Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Today Ambassador Ron Kirk arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for his first visit to this country as the U.S. Trade Representative. In Addis Ababa, Ambassador Kirk will meet with senior Ethiopian officials as well as other stakeholders to discuss U.S.-Ethiopia bilateral trade relations as well as Ethiopia's bid for accession to the World Trade Organization.
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, Ambassador Kirk will visit a shoe factory in the Addis area - a company exporting footwear, a new and growing product area under AGOA. Ambassador Kirk will be available for a photo opportunity with members of the media following his tour of the factory. Later on Saturday, Ambassador Kirk will hold a press roundtable to review his trip to Ethiopia.