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USTR Schwab to Attend APEC Meeting in Sydney, Australia

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Trade Representatives
Susan C. Schwab will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit
meeting in Sydney, Australia September 3-9.  There she will meet with trade
and foreign ministers in order to advance regional and global efforts to open
trade and investment flows.


“APEC members are at the cutting edge of economic
transformations that are shaping international commerce and investment. 
Together they account for 60 percent of the global GDP and 46 percent of global
trade,” said Ambassador Schwab.  “This meeting is an important opportunity
to take steps to sustain the economic dynamism in the Asia-Pacific region and
promote global economic growth by spurring the World Trade Organization Doha
Development Round negotiations to a successful conclusion.  I also look
forward to further conversations about our regional economic integration
initiatives.”


In July, Ambassador Schwab met with APEC trade ministers in Cairns, Australia and discussed the long-term
APEC goal of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).  The trade
ministers also conferred on APEC’s effort to strengthen intellectual property
rights protection and enforcement, promote high-quality free trade agreements,
and facilitate the flow of goods, services and investment throughout the
region.  The meetings in Sydney will provide an opportunity to build on
the bilateral and multilateral progress made earlier this
summer. 


The United
States exported $645 billion in goods to APEC economies in
2006 and the Bush Administration continues to deepen and strengthen
U.S. trade ties in the Asia-Pacific
region.  Most recently, the United
States signed a landmark Free Trade Agreement with
Korea on June 30 and
concluded a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with Vietnam on June
21.   This fall, the U.S. Congress is scheduled to take up the free
trade agreement the United
States and Peru have concluded.


Background:


Founded in 1989, APEC has been a leader in global trade
and investment liberalization and facilitation and the driving force behind WTO
initiatives on information technology and trade facilitation.  APEC played
a crucial role in putting the Doha Round back on track after the 2003 Cancun
Ministerial.


APEC economies account for 2.7 billion consumers,
approximately 60 percent of world GDP, and roughly 46 percent of global
trade.  Over 60 percent ($645 billion) of U.S. goods
exports went to APEC economies in 2006.  In addition to the United States,
other APEC members include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong,
China; Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea,
Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and
Vietnam.


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