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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Central and South Asia
Mark Linscott is the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Central and South Asia. In this position, he is responsible for development of trade with the countries comprising South and Central Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
He previously served as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs from 2012 to 2016 where was responsible for coordinating U.S. trade policies in the WTO, with lead responsibility in the General Council and Council on Trade in Goods. His team was responsible for negotiations on trade facilitation and trade and development and negotiation and implementation of agreements in the WTO and regionally in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) related to customs matters, government procurement, subsidies and trade remedies, technical barriers to trade and regulatory cooperation. Mr. Linscott led trade issues in the OECD and UNCTAD.
Mr. Linscott previously served as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources from October 2003 to March 2012. In this capacity, he oversaw all trade and environment issues for USTR, including related free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, such as the TPP, and the WTO and OECD. During Mr. Linscott’s tenure, USTR included groundbreaking environment chapters in a number of FTAs, led efforts in the WTO to conclude multilateral negotiations on environmental goods and services and fisheries subsidies, and developed a robust agenda on illegal logging and associated trade through APEC and bilateral agreements with Indonesia and China. He was also responsible for international commodity agreements, including the International Tropical Timber Agreement and the International Coffee Agreement.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Linscott worked in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva, where he had diverse responsibilities, including negotiations on trade in services, customs issues, antidumping, subsidies, and government procurement. Between 1999 and 2002, Mr. Linscott was one of three members appointed by the General Council to the Management Board for the WTO Staff Pension Fund. Prior to serving in Geneva, he worked in the Office of WTO and Multilateral Affairs in USTR Washington, where he concluded the Uruguay Round Government Procurement Agreement as the lead U.S. negotiator and was responsible for preparations for the entry-into-force of the WTO.
Mr. Linscott started his career at the Department of Commerce, serving from 1985 to 1988 in Import Administration, and from 1988 to 1992 in the Office of Multilateral Affairs. He was awarded a Gold Medal Award, the Commerce Department’s highest honor, for his work on the 1986 Canadian softwood lumber investigation.
Mr. Linscott has a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.