Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Charter Renewal of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA); Request for Nominations

The Office of the United States Trade Representative ("USTR")announces the renewal of the charter of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa ("TACA"), a federal advisory committee established to provide trade and development policy advice regarding the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The Charter will be effective for four years from the date of this Federal Register notice. There are currently opportunities for membership on this Committee. USTR is seeking nominations for membership on the Committee.

DATES: In order to receive full consideration, nominations for current vacancies should be received not later than April 18, 2014. Nominations will be accepted after April 18 until the expiration of the charter term on March 17, 2018, for appointments on a rolling basis as vacancies arise.

ADDRESSES: Submissions should be sent to Tiffany Enoch, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement at IAPE@ustr.eop.gov. For alternatives to email submission, please contact Tiffany Enoch at (202) 395-6120.

The duties of the TACA are to provide the President, through the USTR, with policy advice on issues involving trade and development in sub-Saharan Africa. The TACA is expected to meet an average of two to three times a year in Washington, DC.

Members serve without compensation and are responsible for all expenses incurred to attend the meetings. TACA members are appointed by the USTR. Appointments are made at the chartering of the TACA and periodically throughout the four-year charter term. Members serve at the discretion of the USTR. Appointments to the TACA expire at the end of the TACA's charter term, in this case, March 17, 2018.

Members are selected to represent their respective sponsoring U.S. entity's interests on sub-Saharan African trade matters, and thus nominees are considered foremost based upon their ability to carry out the goals of section 135(c) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. Other criteria are the nominee's knowledge of and expertise in international trade issues as relevant to the work of the TACA and that representation on the TACA is balanced in terms of sectors, demographics, and other interests. Additionally, USTR may appoint members expert in a relevant subject matter to serve in an individual capacity. Appointments to the TACA are made without regard to political affiliation.

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