"Latin America is a part of the world where the economy is growing very quickly. And as these markets grow, so does their demand for goods and services. So, the more we sell overseas the more jobs we create on our shores."
--President Barack Obama
Now more than ever, America’s ability to create or support jobs here at home depends on our ability to export goods and services to the world. Today, exports support over 9 million American jobs. These are well-paying positions; Americans whose jobs depend on goods exports earn 13 to 18% more than the national average.
The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement
U.S. goods exports to Colombia in 2010 reached a record high of $12 billion, representing a 27% increase from 2009. A trade agreement with Colombia will increase U.S. goods exports to Colombia by an estimated $1.1 billion and U.S. GDP by an estimated $2.5 billion.
Close Security Partner and Regional Leader
With strong bipartisan support, Colombia has made historic progress improving security for its citizens and stemming the flow of drugs into the United States. Colombia has also taken an active and prominent role in global and regional institutions, including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It chairs the UNSC Committee on Iran Sanctions and the Committee on Sudan Sanctions and contributes to multilateral peacekeeping efforts in Haiti, Sierra Leone, and the Sinai.
A Commitment to Human and Labor Rights
President Juan Manuel Santos has addressed many human and labor rights concerns, including the following:
For additional information on how this trade agreement benefits your home state and American industries go to: http://www.trade.gov/fta/colombia/