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President’s 2013 Trade Policy Agenda Calls for Continued Progress and Bold Steps to Support Greater Economic Growth and Jobs

March 01, 2013


Agenda outlines comprehensive plans for 2013 to open markets for U.S. exports, enforce U.S. trade rights, and sustain American leadership in international trade

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued a statement today upon the delivery to Congress of President Obama’s 2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 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 Annual Report due to Congress reviews progress made last year on trade issues in markets around the world.

“President Obama’s trade strategy for 2013 calls for continued progress and bold steps that will build on last year’s record-setting U.S. export performance in support of greater economic growth and jobs for more Americans,” said Ambassador Kirk. “Under the President’s trade policy, U.S. producers are selling more goods around the world stamped with ‘Made in America’ than ever before, and trade is supporting more 21st century jobs and industries here at home. In 2013, trade will continue to move us forward toward President Obama’s goal of an economy built to last – one that is globally competitive and that will support a thriving American middle class for generations to come.”

The Agenda released today outlines the Obama Administration’s key trade goals for 2013, including: advancing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations toward an ambitious conclusion; launching negotiations with the European Union toward a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and securing results at the World Trade Organization through fresh, credible approaches for trade liberalization.

The full text of the President’s 2013 Trade Policy Agenda can be found here.