U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is part of the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, the official trade promotion agency of the U.S. Government. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service supports U.S. companies by providing counseling services, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and advocacy as well as a robust program of trade promotion events.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.
U.S.-Mozambique Trade and Investment Framework Agreement
In 2005, USTR signed the U.S.-Mozambique Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with Mozambique, which is a mechanism for the two governments to expand trade and investment links. In 2016, the United States and Mozambique held the fourth round of TIFA talks, continuing the collaborative work on Trade Africa/TIFA objectives, including addressing trade constraints, improving Mozambique’s business and investment environment, and expanding and diversifying trade between the U.S. and Mozambique. The talks also discussed the Trade Africa partnership and how the U.S. could work with Mozambique to meet its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations, and develop and advance trade facilitating activities relating to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and technical barriers to trade (TBT).
African Growth and Opportunity Act
The TIFA also focused on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), part of The Trade and Development Act of 2000 that provides beneficiary countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the most liberal access to the U.S. market available to any country or region with which the U.S. Government does not have a Free Trade Agreement. TIFA discussions explored ways Mozambique could better utilize AGOA trade preferences to expand and diversify investment and two-way trade through the development of a national AGOA strategy. The TIFA also addressed perspectives on deepening the U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationship beyond AGOA.