United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk Announces Plans To Depart In Late February

WASHINGTON — January 22, 2013 — Ambassador Ron Kirk today announced that after nearly four years of
service as United States Trade Representative, he intends to depart the position in late

“It has been no less than my greatest professional privilege to serve President Barack Obama
alongside the dedicated professionals of USTR,” said Ambassador Kirk.  “Together, we have made
great strides to bring about the President’s vision of a more robust, responsible, and responsive
trade policy that opens markets to products stamped ‘Made-in-America’ and enforces Americans’ trade
rights around the world – and does so in a way that is more consistent with America’s core values
on issues like the rights of workers and the environment. 

“In President Obama’s first term, trade has been a major part of this Administration’s
efforts to support American jobs right here at home.   I am proud of USTR’s contribution
to America’s ongoing economic recovery.”

A full biography of Ambassador Kirk can be found here

Among the hallmarks of the last four years at USTR have been the completion, passage through
Congress, and implementation of long-pending trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama; the
launching and significant advancement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations; the
revitalization of American trade enforcement and the standing up of the Interagency Trade
Enforcement Center (ITEC); the U.S.-led “turning of the page” at the World Trade Organization to
revitalize Members’ work in Geneva, including the exploration of a new International Services
Agreement and negotiations toward expansion of the Information Technology Agreement and an
agreement on trade facilitation; the renewal and strengthening of Trade Adjustment Assistance; the
termination of the Jackson-Vanik amendment’s application to Russia and the full application of the
WTO agreement between Russia and the United States; and the renewal of the Generalized System of
Preferences and the Andean Trade Preferences Act.   

A broader review of USTR’s latest activities across the spectrum of U.S. global trade can be
found by clicking here

Posted on January 28, 2013

Source: USTR