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Jason Hafemeister, USTR’s WTO Agriculture Negotiator, Joins Allen F. Johnson & Associates


WASHINGTON, DC, February 8, 2007 -- Ambassador Allen Johnson, President of Allen F. Johnson (AFJ) & Associates, announced that Jason Hafemeister, who served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Agriculture in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has joined AFJ & Associates as Vice President.  Mr. Hafemeister was the lead U.S. negotiator for agriculture in the Doha Development Agenda at the WTO, the Central American - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), and China’s WTO accession.  Mr. Hafemeister also worked on various dispute settlement issues and trade policy issues related to U.S. agricultural policy and the Farm Bill.  Prior to joining USTR, he was at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where his work included the Uruguay Round negotiations that established the WTO, dispute settlement actions under the WTO, and he served at the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva.  Prior to his government service, Mr. Hafemeister worked in the produce industry in California.  Mr. Hafemeister is also a lawyer and is proficient in Spanish.


“Jason brings tremendous skills and knowledge to our firm.  His experience in trade policy, law, and the public and private sectors make him a unique resource and advocate for our clients,” Johnson stated.  “Jason knows how to think ‘outside the box’ in solving problems and identifying opportunities.  I am very pleased to have him on the AFJ Team.”


AFJ & Associates, LLC, was founded in October 2005 in the Washington, D.C. area.  The President is Ambassador Allen Johnson, the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2001-2005.  Ambassador Johnson has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in political and policy areas on the local, state, national and international level, as well as an extensive background in business, management, marketing, and product development.  Other members of the AFJ team in the United States and Central America include Sharon Sydow, Vice President, Richard White, Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs, Gabriela Palacios de Quinõnez, Jose Carlos (“Charlie”) Sarmiento, Regional Manager, Isabel Martinez, and Raul Zibara.


The over 100 years of collective experience the AFJ team offers allows it to effectively service clients and develop entrepreneurial partnerships in the areas of agriculture, industry, security services, new technologies and biotechnology, real estate, and financial services/auditing.


AFJ has been engaged in a variety of trade-related and entrepreneurial projects since its beginning in 2005, including marketing agricultural and industrial products to and from Latin America; problem solving to facilitate the implementation of trade agreements; strategy development for several major corporations in the United States and Latin America; assisting countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America in implementing SPS obligations; working with U.S. and foreign companies and governments in improving the security of containers exported from other countries to the United States, as well as developing educational programs, providing policy analysis, and strategic advising on renewable fuels development.


AFJ offers a broad range of services to clients and partners, including: 

  • Building and developing business relationships by providing market development, representation, negotiation, and project consulting and management services;
  • Government relations activities in the countries or regions where AFJ’s clients work and in the United States, including assisting clients in meeting SPS requirements and obligations;
  • Business, policy, and regulatory consulting and, as needed, building ad hoc consulting teams for the specific needs of clients;
  • Serving on company advisory committees and boards, and providing speeches and presentations to meetings and seminars on trade policies, negotiations and programs;
  • Providing regular newsletters and quarterly publications to clients regarding relevant economic, trade, and policies issues; and
  • Associates of AFJ Trading Services are also directly involved in trading agricultural and nonagricultural, products and services between Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, as well as helping clients to introduce, market and distribute their products and services.