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USTR’s Office of South and Central Asian Affairs oversees development and implementation of U.S. trade policy and negotiation strategies for South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). The office also oversees U.S. trade policy for Iraq and Iran.
Responsibilities include managing the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF) Cabinet-level bilateral trade dialogue, including coordinating the TPF’s four Working Groups (Agriculture, Intellectual Property Rights, Manufacturing, and Services and Trade in Goods) and the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). Other areas of emphasis include leading the Trade and Investment Council Meetings under the U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Central Asian states, and overseeing discussions on a potential TIFA with Iraq.