International relations (71 - 80 of 96 items)
U.S.-Mexico Energy: The U.S. Reaction to Recent Reforms in Mexico's Petrochemical Industry
NSIAD-91-212: Published: May 3, 1991. Publicly Released: May 21, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined recent reforms in Mexico's petrochemical industry.GAO found that: (1) Mexico's petrochemical industry faced shortages in supplies of basic petrochemicals and investment funds; (2) Mexico lacked financial resources for natural gas, the primary raw material for the petrochemical industry, exploration, and development; (3) the Mexican government had t...
Eastern Europe: Status of U.S. Assistance Efforts
NSIAD-91-110: Published: Feb 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1991.
GAO provided information on the status of U.S. economic assistance to eastern Europe, focusing on: (1) program elements and the earmarking of funds under the Support for East European Democracy Act of 1989 (SEED); and (2) U.S. objectives and coordination of assistance.GAO found that the Department of State was concerned over congressional earmarking of SEED funds for specific programs or projects...
Eastern Europe: Donor Assistance and Reform Efforts
NSIAD-91-21: Published: Nov 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on international assistance to five eastern European countries.GAO found that: (1) as of May 1990, donor countries had committed $8.51 billion in assistance to Poland and Hungary, and the European Community had committed $1.02 billion; (2) $3.9 billion of the $8.51 billion committed was in the form of export credits and project financin...
Export Controls: Advising U.S. Business of Policy Changes
NSIAD-90-201: Published: May 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on U.S. information dissemination regarding export control developments, focusing on: (1) the timeliness of implementation of agreed-upon U.S. export control changes; (2) U.S. actions to liberalize the list of controlled commodities; and (3) whether such practices would create disparate treatment between American exporters and their foreign competi...
Comprehensive Quality Management
T-NSIAD-90-22: Published: Mar 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1990.
GAO assessed the impact of formal quality management on U.S. companies' productivity and profitability. GAO noted that: (1) U.S. companies had increased their skill levels, knowledge, and implementation of quality management, but the majority of corporate chief executive officers had not implemented comprehensive quality management systems for their companies; (2) corporate executives and quality...
Foreign Aid: Questions on the Central American Regional Program Need To Be Resolved
NSIAD-86-209: Published: Sep 8, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the evolution, status, and viability of the Agency for International Development's (AID) regional economic assistance programs for Central America.GAO found that: (1) according to AID views, studies, and funding actions, extensive regional programs may not be viable; (2) Central American economic and political conditions were not conducive to r...
International Trade: Strengthening Trade Law Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
NSIAD-86-150: Published: Aug 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1986.
GAO recommended ways to strengthen section 337 of the Tariff Act as a means for U.S. firms to protect their intellectual property rights against counterfeit and infringing imports.GAO believes that, in order for section 337 to be more effective, Congress needs to: (1) increase access to section 337 relief by eliminating or redefining the statutory criteria for obtaining relief; (2) direct the Inte...
International Trade: U.S. Firms' Views on Customs' Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
NSIAD-86-96: Published: May 14, 1986. Publicly Released: May 14, 1986.
As part of an ongoing review of government efforts to help firms protect their intellectual property rights in international trade, GAO surveyed firms to obtain their perspectives on the Customs Service's ability to stop counterfeit and infringing goods from entering the country.GAO noted that firms use two methods to obtain Customs' assistance in protecting their patents, trademarks, and copyrigh...
Current Issues in U.S. Participation in the Multilateral Trading System
NSIAD-85-118: Published: Sep 23, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the international trading system and U.S. participation in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and described problems with: (1) trading in the wheat, telecommunications, and steel sectors; (2) the rules of GATT; and (3) member nations' compliance with GATT provisions.GAO found that government intervention in domestic economies is w...
United States Participation in the Multilateral Trading System
127993: Sep 26, 1985
GAO discussed its report on U.S. participation in the multilateral trading system, focusing on: (1) comparative trading practices of the United States and its major trading partners; (2) reasons for alleged widespread variance from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade's (GATT) principles and rules; (3) the possibility of extending GATT coverage to services; and (4) whether support of GATT co...