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Africa and The Middle East

(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.


(In Trade)
December 27, 2017

“The administration is committed to ensuring that other countries keep their end of the bargain in our trade relationships.”


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December 22, 2017

(File Document)
December 05, 2017

(In Trade)
November 20, 2017

As requested by Lighthizer, the Commission will provide “profiles” of seven countries and assess AGOA.


(Daily News)
August 09, 2017

Qatar's World Trade Organization challenge of a boycott of its goods and services implemented by three of its neighbors is unlikely to move the WTO to rule on the limits of its national security exception because most members fear such a ruling would shake the WTO's foundations, according to trade analysts.


(In Trade)
August 09, 2017

“Let us focus on ways we can achieve deeper commercial engagement now while working towards greater reciprocity in the future.”


(In Trade)
August 08, 2017

Brady: “I urge everyone involved to enhance those efforts to make the most of the next eight years.”


(Daily News)
August 08, 2017

Beneficiaries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the U.S.' Generalized System of Preferences commended the preference-granting programs as mutually beneficial in comments submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as part of its review of existing trade agreements.


(In Trade)
August 03, 2017

The USTR will head to Togo for an AGOA forum titled “the United States and Africa: Partnering for Prosperity through Trade.”


(In Trade)
July 14, 2017

The theme of the Aug. 8-10 meetings in Togo: “The United States and Africa: Partnering for Prosperity through Trade.”


(Daily News)
July 05, 2017

A group of retail industry trade associations -- as well as the East African Community, Uganda, and the African Cotton & Textile Industry Federation -- are charging that USTR's out-of-cycle review of Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda’s compliance with obligations under the African Growth and Opportunity Act is either unwarranted or should not result in those countries losing their AGOA benefits.


(In Trade)
June 22, 2017

The USTR tells Rep. Smith “I think you’ll see an outcome very soon and my guess is you won’t be disappointed.”


(Daily News)
June 20, 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will initiate an out-of-cycle review of the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda for trade preferences provided under the African Growth and Opportunity Act as a result of a petition arguing the countries' ban on imports of secondhand clothing and footwear violates requirements they must meet to receive and maintain AGOA benefits.


(Daily News)
April 26, 2017

The Trump administration is considering whether to proceed with other Section 232 national security trade investigations, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday, while making the case that a 232 investigation into aluminum imports has important national security angles.


(In Trade)
April 20, 2017

“The Department of State is ready to help ... facilitate trade and investment.”


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