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President's 2011 Trade Policy Agenda Focuses on American Jobs

March 01, 2011

Agenda charts 2011 path on initiatives to open markets for U.S. products, enforce America’s trade rights

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued a statement today upon the delivery to Congress of President Obama’s 2011 Trade Policy Agenda and 2010 Annual Report. USTR is the lead agency responsible for the development of the President’s Trade Policy Agenda, which by statute must be delivered to Congress by March 1 of each year. The Agenda and Report released today review the Administration’s progress on trade issues and outline future objectives.

“The Obama Administration has blazed a new trail on trade, and this Agenda reflects our commitment to a job-focused, comprehensive trade policy that benefits American businesses and workers as well,” said Ambassador Kirk. “Our trade policy will support more American jobs and better jobs as we open world markets for Made in America products and keep them open through strong enforcement of our trade rights, maintaining America’s leadership and strengthening partnerships in a robust, rules-based global trading system.”

The 2011 Trade Policy Agenda explains how the Obama Administration intends to build this year on significant progress in 2010 on initiatives such as the U.S.-Korea trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, and enforcement successes that are preserving American businesses’ and workers’ rights in the global trading system. Key goals for 2011 include implementation of the U.S.-Korea agreement, work to resolve outstanding issues related to trade agreements with Panama and Colombia, substantial progress in the TPP talks and the Doha round of negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Russia’s accession to the WTO. The Administration has also called for the renewal and long-term extension of key programs such as Trade Adjustment Assistance and expired trade preferences.

The full text of the President’s 2011 Trade Policy Agenda is can be found here.