Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Request for Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress
The Office of the United States Trade Representative ("USTR" Trade Policy Staff Committee ("TPSC") is seeking the views of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act ("CBERA"), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act ("CBTPA") (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in the preparation of the report to Congress on the operation of the program. Public comments are due at USTR no later than 5 p.m., October 5, 2015.