May 8, 2009
News Release 09-039
Inv. No. 332-477
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
POOR INFRASTRUCTURE SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERMINES
EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, USITC FINDS
Poor infrastructure conditions in the land transport, maritime transport, and electricity sectors undermine significantly the export competitiveness of many sub-Saharan African (SSA) industries, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its publication Sub-Saharan Africa: Effects of Infrastructure Conditions on Export Competitiveness, Third Annual Report.
SSA governments and the private sector are pursuing government reform, increased investment, new applications of technology, and other strategies to improve infrastructure conditions. Many of these strategies have been implemented in cooperation with neighboring countries, SSA regional organizations, multilateral institutions, and development agencies.
The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report for the U.S. Trade Representative. In the last of three annual reports on sub-Saharan Africa, the USITC examined conditions in the land transport, maritime transport, and electricity sectors; efforts to improve conditions in these sectors; and the effects of these conditions on the export competitiveness of the following industries in SSA: coffee, shea butter, and certain tropical fruit (pineapples and bananas) in the agricultural sector; natural rubber and related downstream products, textiles and apparel, and leather in the manufacturing sector; and tourism services in the services sector. Highlights of the report follow.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Effects of Infrastructure Conditions on Export Competitiveness, Third Annual Report (Investigation No. 332-477, USITC Publication 4071, April 2009) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4071.pdf. A copy of the report may be requested by emailing email@example.com, calling 202-205-2000 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.
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.