Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting through Feb. 2 nominations for membership on its Trade Advisory Committee on Africa for the four-year charter term beginning in March.

The TACA provides general policy advice and guidance on trade policy and development matters that have a significant impact on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, including negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements, the impact of the implementation of trade agreements, matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of U.S. trade policy. The TACA also facilitates the goals and objectives of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and assists in maintaining ongoing discussions with SSA trade and agriculture ministries and private-sector organizations on issues of mutual concern, including regional and international trade concerns and World Trade Organization issues.

The TACA is composed of not more than 30 members who have expertise in general trade, investment, and development issues and specific knowledge of U.S.-Africa trade and investment trends, including trade under AGOA, constraints to trade and investment (e.g., infrastructure, energy, and financing), trade facilitation measures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, trade capacity building, investment treaty negotiations, U.S.-Africa investment and private-sector partnerships, and implementation of WTO agreements. Members may represent industry, organized labor, investment, agriculture, services, non-profit development organizations, academia, and small business. Insofar as practicable, TACA membership will reflect regional diversity and be broadly representative of key sectors and groups of the economy with an interest in trade and SSA issues, including U.S. citizens who are diaspora African and U.S. citizens of African descent with requisite knowledge and experience.

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