AdvaMed Congratulates Robert Lighthizer on Confirmation as U.S. Trade Representative

Katrina Barker
May 13, 2017

Lighthizer served as deputy USA trade representative in the 1980s under the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

Lighthizer will begin work on a variety of pressing trade policy issues, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), expanding market access channels in Asia, and preventing the loss of common food names.

"There's finally a trade representative", Mr Videgaray told reporters. "We congratulate Ambassador Lighthizer on his confirmation", said the Sweetener Users Association.

Luis Videgaray said he and Mexico's Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo and interior minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong would visit Washington, DC, next week as the two countries seek to end a dispute over sugar exports and prepare for talks over renegotiating Nafta. We look forward to working with Mr. Lighthizer and the Trump administration on ways to improve worldwide patient access to life-changing innovations from the USA medical technology industry, which will save and improve more patients' lives, create more good-paying American jobs, and grow our economy. "One of the keys to ensuring continued growth of beef, pork and lamb exports will be dismantling these barriers so our industry is able to compete on a level playing field", said Philip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), in a statement. At his confirmation hearing at a Senate committee meeting in March, Lighthizer said, "I would list, of course, Japan as being a primary target for a place where increased access for agriculture is important".

"We can't start negotiating if there isn't a recognition that this treaty has benefited and enriched the three nations".

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