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Trade Advisory Committee on Africa Seeks Members

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is inviting through April 18 nominations for members to serve on the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, a federal advisory committee established to provide trade and development policy advice regarding the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The charter for the TACA was recently renewed and appointments to this committee will expire at the end of its current charter term, which is March 17, 2018.

Members are selected to represent their respective sponsoring U.S. entity's interests on sub-Saharan African trade matters, and thus nominees are considered foremost based upon their ability to carry out the goals of section 135(c) of the Trade Act of 1974. Other criteria are the nominee's knowledge of and expertise in international trade issues as relevant to the work of the TACA and that representation on the TACA is balanced in terms of sectors, demographics and other interests. Additionally, USTR may appoint members expert in a relevant subject matter to serve in an individual capacity.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens but cannot be full-time employees of a U.S. governmental entity, federally-registered lobbyists or registered with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Applicants must also represent a U.S. organization whose members (or funders) have a demonstrated interest in issues relevant to trade and development in sub-Saharan Africa or that (a) is directly engaged in the import or export of goods or that sells its services abroad or (b) is an association of such entities.

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