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Trade Policy and Programs

Trade Policy and Programs (TPP) advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers through global, regional and bilateral trade initiatives - including free trade agreements (FTAs) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Development Agenda. In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the more than 50 TPP professionals and staff work to maximize the benefits of open markets for global economic development, address and resolve trade disputes, strengthen intellectual property enforcement, and improve access for U.S. goods and services abroad.

TPP is led by Manisha Singh and is composed of three offices:

  
Highlights

Global Trade Talks End Without Breakthrough
U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab talks with the press following the close of global trade talks in Geneva in July 2008. © AP ImagesU.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab (July 29): "We’ve probably moved the ball further forward in the last ten days than we have in the last eight years. ... Then ultimately the negotiations deadlocked on the scope of a so-called safeguard mechanism to remedy surges in imported agricultural products." Full Text

President Bush Honors Colombian Independence Day
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 DraperPresident Bush (July 22): "Opening markets is especially important during this time of economic uncertainty. Last year, exports accounted for more than 40 percent of America's total economic growth. Doesn't it make sense to continue that kind of growth during these economic uncertain times? I think it does."  Full Text

State Department’s Response to Rising Food Prices
Deputy Secretary of State Negroponte talks with Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer at the announcement of the 2008 World Food Prize Laureates on June 13, 2008.Deputy Secretary Negroponte (June 13): "The Administration’s response to this crisis has been comprehensive and strong. The President made his views clear on May 1 when he announced he was calling on Congress to provide an additional $770 million to support food aid and development programs, adding to the $200 million he made available from the Bill Emerson Trust on April 14. At the same time, he emphasized that we must look to other nations, the G-8, multilateral lenders and regional development banks, and private industry and donors to do their part." Full Text

U.S. Response to Rising Food Prices
President Bush (May 1): "The American people are generous people and they're compassionate people.  We believe in a timeless truth: To whom much is given, much is expected.  And so therefore at home we are working to ensure that the neediest among us can cope with the rising food prices. And with the new international funding I'm announcing today, we're sending a clear message to the world: that America will lead the fight against hunger for years to come." Full Text

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