Administration Outlines Its Trade Agenda

The US Trade Representative (USTR) has sent Congress a review of 2005 and an outline of its agenda
for 2006 that calls for completion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations by year’s end and
continuing efforts to negotiate bilateral and regional pacts designed to open markets for US

“The potential benefits from the successful Doha Round for the United States and its trading
partners, especially in the developing nations, are enormous, and we will continue to do all we can
to achieve a successful result. In parallel to its Doha Round efforts, the administration will move
vigorously to negotiate new bilateral and regional trade agreements to create a host of new
opportunities for US workers, farmers and businesses, USTR Rob Portman said.”

Emphasizing that it is important that trade rules be “fair and aggressively enforced” Portman
assured lawmakers the administration will continue to use “all available tools” to ensure trading
partners live up to their international trade obligations. He said the emergence of China as a
global trading partner has created both challenges and opportunities, and he pointed out that the
administration has ordered a top-to-bottom review of its trade policies involving China in order to
“better monitor and enforce” China’s compliance with its obligations as a WTO member.

Portman said the administration’s “vigorous” free trade efforts in the coming year will be
designed to promote economic growth and stability in other countries as well as new US job

March 7, 2006