19 U.S. Code § 3735 - Expansion of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service in sub-Saharan Africa
Expansion of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service in sub-Saharan Africa
(a) FindingsThe Congress makes the following findings:
Since 1997, the Department of Commerce has slowly begun to increase the presence of the Commercial Service in sub-Saharan Africa, adding five full-time officers to established posts.
The Congress has, on several occasions, encouraged the Commercial Service to focus its resources and efforts in countries or regions in Europe or Asia to promote greater United States export activity in those markets, and similar encouragement should be provided for countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well.
(b) AppointmentsSubject to the availability of appropriations, by not later than December 31, 2001, the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, shall take steps to ensure that—
at least 20 full-time Commercial Service employees are stationed in sub-Saharan Africa; and
full-time Commercial Service employees are stationed in not less than 10 different sub-Saharan African countries.
(c) Initiative for sub-Saharan AfricaIn order to encourage the export of United States goods and services to sub-Saharan African countries, the International Trade Administration shall make a special effort to—
hold discussions with appropriate authorities in sub-Saharan Africa on the matters described in paragraphs (1) and (2) with a view to securing increased market access for United States exporters of goods and services;
identify current resource allocations and personnel levels in sub-Saharan Africa for the Commercial Service and consider plans for the deployment of additional resources or personnel to that region; and
make available to the public, through printed and electronic means of communication, the information derived pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (4) for each of the 4 years after May 18, 2000.
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