Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative is launching its new website. President Obama has pledged to advance the social accountability and political transparency of trade policy, and this site will help to inform the American people and create a dialogue about our country's trade agenda.
Trade helps to create the better-paying jobs that Americans need in this time of economic difficulty, and international trade can be an important part of America's recovery from the economic crisis.
As U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk is working on behalf of American workers and businesses to open global markets to our goods and services. He is committed to hearing about and addressing Americans' concerns about trade and trade policy - in part through technologies like this website, and other new media tools that USTR will use to communicate with the American people in the coming years.
Key features of the new USTR website include a blog, an interactive travel map, an 'Ask the Ambassador' tool, and a section in which you can share your trade story and learn about the specific benefits that trade can hold for your state, your community, your business, and your family.
The blog will feature up-to-date information and weekly trade spotlights. The interactive travel map will follow Ambassador Kirk as he travels around the world, and will provide details of each trip. The 'Ask the Ambassador' tool lets you send in questions for Ambassador Kirk to answer through the blog. An interactive United States map will let Americans see how U.S. trade policies directly benefit their states, and will invite you to submit your personal trade stories to USTR.
As USTR works to make trade work better for American families, we are confident that this new website will provide a place for you to become more connected.