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The Office of the Western Hemisphere is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring U.S. trade policy in the Western Hemisphere. The Office leads the negotiation and implementation of U.S. trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere, and oversees the administration and operation of these agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, and U.S. Free Trade Agreements with Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Panama. It also leads policy development and coordination of trade negotiations as they relate to countries in the Western Hemisphere. The Office also manages U.S. trade relations with the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM), as well as bilateral trade councils with Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. In addition, it oversees two regional U.S. trade preference programs, the Caribbean Basin Initiative and the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act.
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