May 3, 2002
News Release 02-036
Inv. No. 332-415


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for the third in a series of five reports for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) concerning U.S. trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa.

The investigation, U.S. Trade and Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa (Inv. No. 332-415), was requested by the USTR in a letter received on April 12, 2000, and will yield five annual reports. The first report was released in February 2001 (USITC Publication 3371) and the second report was released in January 2002 (USITC Publication 3476). The ITC will submit the third report to the USTR by December 10, 2002.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will include the following in its third report:

As requested, the ITC's investigation will be limited to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, S o Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The ITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation. However, the ITC welcomes written submissions for the record in this investigation. Written statements (one original and 14 copies) should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than July 19, 2002. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington DC 20436.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated May 3, 2002, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site at or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-2000.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requestor for national security reasons.

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