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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, May 26, 2003 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-622] Pages 621 657 Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2003 Proclamation 7679--World Trade Week, 2003 [[Page ii]] Contents Addresses and Remarks See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Congressional leaders, meeting--643 Cuban Independence Day, radio remarks to the people of Cuba--636 Healthy Forests Initiative--632 Philippines, state visit of President Macapagal- Arroyo State dinner--631 Welcoming ceremony--623 President's Dinner--640 President's legislative agenda--643 Radio address--622 U.S. Coast Guard Academy, commencement address in New London, CT-- 636 Appointments and Nominations White House Office, Director of Office of Management and Budget, remarks--644 Communications to Congress Development Fund for Iraq, message reporting the declaration of national emergency--647 Homeland Security Department, letter transmitting a contingent emergency request--648 Communications to Congress--Continued Trade and investment policy for Sub-Saharan Africa and implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, message transmitting report--632 Executive Orders Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq Has an Interest--646 Interviews With the News Media News conferences May 19 with President Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines--624 May 23 with Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan in Crawford, TX-- 649 Joint Statements United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines--629 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Japan, Prime Minister Koizumi--649 Philippines, President Macapagal-Arroyo--623, 624, 629, 631 Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on May 23, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations National Maritime Day--640 National Missing Children's Day--653 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day--648 World Trade Week--621 Resignations and Retirements Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator, statement--639 Statements by the President See also Resignations and Retirements Algeria, earthquake--645 Statements by the President--Continued House of Representatives ``Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003,'' action on proposed--635 Unemployment insurance extension, passage--645 Morocco, terrorist bombings in Casablanca--623 United Nations Security Council action to lift sanctions on Iraq-- 645 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--657 Checklist of White House press releases--656 Digest of other White House announcements--654 Nominations submitted to the Senate--656 [[Page 621]] May 16, 2003 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Trade expands prosperity, helps raise millions from poverty, and is an engine of economic growth within our Nation and around the world. Trade injects new energy and vitality into the global economy by fostering the exchange of ideas and innovations among people around the world. Free and open trade also helps promote peace and security. During World Trade Week, we renew our commitment to developing and implementing trade policies that create new opportunities and promote global economic growth. My Administration is pursuing an ambitious trade agenda that is restoring America's leadership in the global trading system. We worked hard for the passage of the Trade Act of 2002, which reinstated Trade Promotion Authority after an 8-year lapse. Trade Promotion Authority re- established the ability of the United States to credibly negotiate comprehensive trade agreements by ensuring that agreements will be approved or rejected, by the Congress, but not amended. This gives other countries renewed confidence in their trade negotiations with the United States. To extend the benefits of trade and to improve the lives of people in our Nation and around the world, my Administration continues to pursue global, regional, and bilateral trade agreements. Through the Doha Development Agenda negotiations at the World Trade Organization, the United States is seeking to strengthen the multilateral trading system, increase market access opportunities, and promote global development. Regionally, we are working to build on the success of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the Free Trade Area of the Americas, which will expand free trade benefits throughout the Western Hemisphere. We are also encouraging the free flow of trade and investment in the Pacific among our partners in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. In addition, we are negotiating a free trade agreement with five Central American democracies and will soon begin free trade agreement negotiations with the Southern African Customs Union to help spur economic growth in these two regions. Bilaterally, I recently signed a historic free trade agreement with Singapore--the first of its kind between the United States and an Asian/Pacific country, and we are finalizing a similar agreement with Chile. Free trade agreement negotiations are also underway with Australia and Morocco. In America, trade is also critical to maintaining our economic competitiveness in the global market. It has been estimated that one in eleven American jobs--over 12 million--are supported by exports of goods and services. In the 1990s, exports accounted for about one-quarter of our economic growth. Our Nation's two major trade agreements during this time, NAFTA and the Uruguay Round, provided consumers with a greater choice of goods at better prices, while raising living standards for a typical American family of four by up to $2,000 a year. My Administration is also providing assistance to help trade- impacted workers adapt to the challenge of international competition. The Trade Adjustment Assistance program helps trade-impacted workers gain or enhance job-related skills and find new jobs. The program provides eligible workers with up to 2 years of training, income support during training, job search assistance, and relocation allowances. [[Page 622]] World trade allows all nations to share in the great economic, social, and political progress of our age and provides a foundation for a more peaceful and stable world. This week, we recognize the importance of free trade in promoting prosperity and freedom in the United States and around the world. Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 18 through May 24, 2003, as World Trade Week. I encourage all Americans to observe this week with events, trade shows, and educational programs that celebrate the benefits of trade to our Nation and the global economy. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- seventh. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., May 20, 2003] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on May 21. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 622-623] Pages 621 657 Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2003 The President's Radio Address May 17, 2003 Good morning. May 17th is Armed Forces Day, when America honors the men and women who serve in every branch of the service. Here in the Oval Office, I'm joined by some distinguished Americans, eight members of the military who fought bravely during the battle of Iraq. All of them were wounded in battle and are recovering from their injuries. All of them have earned the respect and the gratitude of our Nation. Americans are proud of every man and woman who has faced the risks of war in the cause of freedom. Many still face dangerous duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as they provide order and stability in liberated countries. Many are fighting on other fronts in the war against terror, and some brave Americans have given their lives to protect our country and to keep the peace. Our whole Nation honors their memory, and our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones they left behind. The world has seen the tremendous capabilities of the United States military. With fine allies at their side, American soldiers and sailors, airmen, and marines used advanced technology to gain historic victories in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unmanned Predator aircraft carried out bombing missions deep behind enemy lines, keeping more of our pilots out of harm's way. Satellites high above the Earth, at any time of day or night, provided detailed images of individual targets and whole battlefields. At least two-thirds of the bombs used by coalition forces in Iraq were precision-guided by lasers or global positioning satellites, compared with just 13 percent of the bombs we used in the 1991 Gulf war.
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