[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1997, Book II)] [December 12, 1997] [Page 1759] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on the International Financial Services Agreement December 12, 1997 Since I took office, I have been committed to tearing down barriers to American goods and services exports. Today's agreement by over 70 countries to liberalize trade in financial services will ensure market access in sectors where we lead the world: banking, securities, and insurance. In the wake of recent financial instability, it is particularly encouraging that so many countries have chosen to move forward rather than backwards. I want to congratulate Secretary Rubin, Ambassador Barshefsky, Deputy Secretary Summers, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Lang, and Assistant Secretary Geithner for their hard work in bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion.