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Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter F. Allgeier briefs media at the Embassy

October 23, 2003

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Deputy US Trade Representative Peter F. Allgeier met with members of the media Thursday (Oct. 23) to answer questions about the U.S. plans for negotiations regarding the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

“The focus of this trip and the primary attention of the meetings yesterday and today has been on the FTAA, to create a truly free trade zone throughout the western hemisphere,” said Ambassador Allgeier, speaking at the U.S. Embassy. “The meetings have confirmed that Uruguay and the United States have very similar ideas of FTAA and the benefits it can bring to our people.”

Ambassador Allgeier is the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President.

Ambassador Allgeier emphasized that the goal was to see the FTAA in place by January of 2005. He described the US vision of NTAA as global, multilateral, ambitious, with all 34 countries in the Western Hemisphere acting as one company. That would include one set of regulations, unlimited access and elimination of tariffs for participating countries.

“Both of our governments see this free trade in the Western hemisphere as beneficial to integrate the markets, improve the economy and alleviate poverty,” Ambassador Allgeier said.

On the differences with Brazil, Ambassador Allgeier said, while the goal is to have all 34 Western Hemisphere countries in the FTAA, it will be up to each country to decide whether to sign the agreement.

Ambassador Allgeier’s agenda in Montevideo included meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Guillermo Valles, US Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce. He also had a lunch meeting with President of Uruguay Jorge Batlle on Thursday (Oct. 23).

Ambassador Allgeier was in Brazil earlier in the week. He heads to Argentina for more FTAA-related meetings.

During his career at USTR, Ambassador Allgeier has conducted major negotiations with countries throughout Asia, Europe (including the former Soviet Union), the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as multilateral negotiations in the United Nations and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). These negotiations include: elimination/reduction of foreign tariffs and non-tariff barriers on U.S. goods and services; bilateral investment treaties; improvements in foreign laws governing patents, trademarks and copyrights; government procurement; the establishment of orderly marketing arrangements; removal of foreign export subsidies; and treaties normalizing U.S. trade and investment relations with the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

From left Guillermo Valles, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Peter F. Allgeier, Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein Ambassador Silverstein, Ambassador Allgeier, Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle
At a dinner at the Ambassador's residence (Oct. 22) from left: Minister Valles, Ambassador Allgeier, Jose Villar, Minister of Industry, Isaac Alfie, Minister of Economy, and Ambassador Silverstein. Ambassador Allgeier addresses the media at the U.S. Embassy


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