August 20, 2001
News Release 01-108

ITC'S INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC REVIEW FEATURES ARTICLES ON A SOUTHERN AFRICA FTA, RUSSIA'S WTO ACCESSION, AND EXPANDING THE ANDEAN PREFERENCES PROGRAM

A free trade area for Southern Africa, the status of Russia's WTO accession, and possible expansion of the Andean trade preferences program are the topics covered in the current issue of the International Economic Review (IER), a publication of the U.S. International Trade Commission's Office of Economics.

The IER is produced as part of the ITC's international trade monitoring program. The program's purpose is to keep the Commission informed about significant developments in international economics and trade and to maintain the Commission's readiness to provide technical information and advice to policymakers in the Congress and the executive branch. The opinions and conclusions of the IER are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or any individual Commissioner.

The current issue (July/August 2001) includes the following articles:

In addition, the publication reviews U.S. economic performance relative to other major trade partners, U.S. trade performance, and economic forecasts. Comparative economic indicators for major industrialized countries are also provided. The current issue also includes information on U.S. international transactions during the first quarter of 2001, as well as developments regarding foreign direct investment in the United States in 2000. An annual IER chartbook depicting trends in U.S. trade with major trading partners and regions is also included in the IER series.

The current issue of the IER (USITC Publication 3442, July/August 2001) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. To request a printed copy, write to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436, or fax requests to 202-205-2104.

To be added to the mailing list for the publication, write to the Office of Economics, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436, or fax requests to 202-205-2340.

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