- Screening and Discussion of "A La Calle"Panelists discuss the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela as the country continues to face high rates of poverty, unemployment, and even starvation. A La Calle (“To the Street”) is a firsthand account of the extraordinary efforts of ordinary Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy from the Nicolás Maduro administration. Working with a network of clandestine camera crews, the filmmakers […]
- The Future of EuropePanelists discuss the multiple challenges facing Europe today, including the public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, continued threats of nationalism, Russian influence, and relations with the United States.
- CFR Master Class With Adam SegalAdam Segal discusses the evolution of China's technology policy and how it has changed the U.S.-China relationship. The CFR Master Class Series is a biweekly 45-minute session hosted by Vice President and Deputy Director for Studies Shannon O’Neil in which a CFR fellow will take a step back from the news and discuss the fundamentals essential […]
- A Conversation With President Ursula von der Leyen of the European CommissionPresident von der Leyen discusses her vision for a new transatlantic agenda, prospects for cooperation between the European Union and the United States, and the future of multilateralism.
- A Conversation With House Armed Services Chairman Adam SmithAdam Smith discusses his role as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the need for the United States to address growing competition with China.
- Faith and Polarization in 2020 Part 2
- Resetting Public Health Strategy on COVID-19
- A Conversation With Vice Admiral Robert SharpVice Admiral Robert Sharp discusses the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disaster response efforts, partnerships with industry and academia, and its future support toward U.S. foreign policy objectives.
- Academic Webinar: The Road to Peace in AfghanistanRina Amiri, senior fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, discusses prospects for peace in Afghanistan, including the fate of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal, Afghan women’s roles in peace and security, and the outlook for intra-Afghan negotiations.
- A Conversation With Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the Palestinian AuthorityPrime Minister Shtayyeh discusses the Palestinian Authority’s relations with the United States, its security and economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the broader Middle East peace process.
- U.S. Congress close to ending anonymous companies abused by criminals & corrupt actors
- US poised to overhaul the country’s anti-money laundering legislation
- USA: Congress close to passing legislation that ends fully anonymous shell companies
- N Brown Group's response to COVID-19 questionnaire
- Brazil: Global Witness report on beef traders uncovers links to deforestation, flawed audits & complicity of banks & companiesThis investigation reveals a chain of actors from cattle ranchers through to multinational beef traders, international financiers, supermarkets and fast-food chains, and the governments that regulate them, are either destroying rainforests or are complicit in the destruction of the Amazon, with flawed audits undertaken by US and European auditors.
- UAE: HR & recruitment consultancy Innovations repays all employees who took salary cuts due to COVID-19
- Paper analyses concept of "safe harbour" & how it interacts with concept of mandatory due diligenceRecent developments across Europe on national as well as European level propose the introduction of corporate liability for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (“mHREDD”) regulations. As part of these discussions, the concept of a “safe harbour” against liability has surfaced in various contexts. There is accordingly a need to consider what is meant […]
- Nepal: Govt. suspends Kathmandu recruiters for allegedly conducting interviews for unverified jobs in Qatar
- Oman: Grace period for employers to alter migrant workers' status, incl. modifying wages & transfer between employers
- Saudi Arabia: Final wage protection system rolled out to cover all private sector workers
United States Trade Representative
United States Trade Representative
Mission of the USTR
American trade policy works toward opening markets throughout the world to create new opportunities and higher living standards for families, farmers, manufacturers, workers, consumers, and businesses. The United States is party to numerous trade agreements with other countries, and is participating in negotiations for new trade agreements with a number of countries and regions of the world.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.
USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President. Through an interagency structure, USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves disagreements, and frames issues for presidential decision. USTR also serves as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, is a non-voting member of the Export-Import Bank Board of Directors, and a member of the National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies.
- DDG Wolff calls for deepening work on “Trade for Peace” effortsAt a concluding session of the WTO’s “Trade for Peace” week on 4 December, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff outlined potential future actions to deepen cooperation between the WTO and the humanitarian and peace communities so that multilateral trade can contribute to peace efforts. He particularly underlined the role trade can play in Africa to help […]
- Electronics and automotive products lift global merchandise trade in Q3, services lag behindThe third quarter of 2020 saw a partial recovery of world trade in manufactured goods, led by electronics, textiles and automotive products, as production resumed and lockdown measures were eased in major economies, new WTO statistics show. However, despite substantial improvement in recent months, merchandise trade is still well below 2019 levels, and preliminary estimates […]
- Germany, Estonia contribute to EIF to help poorest countries expand role in world tradeGermany and Estonia have pledged EUR 815,000 to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) at the programme’s bi-annual Steering Committee meeting on 3 December. The meeting highlighted ways of helping least-developed-countries (LDCs) enhance their trading capacities and deal with the new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- DDG Agah: Trade key to mitigating impact of COVID-19 pandemic on AfricaTrade will play a key role in helping Africa to improve living standards and mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah said on 3 December. In remarks delivered to the annual meeting of the Africa Economic Zones Organization, DDG Agah said successful implementation of the new African Continental Free […]
- UK and Switzerland confirm participation in revised government procurement pactSwitzerland and the United Kingdom have completed the final step for making their respective participation in the revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) effective. As of 1 January 2021, the revised GPA will be in force for Switzerland, and the UK will be a party to the accord in its own right.
- “Pressing needs for a breakthrough” in WTO farm trade talksDeputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged WTO members on 2 December to push for extensive reform of existing global farm trade rules, declaring a “pressing need for a breakthrough” on all major subjects under negotiation. In remarks delivered to a Virtual WTO Agriculture Symposium, DDG Wolff noted that for issues such as agricultural subsidies, there were […]
- WTO members conclude cluster of fisheries subsidies meetingsOn 2 December, at the conclusion of two days of meetings at the level of heads of delegation, the chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, said he will continue his consultations with WTO members on the next steps in the negotiations.
- DDG Wolff pays tribute to James WolfensohnDeputy Director-General Alan Wolff has paid tribute to former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who passed away on 25 November. His remarks were delivered at a webinar co-sponsored by the WTO and World Bank on 2 December.
- Aid for Trade stocktaking event to examine impact of COVID-19 on developing countriesAn online information session was held by the WTO on 2 December to prepare for an Aid for Trade “stocktaking event” to be held online on 23 — 25 March 2021. Organized by the Committee on Trade and Development, the online event is set to examine the trade and development challenges arising from the COVID-19 […]
- China pledges USD 500,000 to support WTO accession and least developed countriesThe government of China has pledged to renew its contribution of USD 500,000 (CHF 451,500) to the WTO’s Least Developed Countries and Accessions Programme (also known as the China Programme) in 2020. The contribution was confirmed on 1 December 2020 at a signing ceremony with WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah and China’s Ambassador to […]
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