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(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.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2008

Reacting to assertions by Democratic candidates for the presidency during a Feb. 26 debate in Ohio, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Feb. 27) charged that seeking changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement would endanger U.S. exports to very important markets.


(Daily News)
January 30, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said yesterday (Jan. 29) that each of the pending free trade agreements which President Bush wants Congress to approve this year faces a particular problem, and expressed doubt whether any of them will pass in this Congress in that time frame.


(Daily News)
January 29, 2008

World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy this week is seeking to define the scope of the ministerial negotiations in the Doha round later this spring that will seek to reach a modalities agreement on how to negotiate the reduction of agricultural tariffs and subsidies as well as barriers to manufactured goods, according to


(Daily News)
January 15, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Jan. 15) attacked some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for advising developing countries to protect their markets and “fledgling industries” in international trade negotiations.


(Daily News)
January 14, 2008

U.S. and Malaysian officials are scheduled to meet this week in Kuala Lumpur to discuss issues surrounding their bilateral free trade agreement, according to a U.S. trade official. He declined to characterize the meeting as a negotiating round, but said completing the U.S.-Malaysian FTA remains on the agenda this year.


(Daily News)
December 18, 2007

A U.S. trade official said today (Dec. 18) that the U.S. is exploring negotiating a trade accord with Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Chile as a possible building block toward a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). Another source said exploratory talks with those countries began two months ago.


(Daily News)
December 17, 2007

The U.S. and European Union formally agreed today (Dec. 17) on a compensation package that would commit the U.S. under the World Trade Organization to bind increased levels of market access in four services sectors in order to offset the trade losses that stem from the U.S. decision earlier this year to withdraw commitments on gambling from its WTO services schedule.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Dec. 4) blamed Brazil, India and China for lack of progress in the Doha round in a speech to the President' Export Council, which formally called for bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with those countries as well as Russia.


(Daily News)
November 27, 2007

The Senate is expected to pass the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement next week, a Bush Administration official said today (Nov. 27).


(Daily News)
November 05, 2007

United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Nov. 5) called on the congressional Democratic leadership to schedule a vote on the pending Colombia free trade agreement as soon as possible after passage of the agreement with Peru, in part to pressure wavering Democrats to come out in favor of the pact.


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