|Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs (EB/TPP/MTA)
Released by the Bureau of Business and Economic Affairs
U.S. Department of State, May 15, 2000
One of the key objectives of the Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs is to promote open markets that increase opportunities for U.S. trade and investment, as well as economic policy reforms that provide a basis for further global growth. Expanding U.S. exports helps to create high paying jobs and income. Fast-growing markets have a large appetite for imports in high technology and capital goods, where we are most competitive.
The Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs formulates and implements Department of State policy on multilateral trade issues, including antidumping, government procurement, standards, trade and labor, and trade and the environment. It represents the Department of State on delegations to negotiations in multilateral organizations including the World Trade Organization, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Additionally, the Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs represents the Department in trade related dealings with other U.S. Government agencies such as the Office of the Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of the Treasury. This office is also responsible for promoting the protection of intellectual property rights abroad, and for coordinating U.S. international antitrust activities.
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