THE PRESIDENT’S TRADE POLICY AGENDA: 248 words on trade with "The Americas"
Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth through Trade
Ambassador Michael Froman
United States Trade Representative
March 3, 2014
The White House has issued a 17 page statement of the President’s trade policy agenda for 2014 with nine months left in the year.
It says, “The Obama Administration is pursuing an ambitious trade policy that supports jobs, promotes growth and strengthens the middle class. We are opening markets and raising standards, consistent with our values.”
“Thanks to these efforts,” it says, “U.S. producers and exporters are selling more goods and services around the world than ever before, and we are steadily raising environmental and labor standards in our partner countries. In 2014, we look forward to engaging with our global trading partners, with Congress, and with the American public to ensure that trade continues to move the country forward toward President Obama’s goal of an economy that will sustain and grow a thriving American middle class in the 21st century.”
It says, “The President’s Trade Agenda for 2014 describes how the Administration will continue to use every available policy tool over the next year – and continue to develop new tools to pursue the most efficient and productive pathways to expand trade and support economic growth. Our efforts in 2014 will build on many successful 2013 initiatives.”
And it spends 248 words out of the entire 17 page document discussing in depth the administration’s trade plans to grow, deepen and hold meetings about trade in “The Americas.”
The United States maintains strong economic ties with its trading partners throughout the Western Hemisphere. Boasting a combined goods and services trade totaling nearly $2 trillion, we seek to build Strong growth in trade and investment flows between the United States and Brazil continue to promote job-supporting, two way trade and investment with Brazil through the U.S.-Brazil Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation.
In 2014, we will work to continue to grow our exports and deepen our trade and investment policy engagement with Brazil. In addition, we will continue to work with Brazil to negotiate a long-term mutually agreeable solution to the ongoing WTO dispute on cotton, preventing costly retaliatory countermeasures from damaging American consumers and exports.
Trade between the United States and Central America and the Caribbean remains strong. Consequently, the United States will continue to work with our partners in Central America and the Dominican Republic, both bilaterally and through the CAFTA-DR, to promote job-supporting, trade and investment.
In 2014, the United States will work to deepen trade its relationships with CAFTA-DR partners to strengthen implementation of the trade agreement, facilitate trade, and address outstanding issues related to IP, SPS measures, worker rights, and customs and border measures, among others.In 2014, we intend to hold our second meeting under the updated U.S.-CARICOM Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed by Vice President Biden and President Martelly of Haiti in 2013 as we continue to deepen engagement and expand opportunities for trade with these key neighboring countries.