Washington, DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) welcomed today’s announcement that the United States and other World Trade Organization (WTO) members will launch negotiations for a plurilateral agreement to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin released the following statement.
“We congratulate U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and his team and the other negotiating countries for embarking on this initiative to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. The launch of these negotiations is not only a significant step toward addressing climate change, but is also important for building on the momentum generated by the recent Bali agreement to advance future trade negotiations under the umbrella of the WTO.
“With this agreement, we have a great opportunity to set a standard for ways trade policy can address pressing global challenges, including the environment.
“The NFTC has long been a supporter of trade liberalization for environmental goods at the WTO and APEC, and we look forward to working with negotiators to achieve an expeditious and ambitious outcome that includes a critical mass of trade of key environmental goods.”
About the NFTC
Serving America’s International Businesses Since 1914.- The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) 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.