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“He will lead a team of lawyers and policy experts focused on sanctions and export control compliance, international trade policy, and government affairs with respect to the company’s industry-leading cloud platform.”

Fri, 4:49 PM

Cara Morrow, a former USTR official who later worked on e-commerce policy at Facebook, has been named director of policy at the ITA.

Fri, 1:51 PM

The top stories in this week’s issue.

Fri, 11:48 AM

The bill would amend the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority law, which expires later this year.

Fri, 8:30 AM

Our weekly look at who’s saying what.

Thu, 2:15 PM
By Hannah Monicken

Hundreds of civil society groups in the U.S., along with several progressive lawmakers, are keeping up the pressure on the Biden administration to reverse the previous administration’s opposition to a proposal to waive some intellectual property commitments at the World Trade Organization in response to the pandemic, an issue that has galvanized advocacy groups as a question of equity and, they say, hypocrisy.

By Margaret Spiegelman

The U.S. must take a range of actions to address pandemic-related market shocks that have spurred high costs and long delays for U.S. importers and exporters, causing major disruptions to supply chains, according to industry representatives.

By Brett Fortnam

The U.S. will no longer push to make new international tax rules optional for companies, dropping a position advocated by the Trump administration that isolated the U.S. in negotiations aimed at addressing the digital economy’s place in the international tax system, according to Germany’s finance minister,

By Isabelle Icso

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under Katherine Tai will take a nuanced and comprehensive approach to tariffs, including those already in place, eyeing them as “legitimate” tools, the nominee said on Thursday.

By Isabelle Icso

The Biden administration will strive to restore U.S. leadership at the World Trade Organization and work constructively with other members on reform, the president’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative said on Thursday.

By Hannah Monicken

With Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to take up the director-general mantle next week, World Trade Organization members on Thursday expressed hope for the organization’s future and outlined their priorities for the upcoming ministerial, which is expected to take place in December.

USMCA

China
  • U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine Tai on Thursday pledged to hold China accountable under its phase-one deal with the U.S. and to work with the rest of the Biden administration to craft a long-term vision for how the U.S. can best compete with Beijing.

  • The European Union’s agriculture sustainability strategy, known as “Farm to Fork,” is “straight up protectionism,” the former top agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said this week, arguing that the bloc was claiming its blocking of new agricultural technology would make European agriculture more sustainable.

World Trade Organization
  • While World Trade Organization members remain deadlocked over the question of whether to waive some intellectual property obligations in response to the pandemic, they largely share a common sense that countries must explore how intellectual property flexibilities can be part of a pandemic response framework, according to a Geneva-based trade official familiar with the discussions.

  • The push by many countries -- including the U.S. -- to conclude plurilateral agreements at the World Trade Organization is “legally inconsistent” with WTO rules and principles, India and South Africa argued in a new paper, insisting there is a “fundamental requirement for multilateralism” in Geneva.