U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab will travel to Brazil July 27-29 in the first of several trips to sustain support for the global trade and development goals of the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Agenda.
Schwab will confer with Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, who represents his country in trade negotiations, on how to move the negotiations forward to open new global trade flows following the suspension of formal Doha Round on July 24.
"The spirit of Doha lives even if a formal agreement eludes us at this time," says Schwab. "There remains a strong desire among WTO members to alleviate poverty and to spur development through increased trade.
"Brazil is a leader in the WTO system, and it has consistently called for increased market access opportunities in agriculture as part of the Doha outcome. It has never wavered from this point," Schwab noted. "We will continue to work with other responsible leaders in the global trading community, including Brazil, to achieve our shared objectives to increase trade flows, combat poverty, and spur economic growth. The United States will continue to engage all our trading partners to revive the Doha Development Agenda and ensure that its full potential is realized."
In August, Ambassador Schwab will meet with trade ministers from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations. In September she, along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Johanns, will visit with members of the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting nations in Australia. In November, Ambassador Schwab will accompany Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to a meeting of trade minister and other leaders of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group.