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  • President Obama is applauded at the White House on Oct. 21, 2011, after signing the Colombian Free Trade Agreement. From left: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis; Boeing CEO Jim McNerney; U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk; Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican; Xerox CEO Ursula Burns; Rep. Greg Meeks, New York Democrat; Ernst and Young CEO James Turley and Rep. David Dreier, California Republican. (Associated Press)

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    President Obama on Friday signed the nation's largest free-trade agreement since NAFTA — and the first of his administration — with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat, is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. (AP Photo)

    Workplace issues snag deal with Colombia

    The top Democrat on the House's key trade panel said Monday that Colombia must take more steps to improve the workplace environment for unions before he will support a stalled pact with the Latin American country.

  • Diego Molano Vega, the Colombian minister of information communication and technology, is traveling to promote his country's "Vive Digital" plan. "We are looking for a partner that can invest with us," he said, while making his pitch in Washington. (Photograph compliments of the government of Colombia)

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    Colombia is offering international companies $200 million to make the Internet available to its businesses and consumers, which is good news for U.S. companies coming on the heels of the White House's announcement that a free-trade agreement has been completed with the Latin American nation and will soon be sent to Congress for approval.

  • Trade groups say U.S. falling behind

    The White House's better-late-than-never approach to three trade agreements doesn't cut it for trade groups that say American businesses are quickly losing ground to global competitors.

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