Last week, Ambassador Kirk participated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris, France. While there, he held bilateral meetings with a number of key trade ministers, including those from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Russia, and South Africa. He discussed bilateral trade issues with those nations, as well as efforts to reach a successful conclusion in the Doha round of world trade talks.
On the last day of the ministerial, Ambassador Kirk was a part of the OECD Session "Keeping Markets Open for Trade and Investment." At the session he re-iterated his commitment to achieving an ambitious and balanced Doha outcome.
Ambassador Kirk also held a press conference at the conclusion of the Ministerial Council Meeting, stating that he is "working to ensure that trade serves as a pillar of America's economic recovery - one that sustains and creates the better-paying jobs that American workers want and need in these tough times."
See a slideshow of his trip below.