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Africa and The Middle East

(Daily News)
July 10, 2018

After nearly six months, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s plan for a trade agreement with an African country that can serve as a “model” for the region remains embryonic, a USTR official said on Tuesday, adding that the U.S. was not seeking to disrupt African economic integration through bilateral deals.


(Daily News)
July 09, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week will hold “exploratory talks” with his African counterparts about developing a blueprint for a “model” bilateral free trade agreement that can be in place when the African Growth and Opportunity Act is set to expire, in 2025, a USTR official said Monday.


(In Trade)
July 09, 2018

The Iowa Republican, rejecting aid for farmers hit by retaliatory tariffs and calling for new agreements, described “encouraging news” from the USTR.


(Daily News)
June 29, 2018

The U.S. is eager to forge “more advanced trade arrangements” in Africa to ensure exporters are not squeezed out of growing markets, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says in a new report.


(In Trade)
June 20, 2018

“Some nations are acting to seize opportunities, recognizing the potential payoff merits a massive political and financial investment. By contrast, the U.S. falls further behind in this competition with each passing day.”


(In Trade)
June 19, 2018

The mission “underscores the Trump administration’s commitment to both advance opportunities and to eliminate trade barriers to strengthen the U.S.-Africa commercial relationship.”


(In Trade)
May 25, 2018

“We’re acutely aware of the various countries obligations under both the regional economic communities as well as under the emerging CFTA.”


(In Trade)
May 10, 2018

“When elephants fight it's the grass that suffers.”


(Daily News)
April 19, 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is still in the “early stages” of realizing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s goal of negotiating a “model” free trade agreement with an African country, Deputy USTR C.J. Mahoney said Wednesday.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2018

President Trump on Thursday announced that he intends to suspend duty-free benefits for apparel products granted to Rwanda under the African Growth and Opportunity Act in 60 days due to the country’s import ban on used apparel and its lack of progress towards eliminating it despite U.S. overtures.


(Daily News)
February 23, 2018

The U.S. needs a new approach to Africa that is focused more on developing commercial ties and less on providing aid, analysts and government officials said Friday.


(Daily News)
January 31, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expects the U.S. will soon strike a free trade deal with a “properly selected” African country that will become a model for others in the region, he said on Wednesday.


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