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Haley Barbour on Free Trade

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Use the WTO and NAFTA to insist on domestic interests

The US will promote increased economic opportunities for Americans to do business in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asian nations moving toward more open, market-oriented economies. The US must pursue innovative mechanisms to encourage American trade and investment in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The US will continue to seek cooperative trading partners throughout the world, but we will no longer accept uneven trading relationships with countries that do not grant American businesses the opportunity to compete in their markets.

Where trading partners continue to build barriers to open trade, the US must use the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and domestic laws to insist on the rights of our exporters and domestic interests.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.171-172 , Apr 25, 1996

Focus on making the WTO work for American interests

The US must focus its attention on making the WTO work for American interests. The WTO is charged with enforcing the numerous new market-opening provisions won in the Uruguay Round. We must push the WTO to fulfill its mission. Where countries have not opened their markers in compliance with WTO requirements, the US should call them to account and, where necessary, utilize the WTO's new dispute resolution procedures. The WTO dispute settlement regime must become a platform for promoting market access for American business, and we should make aggressive use of it to eliminate foreign practices that violate the WTO's rules.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.182 , Apr 25, 1996

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