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(Daily News)
July 30, 2008

GENEVA -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab suggested today (July 30) in the aftermath of this week's collapse of the Doha round that countries should consider advancing the less controversial elements of the negotiations given that negotiators have been struggling hard to reach an agreement on an overall deal.


(Daily News)
July 29, 2008

GENEVA -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab early this evening local time made clear that ministers representing seven major trading partners have failed to reach a compromise on the special safeguard mechanism (SSM) despite almost two full days of negotiations.


(Daily News)
July 29, 2008

GENEVA -- In the wake of the collapsed ministerial, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said that the U.S. will “stand by” its current offers to ensure that the advances made this week in the Doha round negotiations are not lost.


(Daily News)
July 28, 2008

GENEVA -- The U.S. today (July 28) accused India and China of threatening the success of the ministerial by demanding key changes to a draft modalities agreement on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) developed late last week.


(Daily News)
July 28, 2008

GENEVA -- A small group meeting of seven trading partners seeking to narrow differences on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) in the Doha round showed signs of stalemate in the early evening of July 28 local time.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2008

GENEVA -- Senior Indian government officials yesterday (July 26) offered a low-key response to an offer of further consultations on the temporary movement of professionals by U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab at a services signaling conference.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2008

GENEVA -- The U.S. government is engaged in bilateral efforts with key trading partners to improve the market access gains on agricultural and industrial products it could expect under a July 25 draft outline of key modalities elements, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2008

GENEVA -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this week pressed to have developed countries exempt from formula tariff cuts to the maximum number of agricultural tariff lines allowed for sensitive products in the July 10 agriculture draft modalities text, according to Geneva sources.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2008

GENEVA - If Brazil and India prevail in their demands for significantly deeper cuts in U.S. overall trade-distorting subsidies (OTDS), it could put European Union negotiators at risk of violating their negotiating mandate by forcing them to make deeper cuts as well, according to agriculture sources.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2008

GENEVA- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced this afternoon (July 22) that the United States is prepared to cut its overall trade distorting subsidies (OTDS) to $15 billion, provided other countries will offer significant market access in agriculture and on non-agricultural market access (NAMA) and agree not to challenge U.S. farm programs in the World Trade Organization.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2008

GENEVA - U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (July 22) ruled out giving in to European Union demands that a Doha round modalities deal include provisions that would extend new protections to geographical indications to products other than wine and spirits.


(Daily News)
July 15, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (July 15) urged African trade officials to keep their “direct and immediate” interests in mind when participating in next week's Doha round talks in Geneva, instead of following the lead of advanced developing countries such as China and India.


(Daily News)
June 18, 2008

The Senate Finance Committee today (June 18) by voice vote approved Deanna Tanner Okun to be deputy U.S. trade representative, responsible for trade agreements with Asia such as the embattled U.S.-Korea free trade agreement.


(Daily News)
June 16, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab at this point does not support the issuance of a negotiating text from World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy as a way to spur forward the Doha round negotiations in Geneva, a U.S. trade official said today (June 16). Addressing the possibility of a Lamy text last week at a Washington event, Schwab stated that "no single individual can solve the round."


(Daily News)
April 28, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (April 28) said the Bush administration is keeping its options open with regard to sending the free trade agreement it has negotiated with Korea to Congress for approval this year, an effort President Bush pledged he would make during a summit with Korean President Lee Myung-bak this month at Camp David, MD. She called on business to prepare the Congress to take up the FTA after an eventual vote on the Colombia trade pact.


(Daily News)
April 18, 2008

The United States and Korea today (April 18) reached agreement to revise their bilateral beef protocol in a manner that could lead Korea to fully open its market to all U.S. beef from cattle of all ages beginning in mid-May. The opening will take place in two-stages.


(Daily News)
April 17, 2008

Deanna Tanner Okun, whose nomination to be deputy U.S. trade representative overseeing Asia has been bottled up in the Senate Finance Committee since December, faced tough questions from committee Democrats today (April 17).


(Daily News)
March 27, 2008

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) has placed a hold on the nomination of Deanna Tanner Okun to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative to press for a tougher implementation of the U.S.-Canada lumber deal aimed at restricting imports, according to sources.


(Daily News)
March 12, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (March 12) announced the Bush administration plans to send the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to the Congress for a vote “very, very soon” after the March congressional recess, even if the Democratic leadership does not support such a move.


(Daily News)
March 11, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today (March 11) raised the specter of an administration decision to send the bill implementing the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to Congress over the objections of the Democratic leadership, but at the same time expressed the hope that there could be an accommodation.


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