Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative (USTR) and a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet visited Poland January 24 – 26 for talks with Polish leaders regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. During his visit to Poland Ambassador Froman met with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki, and representatives of Polish and American business and academic circles.
Ambassador Froman was sworn in as the 11th United States Trade Representative (USTR) on June 21, 2013. As USTR, he is President Obama’s principal advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues. Ambassador Froman leads the Office of the United States Trade Representative in its work including opening global markets for U.S. goods and services. Key initiatives ongoing under his leadership are negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in the Asia Pacific; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union; negotiation of agreements on services, information technology, and trade facilitation at the World Trade Organization.
Prior to becoming USTR, Ambassador Froman served at the White House as Assistant to the President and as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, where he was responsible for coordinating policy on international trade and finance, energy security and climate change, and development and democracy issues.