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Building on a New Foundation: U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment

As a result of the initiatives put into place over the last two decades, the United States has positioned itself to take advantage of Africa’s economic resurgence, suggests a report issued by the Office of U.S. Trade...more

Outlook for Fall & Lame Duck

As summer ends and we look ahead to cooler weather, a historic presidential election, and a legislative and regulatory calendar that has numerous measures ready for activity, ML Strategies is pleased to share our outlook on...more

Letter to Colombian President Encourages Grant of Compulsory License for Imatinib

Last month, we reported on letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to the U.S. Trade Representative, seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on compulsory licenses. The letters were...more

Sweden’s Request to Ban American Lobster in the EU Risks Violating the Rules of the WTO

On February 29, 2016, the Swedish Government requested that the European Union impose a ban on imports of U.S./Canadian live lobster (Homarus americanus). Sweden argued that Homarus americanus is an “alien invasive species”...more

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

Letters from Congress Seek Clarification from USTR Regarding Position on Compulsory Licenses

Last month, we reported on a letter sent by three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...more

The Global Steel Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Hearings held by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Congressional Steel Caucus during April 12-14 provided a direct look at how steel overcapacity in foreign countries has drastically affected the domestic steel...more

Update On Covered Agreement Negotiations Between The U.S. And The European Union

As we previously reported, in November 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Trade Representative gave notice to Congress to initiate discussions with the European Union to enter into a Covered Agreement essentially...more

New Customs Bill Becomes Law

On February 24, 2016, H.R. 644 was signed into law by the President. While yet another trade-related bill was signed without any public ceremony, this new law contains a number of timely provisions. The first section deals...more

Africa Update - February 2016

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 29th, Burundian authorities released a British and a French journalist who were arrested during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts in Bujumbura. The U.S. and European...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2016

President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address - On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

IREG Update - December 2015

US to negotiate insurance and reinsurance "covered agreement" with EU - The US Treasury Department and US Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced controversial plans to negotiate a “covered agreement” on insurance...more

Groundbreaking, Multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Conclude – Enactment Pending Lawmakers Assessment of the Deal

After nearly a decade of talks, the United States and eleven other negotiating partners announced on October 5, 2015 the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking an important milestone toward...more

Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

Game Change: Covered Agreement Process for Insurance Underway

The United States Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) jointly notified four key congressional committees that they were formally initiating...more

White House Announces Long-Awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Obama administration released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, on November 5, kicking off a 90-day window for congressional review. The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade...more

Protection Of Investments Under The Trans-Pacific Partnership

On 4 October 2015, following five years of negotiations, ministers of 12 countries gathered in Atlanta (including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Have Far-Reaching Consequences for U.S. Industry

This week, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries decided the final terms of what they report is a far-reaching agreement (Agreement or TPP Agreement). The 12 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

United States Extends Trade Preference Programs, Continues to Monitor South Africa's Compliance with Commitments on Imports of...

On June 29, President Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and extended key preferential trade programs with many of the world's developing economies. These programs include the Generalized System of...more

Congress Passes Bill to Reinstate Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – Opportunities to Seek Refunds; Support or Oppose...

Congress has recently passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which renewed the Generalized System of Preferences, the U.S. trade program that promotes economic growth in the developing world, allowing for nearly...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

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