Africa Council. The Department of Commerce is inviting through March 18 applications for appointment to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. The DOC particularly seeks applicants who are active executives (chief executive officer, executive chairman, president, or comparable level of responsibility), although for very large companies a person having substantial responsibility for the company’s commercial activities in Africa may be considered.
This council provides information, analysis, and recommendations that address the following issues.
- creating jobs in the U.S. and Africa through trade and investment
- developing strategies by which the U.S. private sector can identify and take advantage of trade and investment opportunities in Africa
- building lasting commercial partnerships between the U.S. and African private sectors
- facilitating U.S. business participation in Africa’s infrastructure development
- contributing to the growth and improvement of Africa’s agricultural sector by encouraging partnerships to bring innovative agricultural technologies to Africa
- making available to the U.S. private sector an accurate understanding of the opportunities presented for increasing trade with and investment in Africa
- developing and strengthening partnerships and other mechanisms to increase U.S. public and private sector financing of trade with and investment in Africa
- analyzing the effect of policies on U.S. trade and investment interests in Africa
- identifying other means to expand commercial ties between the U.S. and Africa
- building the capacity of Africa’s young entrepreneurs to develop trade and investment ties with U.S. partners
Materials Processing Equipment Exports. The Bureau of Industry and Security’s Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee will hold a partially open meeting March 5 in Washington, D.C. This committee advises BIS on technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to materials processing equipment and related technology.
The agenda for the open session of this meeting includes the results of and proposals from the last Wassenaar Arrangement meeting as well as proposed and recently issued changes to the Export Administration Regulations. Those wishing to attend this session should contact BIS no later than Feb. 26.
Civil Nuclear Trade. The DOC’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting March 26 in Washington, D.C. This committee advises the DOC on the development and administration of programs to expand U.S. exports of civil nuclear goods and services in accordance with applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including how U.S. export policies, programs, and activities will affect the U.S. industry’s competitiveness and ability to participate in the international market.
The March 26 meeting will include an update on the Civil Nuclear Trade Initiative, the election of committee leadership, and a discussion on civil nuclear trade promotion activities. Those wishing to attend should notify the DOC by March 20.
Foreign Cheese Subsidies. The International Trade Administration has issued its quarterly update to the list of foreign government subsidies on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty. This list, which covers articles of cheese imported during the period July 1 through Sept. 30, 2018, lists the subsidy program(s) and the gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is currently available. This list includes subsidy programs implemented by the European Union, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland but indicates that during the period at issue the only program actually in effect was export assistance on certain types of cheese by Canada.
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