Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2007

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Date: May 10, 2007

Statement on International Trade and Investment Policy,
May 10, 2007

The United States has a longstanding commitment to open economies that empower individuals, generate economic opportunity and prosperity for all, and provide the foundation for a free society. Economic freedom, supported by the rule of law, reinforces political freedom by encouraging and supporting the free flow of ideas. To continue the advance of liberty and prosperity, my administration will work vigorously to promote open investment policies and free trade on a level playing field.

A free and open international investment regime is vital for a stable and growing economy, both here at home and throughout the world. The threat of global terrorism and other national security challenges have caused the United States and other countries to focus more intently on the national security dimensions of foreign investment. While my administration will continue to take every necessary step to protect national security, my administration recognizes that our prosperity and security are founded on our country’s openness.

As both the world’s largest investor and the world’s largest recipient of investment, the United States has a key stake in promoting an open investment regime. The United States unequivocally supports international investment in this country and is equally committed to securing fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory treatment for U.S. investors abroad. Both inbound and outbound investment benefit our country by stimulating growth, creating jobs, enhancing productivity, and fostering competitiveness that allows our companies and their workers to prosper at home and in international markets. My administration is committed to ensuring that the United States continues to be the most attractive place in the world to invest. I urge other nations to join us in supporting an open investment policy and protecting international investments.

My administration is also committed to advancing free and fair trade in multilateral, regional, and bilateral negotiations. We will work aggressively to conclude the World Trade Organization’s Doha Development Agenda negotiations and to secure congressional approval of the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, Peru, and SouthKorea. The prospects for the Doha Development Agenda negotiations to produce significant new economic opportunities, particularly in developing countries, demand that we do everything possible to reach an outcome that creates new trade flows and strengthens global development.

Note: The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language version of this statement.

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Chicago: "Statement on International Trade and Investment Policy, May 10, 2007," Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:608-609 Original Sources, accessed February 26, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6BWACFVBS1F9MU4.

MLA: . "Statement on International Trade and Investment Policy, May 10, 2007." Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:608-609, Original Sources. 26 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6BWACFVBS1F9MU4.

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