Commerce's Evans on Expanding World Trade

The Secretary talks about Russia and the WTO, fast-track trade authority, the Bush stimulus plan, and the rules for a global economy

Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans has had his hands full since moving from the oil patch of Midland, Tex., to Washington, D.C. His focus has been on persuading other countries to support the U.S. bid for another round of global negotiations within the World Trade Organization, trying to talk Congress into granting expedited trade-negotiating authority to the Administration, and looking after U.S. commercial relations with Russia as it seeks U.S. support for joining the WTO. BusinessWeek Washington Correspondent Paul Magnusson caught up with Evans in his Commerce office on Nov. 13. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation:

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