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(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.


(Daily News)
October 29, 2007

Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have agreed to a proposal for the non-agricultural market access (NAMA) talks of the Doha round, according to which the customs union Mercosur could exempt one and half times more tariffs from formula cuts than proposed by the chairman of the negotiations, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
October 23, 2007

The United States, the European Union and six other trading partners will begin negotiating a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to provide a stronger international legal framework to protect intellectual property rights than the World Trade Organization, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced today (Oct. 23).


(Daily News)
October 23, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Oct. 23) said that the Bush Administration has “serious concerns” about the House Democrats' bill to expand and extend Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which the Ways and Means Committee plans to mark up tomorrow.


(Daily News)
October 05, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath have asked a private sector advisory group to the bilateral Trade Policy Forum (TPF) to lay out a blueprint of trade policy objectives over the next two to five years.


(Daily News)
September 17, 2007

Panama should not have to pass additional legislation or decrees in order for the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement to be considered by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today (Sept. 17).


(Daily News)
September 11, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said Sept. 10 that it will be more apparent in a matter of weeks


(Daily News)
July 25, 2007

Deputy USTR Karan Bhatia this week said that the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has led several “significant” U.S. trading partners in Asia to notify USTR that the deal will “likely force them to look seriously at entering into similar agreements with the United States, and undertaking the kinds of reforms that the FTA requires.”


(Daily News)
June 21, 2007

Talks between trade ministers of the so-called G4 group of countries designed to produce a breakthrough in the Doha round of World Trade Organization talks collapsed mid-day Thursday (June 21), which the U.S. and the EU blamed on the unwillingness of India and Brazil to agree to granting greater market access for industrial goods.


(Daily News)
June 19, 2007

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Wendy Cutler plans to meet in Seoul with Korean officials on June 21-22 to discuss changes to the bilateral free trade agreement, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
June 12, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today (June 12) that the parties involved in drafting a new template for free trade agreements are “very close to getting the text done.” She implied that the issues remaining are technical legal issues when she said “you know how lawyers are.”


(Daily News)
June 11, 2007

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) today (June 11) differed sharply over whether a provision in the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement on outward processing zones conforms to the May 10 trade framework the Bush Administration negotiated with the Democratic Congress.


(Daily News)
May 15, 2007

House Ways and Means Ranking Member Jim McCrery (R-LA) this week said it is his preference and that of U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab that the new obligations for free trade agreements announced last week not lead to a reopening of the Peru FTA. He acknowledged that this would require convincing Democrats of the merits of this approach.


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