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NFTC Welcomes Administration’s Plans for Action on U.S. Trade Agenda
Date: 5/18/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – In response to remarks delivered this afternoon by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) released the following statement.

“The NFTC welcomes Ambassador Kirk’s remarks on trade and the increasing attention that the Obama Administration is devoting to advancing America’s global economic interests. NFTC supports the Administration’s path forward on trade, including its attempt to secure meaningful market access as part of a Doha agreement and concluding free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea,” said NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin. “We applaud the Administration’s intention to engage all stakeholders on trade, including those Americans who are more skeptical of the benefits and aware of the costs. As NFTC’s work with groups like the Center for Global Development, Oxfam, the ONE campaign and the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops demonstrates, it is not just American businesses who care about trade.”

“Ambassador Kirk’s speech was a timely reminder that if all politics is local, then our engagement in trade politics in America today must start at the local level, convincing all Americans of the vital role free trade plays in the economic survival and recovery of the U.S. economy,” said NFTC Vice President for Regional Trade Initiatives Chuck Dittrich. “We welcome his renewed commitment to finding a way forward on the important trade issues of the day, and we urge the Administration and Congress to move forward on these efforts without delay, starting with immediately sending forward to Congress the U.S.-Panama FTA.”

About the NFTC

Advancing Global Commerce for 95 Years - The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.