On March 1, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk delivered President Obama’s 2011 Trade Policy Agenda [i] and 2010 Annual Report to Congress. The 2011 Trade Policy Agenda reviews the Obama Administration’s accomplishments in trade policy in 2010, outlines how it will build on such progress with its trade-related plans and goals for 2011 and identifies a number of priority areas, which are discussed below.
Trade as a Source of American Jobs
This year’s Trade Policy Agenda focuses on creating a comprehensive trade policy that will support more and better American jobs and a robust, rules-based global trading system. The Agenda points to the expansion of “smart, responsible trade” as a means to enhancing American economic growth and employment. As part of this job-creation strategy, the Obama Administration will continue in 2011 to build on its 2010 success in implementing the National Export Initiative (NEI), with a special emphasis on expanding exports by small- and medium-sized businesses. This year, the President’s Export Promotion Cabinet will deliver to Congress the first comprehensive report on the progress of the NEI’s implementation.
The theme of supporting American jobs through trade can be found throughout the Trade Policy Agenda, which emphasizes how each of the identified trade policy priorities have connections to American job creation.