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NEWS RELEASE 00-067; MAY 18, 2000 May 18, 2000
News Release 00-067
Inv. No. 332-415


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched a general factfinding investigation to monitor and assess U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa.

The investigation, U.S. Trade and Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa (Inv. No. 332-415), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received April 12, 2000.

The investigation will yield five annual reports, the first of which will be completed by December 10, 2000. In her request letter, the USTR noted the usefulness of five annual reports prepared by the ITC from 1995 through 1999 concerning trade between the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa and the effects of the Uruguay Round Agreements on U.S. trade and development policy. She further noted that as USTR and other U.S. government agencies continue efforts to stregthen economic, political, and commercial ties with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and with possible new reporting requirements stemming from legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, certain information from the earlier reports will continue to be useful and relevant to USTR's work and that of other agencies.

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

The ITC welcomes written submissions for the record in this investigation. Written statements (one original and 14 copies) for the first report should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than August 31, 2000 (information regarding submissions for subsequent reports in this investigation will be announced each year when schedules for those reports are established). All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated May 16, 2000, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site ( or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1806.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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