Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will hold a public hearing Sept. 26 to review Bolivia’s compliance with eligibility requirements under the Generalized System of Preferences. Comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at the hearing are due Sept. 5, and post-hearing briefs will be due by Oct. 17.

This review will examine Bolivia’s implementation of its commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor and the steps it has taken to afford internationally recognized worker rights. USTR notes that in 2014 Bolivia adopted a new law lowering the working age for children to 10 years old for self-employed workers and 12 for those in an employment relationship under certain situations. In addition, the Department of Labor has reported that Bolivian government offices tasked with authorizing child work and assisting victims of child labor are absent or underfunded in many municipalities and has questioned whether the number of labor inspectors is sufficient to inspect for violations of child labor laws nationwide.

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