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President Bush delivers remarks on May 23, 2008, on the South Lawn of the White House. He is seen with an array of products manufactured or grown in the U.S. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.
President Bush is seen with an array of products manufactured or grown in the U.S. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.
The Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs manages U.S bilateral trade relations with countries around the world, assisting with the negotiation and implementation of Free Trade Agreements, Trade and Investment Framework Agreements, and trade preference programs. Key initiatives include seeking Congressional passage of Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and Korea; leading the Department’s outreach efforts to promote free trade policy; coordinating the Department’s work on the bilateral dialogues like the Strategic Economic Dialogue with China or the Brazil Economic Partnership Dialogue; furthering the President’s initiative to create Reconstruction Opportunity Zones in Afghanistan and Pakistan; supporting the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council; promoting development in Africa through implementation of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act; and supporting the President’s plan to create a Middle East Free Trade Area by 2013. The Office works closely with USTR, USDA, Treasury, and Commerce, as well as Congress, the private sector, academia, and think tanks.

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Office Director: Robert D. Manogue
Contact Info: Email: ManogueRD@state.gov
Phone: (202) 647-3784
Fax: (202) 647-6540

 

  
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U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
President George W. Bush delivers remarks during the celebration of Colombian Independence Day Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in the East Room of the White House. White House photo by Eric DraperThe U.S.-Colombia FTA will benefit both countries.  For Colombia, the FTA will help a friend and strengthen a democratic partner in the region by demonstrating our commitment to them and furthering their economic development.  For the U.S., it is estimated that our exports to Colombia will increase by $1.1 billion and U.S. GDP is expected to increase by $2.5 billion as a result of the FTA.  For more information see the Department’s page on Free Trade Agreements.
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