Commerce Secretary Turns Globetrotter
Evans to Discuss Trade with officials, businesspeople in China, Ireland, Mexico
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 06/21/04 - Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans has begun an 11-day round-the-world trip that will take him to'to China, Ireland and Mexico?for public- and private-sector meetings to discuss free and fair trade between the US and the three countries.?
In China,?Evans "will stress the importance of China's compliance with WTO obligations and call for senior Chinese government officials to eliminate trade barriers hindering US-China trade relations," said a Commerce Department spokesman.
Evans will be joined by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to participate in several events during his visit.
"We are going to continue to look American workers in the eye, all across this country, and tell them we are going to be tough when it comes to enforcing our trade laws and maintaining a level playing field with the rest of the world. And China is certainly right there at the top of the list," he'said. "We are also working to open Chinese markets to more American exports," he added. "As one of the leading exporters of manufactured goods, it is in China's best interest to eliminate barriers to market access for United States companies."
Evans' visit to China comes on the heels of the US-China Joint Committee of Trade (JCCT) meeting in Washington, DC where Evans and China's Vice Premier Wu Yi discussed the importance of China's compliance to avoid disputes and "amplify the positive signal it sends to investors and other trading partners."
Eight members of the President's Export Council (PEC) will join Evans during the Beijing leg of the trip for high-level meetings with senior Chinese government officials to discuss ways to increase US exports to China.
The PEC members will also share their views on China's economic prospects and help identify critical missing elements in China's development toward a market economy. The PEC consists of twenty-eight members and is appointed by the President to advise him on government policies and programs that affect US trade performance.
Evans will visit Harbin, China for meetings with Chinese senior government leaders and give a before students at the Harbin Institute of Technology. Secretary Evans will also discuss strengthening US-China trade relations in remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and visit the facilities of several American companies operating in China.
From China, Evans will travel to Ireland for three days to participate in the US-EU Summit where he will help foster dialogue between the US and the European Commission.
Evans met last year with EU Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on the eve of the 2003 US-EU Summit to discuss issues of critical importance to transatlantic commerce, including the Doha trade talks, security issues, regulatory cooperation, and capital market convergence.
He is expected to meet with Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney.
Evans will conclude his eleven-day trip in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he will seek to leverage private resources to create jobs and promote prosperity in less developed areas of Mexico.
His visit is part of Partnership for Prosperity Entrepreneurial Workshop created by President Bush and Mexico President Fox during their summit meeting in September 2001.
The first workshop was held last June in San Francisco.
The conference will include panel sessions, during which participants will discuss priorities, including housing and rural development and information technology, as well as prevailing conditions in key economic areas and ways to enhance competitiveness.
back, or read the latest Front Page stories:
US Seeks Stronger Ties With Brazil
WASHINGTON, DC – 06/13/06 – Rebounding from the failure to craft a Free Trade Area of the Americas pact, the Bush Administration is aiming at strengthening trade ties with Brazil in an effort to counter China’s fast-growing economic influence in Latin America; China should not only be seen as an export market with 1.3 billion consumers, but also as a nation of 1.3 billion ''new competitors,'' says US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guittierez.
US Threatens WTO Action Against China
WASHINGTON, DC – 06/10/06 – The White House is threatening to slap China with a World Trade Organization case unless Beijing responds quickly to US concerns over its lack of action on securing intellectual property rights for US products; talks on bringing the WTO case are at a ''very advanced stage,'' according to a high level official in the Office of the US trade Representative.
High Hopes for Central American Trade Pact
WASHINGTON, DC – 06/08/06 – The US -Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) still faces some hurdles, but could become a reality ''very soon,'' according to Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick; the issues relating to government procurement, intellectual property rights and agriculture still need to be worked through, says the former US Trade Representative following a session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.