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State Department

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 31, 2009

Witnesses at a joint State Department and Office of U.S. Trade Representative hearing on possible revisions to the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty (BIT) clashed most over whether governments should be allowed more leeway to restrict capital flows in a financial crisis, and whether and how investors have access to investor-state arbitration proceedings.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 31, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will travel to Kenya next week for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, where they plan to advance President Obama's commitment to further promoting trade and investment in African countries.

(Text Document)
July 30, 2009

(Text Document)
July 30, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 24, 2009

U.S. sources this week expressed disappointment that a high-profile trip to India by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not yield the naming of the two specific nuclear reactor sites which India plans to allow U.S. firms to develop. Meanwhile, the text of an end-use monitoring agreement meant to facilitate defense trade with India remained secret this week due to political uproar in India, leading to some doubts that it has in fact been finalized.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 24, 2009

The State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy subcommittee examining bilateral investment treaties (BITs) aims to make its recommendations to the full ACIEP in September, ACIEP meeting participants said July 20.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 24, 2009

During this week's meeting of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), the committee unanimously approved a letter that would ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to clarify the application of Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations to foreign banks financing trade in U.S. agricultural and medicinal exports.

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