Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs (Acting)
Kent Shigetomi serves as Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs (WAMA).
Mr. Shigetomi works on issues related to technical barriers to trade and rules of origin. In 2020 he was detailed to the Small Business, Market Access, and Industrial Competitiveness office to work on certain aspects of USMCA rules of origin. Mr. Shigetomi also served as the lead negotiator on rules of origin in the FTA negotiations with the UK and Kenya. He was the rules of origin negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and worked on technical barriers to trade in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Mr. Shigetomi serves as the Chair of the APEC Chemical Dialogue and as the U.S. delegate to the APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance.
Before joining WAMA, Mr. Shigetomi spent 14 years as the Director for Mexico and NAFTA Affairs. In that office, he worked on market access issues, tariff acceleration, intellectual property and the environment. He negotiated the government procurement chapter in the CAFTA-DR and the temporary entry chapters of the Chile and Singapore FTAs. For four years during that period, he also managed U.S.‐Caribbean trade issues, including the administration of U.S. trade preference programs with that region and the rollout of Haiti HOPE.
Prior to joining USTR, Mr. Shigetomi was a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. He served overseas in Athens, Tokyo, and the Sinai, before returning to Washington to work in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.