The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of State Convene Trade and Environment Meeting with Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

October 31, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Department of State today met with counterparts from the governments of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for a trade and environment meeting held in Washington, D.C.
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources Kelly Milton and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment Scott Ticknor participated in a student roundtable on the climate crisis as it relates to water security and deforestation. Students from George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia participated in the student roundtable event.
AUSTR Milton then led a government-to-government discussion on the role of trade in supporting more resource efficient and circular economies.  In the afternoon, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Allison Smith and Acting DAS Ticknor participated in a government discussion on the opportunities and challenges of critical minerals extraction, processing, and recycling.  
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