Next Steps for the American Trade Agenda
On November 30, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk gave the keynote address at the U.S. Chamber's annual "Next Steps for the American Trade Agenda" conference. In his remarks he outlined a five-pronged trade agenda focusing on:
1) implementing the Korea, Colombia, and Panama trade agreements;
2) negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement;
3) enforcing U.S. trade agreements and international trade rules;
4) maximizing export opportunities in every market; and
5) providing leadership at the WTO to combat protectionism and strengthen the rules-based global trading system.
U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue opened the conference with a call for a robust trade agenda that includes renewal of TPA; the TPP; possible new trade agreements with major emerging markets and with the European Union; and support for the multilateral trading system. He outlined these plans in an op-ed. The conference also featured remarks by former U.S. Trade Representatives Carla Hills, Charlene Barshefsky, and Susan Schwab as well as FedEx's Mike Ducker and Amway's Richard Holwill.
California STEP The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses
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