October 22, 1999
News Release 99-146
Inv. No. 332-399

ITC REPORTS THAT AFRICAN TRADING PARTNERS
CHART PROGRESS IN SERVICES TRADE LIBERALIZATION

Commitments made by African trading partners under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) provide an effective foundation from which to achieve progressive liberalization of international trade and investment in services industries, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its study General Agreement on Trade in Services: Examination of the Schedules of Commitments Submitted by African Trading Partners.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently concluded the study, which examines GATS commitments scheduled by Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The report examines the following industries: distribution services, defined as wholesaling, retailing, and franchising services; education services; communication services, defined as basic and enhanced telecommunication, courier, and audiovisual services; health care services; professional services, defined as accounting, advertising, and legal services; architectural, engineering, and construction services; land-based transportation services, defined as rail and trucking services; and travel and tourism services. Highlights of the report follow.

The foregoing information is from the ITC report General Agreement on Trade in Services: Examination of the Schedules of Commitments Submitted by African Trading Partners (Investigation No. 332-399, USITC Publication 3243, October 1999). The report will be available on the ITC Internet server at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be ordered by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC. Requests may also be made by fax to 202- 205-2104.

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