Ambassador Katherine Tai to Travel to Republic of the Philippines and Japan

April 13, 2023

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel to Manila, Republic of the Philippines on April 16 – 18, and Tokyo, Japan on April 18 – April 20 as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to strengthen ties with key partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

On April 17-18, 2023 Ambassador Tai will be in Manila, Republic of the Philippines to meet senior government officials and several of her trade and economic counterparts, including Secretary of Trade and Industry Alfredo Pascual, the Secretary of Labor and Employment Bienvenido Laguesma and Senate President Zubiri. In addition, Ambassador Tai will meet with business leaders and union representatives.  She will also meet with U.S. Ambassador MaryKay Carlson. Throughout these meetings, Ambassador Tai will emphasize the importance of strengthening the U.S. – Philippines bilateral trade relationship and discuss the ongoing Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations that aim to create resilient, sustainable and inclusive trade across the region. 

Ambassador Tai will then travel to Tokyo, Japan on April 19-20, 2023. She will meet with senior Government of Japan counterparts to further build upon recent achievements in the U.S.-Japan trade partnership and discuss the ongoing IPEF negotiations. She will also meet with U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel.

Ambassador Tai will return to Washington, D.C. on April 20.

Additional details on Ambassador Tai’s meetings and events will be provided at a later date.