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USTR

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May 08, 2009

(Daily News)
May 07, 2009

In addition to preference program reforms, Marantis hit on a number of topics in response to questions from the members of the Senate Finance Committee.


(Daily News)
May 05, 2009

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative-nominee Demetrios Marantis told Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) in written answers made public today (May 5) that he would consider the ideas developed by Grassley and other interested parties to ensure that preference program benefits are concentrated on the world's poorest countries. Marantis seemed cool to limiting U.S. programs to only those countries, however.


(Daily News)
May 05, 2009

USTR General Counsel Tim Reif last week signaled that preference program reform may not happen this year along with extension of those programs.


(Daily News)
May 04, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will travel to Geneva next week to discuss the Doha round of global trade talks with key ambassadors and with World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy, sources said.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

Demetrios Marantis, nominee for deputy U.S. trade representative, in his confirmation hearing yesterday (April 30) said USTR hopes to work with Congress soon to set the timing for votes on the bilateral free trade agreement with Panama. Marantis, senior Democratic trade counsel with the Senate Finance Committee, told the panel that USTR is "working with Panama to address the outstanding concerns" laid out by the committee.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

Tim Reif, the general counsel of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, said this week that USTR wants to ensure that formal trade advisory committees represent a full range of views on trade policy issues, an apparent reference to increasing the involvement of non-governmental organizations.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk this week gave no indication on when he would decide whether the U.S. would join free trade talks with a group of Pacific Rim countries, said Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yeo.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

In its twentieth annual "Special 301" Report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection issues with 77 U.S. trading partners, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative yesterday (April 30) elevated Canada to the priority watch list for the first time and removed Korea from the watch list for the first time.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

Brad Ward has been named deputy general counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, as the identities of other USTR appointees are also starting to come into focus, according to sources. He was most recently a partner at the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

Overall, there are 27 trade advisory committees divided into three tiers, with the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) on the top tier.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

The National Pork Producers Council yesterday (April 30) stated it expects the trade measures countries are taking against U.S. pork exports in response to the so-called "swine flu" outbreak to be temporary, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in an April 28 statement charged the bans "do not appear to be based on scientific evidence and may result in serious trade disruptions without cause."

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