South Korea, Colombia, Panama Free Trade Agreements

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 12, 2011

The Free Trade Agreements passed by Congress tonight will make it easier for American companies to sell their products to South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which will create jobs here at home. The Obama Administration is constantly working to deepen our economic engagement throughout the world and these agreements are an example of that commitment.

The stakes are not just economic. South Korea, Colombia and Panama are three important partners in strategically vital regions. With the passage of these agreements, America has delivered for our friends and allies. I want to thank Presidents Lee, Santos and Martinelli for their patience and willingness to partner with the Obama Administration as these agreements moved through Congress.

But our work is not yet done. We will not be content until these agreements are fully implemented so that American exporters can reap the benefits as soon as possible.

For more information about the trade agreements, how they will protect workers, and contribute to our economic growth and recovery, please visit the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s website at

PRN: 2011/1711