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Focus Of The Hearing:
The first panel of the hearing will provide an opportunity to explore with Ambassador Kirk current trade issues such as: (1) ensuring prompt implementation of the three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea; (2) seeking to conclude a good Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement this year; (3) considering Russia’s WTO accession; (4) improving our important trade relationship with China and addressing China’s trade barriers; (5) addressing the Obama Administration’s trade agency reorganization proposal and National Export Initiative (NEI); and (6) ensuring appropriate trade enforcement efforts. The first and second panels will also focus on areas of potential future trade negotiations such as: (1) advancing WTO negotiations, including “post-Doha” issues at the WTO such as an international services agreement, Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion and a trade facilitation agreement; (2) completing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with China and India and exploring new BITs and investment opportunities; (3) deepening and expanding the trade and investment relationship with the European Union; and (4) establishing long-term, closer ties with important trading partners such as Latin America and India.
Ambassador Ron Kirk
United States Trade Representative, Office of the United States Trade Representative