DATE: May 9, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: United States Trade Representative; Annual Report on Trade Expansion Priorities

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 5, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 88, page 26262

AGENCIES: Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: Executive Order 13116 of March 31, 1999, Identification of Trade Expansion Priorities and Discriminatory Procurement Practices, requires the USTR to prepare an annual report identifying foreign country practices which, if eliminated, would be most likely to significantly increase U.S. exports. Though the USTR did not identify any "priority foreign government practice" in this report, the USTR has "focused on a number of practices which may warrant future enforcement action."

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the USTR's request for information on alleged discriminatory procurement practices of foreign governments, see the February 1, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Identification of Foreign Countries Engaging in Discriminatory Procurement Practices."

The USTR's February 1, 2000, request also asked for information on foreign countries that engage in discriminatory government procurement practices. For more on the USTR's findings, see the May 9, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "United States Trade Representative; Annual Report on Discrimination in Foreign Government Procurement."

DATES: This report was submitted to the Committees on Finance of the United States Senate and the Committees on Ways and Means of the United States House of Representatives on May 1, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Demetrios Marantis, Associate General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20508, 202-395-9626.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Executive Order 13116 requires the USTR to "review United States trade expansion priorities and identify priority foreign country practices, the elimination of which is likely to have the most significant potential to increase United States exports, either directly or through the establishment of a beneficial precedent." The executive order requires the USTR to submit a report on the identified practices to several Congressional committees.

In the report, the USTR identifies the following as "the top trade expansion priorities for 2000":

The following are the "trade practices of significant concern" which the USTR will continue to monitor:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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