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Africa and The Middle East

(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.”


(Daily News)
March 08, 2017

Turkey has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization claiming the U.S. used improper pricing data to back up its claim of wrongful Turkish subsidization of certain imports of steel pipe and tube products, according to a Geneva-based official.


(In Trade)
December 12, 2016

The size of the “commercial diplomats” effort, designed in part to boost U.S. exports, has doubled to 12 markets.


(Daily News)
November 21, 2016

While structural conditions suggest that South Africa will have to boost poultry imports in the short term, U.S. exporters have little chance to capitalize due to a 65,000 metric ton tariff-rate quota that the two countries agreed to in resolving a clash over U.S. meat exports and South Africa's benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, according to a study by the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.


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