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ITC to Examine U.S. Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

As the behest of USTR, the International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation to examine recent trends and new developments in U.S. trade in goods and services and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ITC will hold a hearing July 24 in connection with this investigation, with requests to appear at the hearing due by July 12 and public input due by Aug. 16. The ITC is expected to submit its report to USTR by March 31, 2020.

The report will provide the following information:

- an overview of U.S. exports of goods and services and foreign direct investment to SSA, identifying the sectors and countries in which U.S. exports have increased the most during 2016-2018, the major factors behind this growth, and how U.S. products and services integrate into SSA value chains;

- an overview of U.S. imports of goods and services, identifying the sectors and countries in which U.S. imports have increased the most during 2016-2018 and the major factors behind this growth;

- a description of the intellectual property environment in key SSA markets, including national and regional laws, enforcement measures, and infringement issues, as well as the effects of this environment on trade and investment in these markets;

- an overview of technological innovation in food and agricultural production in key SSA markets, regulatory policies, and market conditions that affect the adoption of these innovations, and how the adoption of such innovations has affected overall production and export performance;

- an overview of recent developments in the digital economy for key SSA markets, including the role of U.S. products and services in those markets, regulatory policies, and market conditions that affect the adoption of digital technologies, and how the adoption of these technologies affects other industry sectors such as manufacturing and other services;

- a summary of recent developments of regional integration efforts in SSA, including progress on the negotiation and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area;

- a summary of the AGOA utilization strategies that have been developed by SSA countries; and

- a summary of the most recent 2019 data on U.S. trade flows of goods with SSA.

For more information on trade with SSA as well as the potential implications of this investigation, please contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956.

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