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NEWS RELEASE 04-079; JULY 26, 2004 July 26, 2004
News Release 04-079
Inv. No. TA-2104-15

ITC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION ON U.S.-BAHRAIN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: POTENTIAL ECONOMYWIDE AND SELECTED SECTORAL EFFECTS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into the economywide and selected sectoral effects of a free trade agreement with Bahrain.

The investigation, U.S. Free Trade Agreement with Bahrain: Potential Economywide and Selected Sectoral Effects, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received June 28, 2004.

As specified in section 2104(f)(2)-(3) of the Trade Act, not later than 90 calendar days after the President enters into an agreement, the Commission shall submit to the President and the Congress a report including:

The ITC is seeking input for this investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the issues for which the ITC is requested to provide information and advice.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on August 10, 2004. Requests to appear at the hearing (one original and 14 copies) should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on August 3, 2004 with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436. For further information, call 202-205-1816.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on August 17, 2004. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

For further notice on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated July 26, 2004, which can be downloaded from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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