Monday, July 13, 2009

Why did the US suspend the ATPDEA for Bolivia?

Bolivia UN blog

This is the official explanation of the US administration (June 30, 2009)

The reasons for my decisions are summarized in this report and are also based on the information contained in the Office of the U.S Trade Representative’s (USTR) Fourth Report to the congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act, as Amended, dated April 30, 2009. Below is a summary of the developments and concerns that remain to be addressed in Bolivia and Ecuador in four key areas reflecting the criteria set forth in the Act: investment policies, trade policies, counternarcotics cooperation, and workers’ rights. The United States remains committed to working with Bolivia and to address our concerns and to develop a stronger bilateral trade and investment relationship with each country.

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