Agama appointed to Assistant United States Trade Representative for Economic Affairs

Office supports trade negotiations and related activities with economic statistical and analytical inputs.

June 12, 2024

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative has announced that Laurie-Ann Agama will serve as the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Economic Affairs. Agama has most recently served as Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles.

“The Office of Economic Affairs provides vital insight and support across all of our work here at USTR to deliver inclusive economic prosperity to the American people,” said United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. “Dr. Agama is a thoughtful and skilled trade professional who brings 20 years of experience at USTR into this role. I congratulate her on her appointment and look forward to our continued work together.”

The Office of Economic Affairs conducts statistical and economic analytical research and critical reviews of outside materials to inform the U.S. Trade Representative and agency leadership in developing and implementing U.S. trade and investment policy. The office supports trade negotiations and related activities with economic statistical and analytical inputs; assesses economic benefits to trade partners as well as to the United States to inform U.S. negotiating objectives; contributes to USTR's recurring Congressional and other reports; and assists USTR offices in formulating investigation requests to the U.S. International Trade Commission. Further responsibilities include the framing and implementation of a program of rigorous economic research and analysis of U.S. trade, investment, commercial, and economic policies and relations with countries and regions.

Agama joined USTR in 2004 as Director for African Affairs in the Office of African Affairs. In 2012, she joined the Office of Economics as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Economic Affairs. She recently served as Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles in the Office of Textiles. In these various roles, she provided leadership for USTR’s strategic planning processes. Agama also provided advice on textile and apparel trade policy matters, led U.S. trade negotiations on Inclusivity with Kenya and IPEF trading partners, and provided statistical and economic analysis and advice to support U.S. trade policy development and its implementation, dispute settlement cases and enforcement, and to resolve various trade policy and investment-related issues. Prior to joining USTR, Agama worked for the United States International Trade Commission. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Economics from McGill University.

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