Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will hold a public hearing Jan. 30 for its reviews of the following in connection with the Generalized System of Preferences.

- whether Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan are affording workers internationally-recognized worker rights

- whether Ecuador is acting in good faith in recognizing as binding or in enforcing applicable arbitral awards

- whether Indonesia and South Africa are providing adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights

- whether Indonesia and Thailand are providing equitable and reasonable access to their markets and basic commodity resources

- whether Laos meets all of the GSP eligibility criteria and should be newly designated as a beneficiary country

Pre-hearing briefs and comments are due by Jan. 17 and post-hearing briefs are due by Feb. 28.

For more information on GSP, please contact trade consultant David Olave at (202) 730-4960.

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