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(Daily News)
April 30, 2009

Demetrios Marantis, the nominee for the position of deputy U.S. Trade Representative, told the Senate Finance Committee today (April 30) that the administration hopes to work with Congress “soon to try to figure out what the most appropriate timing is” to bring the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement up for a vote.


(Daily News)
April 30, 2009

“We've been working literally every day over the past two weeks to see if we can take advantage of this window with their lame duck session on both the labor and the tax issue,” Kirk said.


(Daily News)
April 28, 2009

The confirmation hearing for Demetrios Marantis for Deputy U.S. Trade Representative will be held this Thursday, April 30, at 10am in the Senate Finance Committee, according to the committee's web site. No hearing has been scheduled for former Clinton administration official and Obama fundraiser Miriam Sapiro, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative on April 14.


(Daily News)
April 28, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today (April 28) 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 after meeting with Kirk.


(Daily News)
April 27, 2009

Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day today (April 27) told U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that Canada will soon seek formal World Trade Organization consultations over the U.S. country-of-origin labeling final rule based on the 2008 farm bill.


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

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said April 20 he believes that problems that have been flagged by President Barack Obama regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) can be fixed without reopening the text of the trade deal. Obama has said the labor rights and environment side accords of NAFTA need to be strengthened.

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

Jason Hafemeister is no longer in the running for the position of chief agriculture negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, despite being regarded as a leading candidate for the slot over the last couple of months. Sources said it was unclear why he was no longer in the running, but said the decision appeared to come from the White House.

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

The Obama administration is working to resolve pending issues that block the passage of the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement in a matter of weeks in the hope that the U.S. Congress could approve the deal by this summer.

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

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced yesterday (April 23) that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative would soon clarify its views on how to advance the lagging Doha round of global trade talks.

(Text Document)
April 24, 2009

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