2020

A proclamation cites actions taken by the DRC’s government in recent years after President Obama removed the country from the program in 2010, citing human-rights concerns.


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