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NEWS RELEASE 99-031; MARCH 15, 1999 March 15, 1999
News Release 99-031
Inv. No. 332-362

ITC LAUNCHES FIFTH ANNUAL FACTFINDING
INVESTIGATION ON U.S.-AFRICAN TRADE;
SEEKS COMMENTS FROM TRADE ASSOCIATIONS, INDUSTRY
OFFICIALS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has begun work on its fifth annual report on U.S.-African trade flows and the effects of the Uruguay Round Agreements and U.S. trade and development policy on them.

The report is the last in a series of five to be issued in the course of the ITC's investigation U.S.-Africa Trade Flows and Effects of the Uruguay Round Agreements and U.S. Trade and Investment Policy. The reports in this series will assist the President in developing a comprehensive trade and development policy for the countries of Africa, as required by the Uruguay Round Agreements (URA) implementing legislation. The reports were requested by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) under the Africa Policy Section of the Statement of Administrative Action that Congress approved with the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will include the following information in its report:

As with previous reports in this series, the ITC will limit its study to the following countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Commission expects to submit its report to the USTR by October 29, 1999.

The ITC seeks input for the report from all interested parties. The Commission does not plan to hold a public hearing in connection with the fifth annual report; however, interested parties may submit written statements concerning the matters to be addressed in the report.

Written submissions should be addressed to The Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20436. Written statements should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on June 21, 1999.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated March 9, 1999, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet server (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1806.

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