About the Author: Robert D. Hormats serves as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs.
I just returned from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Hawaii, where I participated in the announcement of a public-private partnership to create the world’s first Global Food Safety Fund. To be managed by the World Bank, this innovative partnership will engage a wide-range of stakeholders in training programs designed to enhance food safety and to facilitate trade. Programs like this help protect the health and safety of all of our citizens, because we’re all connected in the current era of global supply chains, international trade, and the foreign sourcing and manufacture… more »
U.S. leaders joined with international partners on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu to launch the Global Food Safety Fund, intended to provide training programs “designed to enhance food safety and to facilitate trade” worldwide.
“These programs will enable more growers, producers and food safety officials to understand and utilize preventive controls — resulting in safer food for consumers and fewer safety incidents in food trade,” the State Department said in a November 12 statement. Read more
In an op-ed in foreign policy magazine Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declares that the future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action:
Secretary Clinton (Oct. 11): “Even as we strengthen these bilateral relationships, we have emphasized the importance of multilateral cooperation, for we believe that addressing complex transnational challenges of the sort now faced by Asia requires a set of institutions capable of mustering collective action…So the United States has moved to fully engage the region’s multilateral institutions, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, mindful that our work with regional institutions supplements and does not supplant our bilateral ties. There is a demand from the region that America play an active role in the agenda-setting of these institutions — and it is in our interests as well that they be effective and responsive.” Full Text