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Interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos Islands meet or fail to satisfy the eligibility criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended, and whether the Bahamas, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent meet or fail to satisfy the eligibility criteria described in section 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. Those criteria may be accessed at
After a country, territory or successor political entity identified in the statute as a potential beneficiary country requests benefits under CBERA and CBTPA, the President must determine whether to designate it as a beneficiary under the two programs. The President shall consider only the specified countries, territories, or successor political entities. In determining whether to designate a country as a CBERA beneficiary country, the President must take into account the criteria contained in section 212(b) of the CBERA, which include whether the country,
The President must also take into account the criteria contained in section 212 (c) of the CBERA, which include,
In determining whether to designate a country as a CBTPA beneficiary country, the President must take into account the criteria contained in sections 212(b) and (c) of CBERA described above, and other appropriate criteria, including the following criteria contained in section 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA: (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment to undertake its obligations under the WTO Agreement; (2) participates in negotiations toward the completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas or another free trade agreement; (3) the extent to which the country provides protection of intellectual property rights consistent with or greater than the protection afforded under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights described in section 101(d)(15) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3511(d)(15)); (4) the extent to which the country provides internationally recognized worker rights; (5) whether the country has implemented its commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor; (6) the extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; (7) the extent to which the country has taken steps to become a party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption; and (8) the extent to which the country applies transparent, nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in government procurement and contributes to efforts in international fora to develop and implement rules on transparency in government procurement.
Additionally, before a country can receive benefits under the CBTPA, the President must also determine that the country has satisfied the requirements of section 213(b)(4)(A)(ii) of CBERA (19 U.S.C. 2703(b)(4)(A)(ii)) relating to the implementation of procedures and requirements similar to the relevant procedures and requirements under chapter 5 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In order to ensure the most timely and expeditious receipt and consideration of comments, USTR has arranged to accept on-line submissions via
Submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) are preferred. If an application other than those two is used, please identify in your submission the specific application used. For any comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters “BC” and must be submitted separately from the public version. Any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked “BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL” on the top of that page. If you file comments containing business confidential information you must also submit a public version of the comments under a separate submission. The file name of the public version should begin with the character “P”. The “BC” and “P” should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. If you submit comments that contain no business confidential information, the file name should begin with the character “P”, followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. Electronic submissions should not attach separate cover letters; rather, information that might appear in a cover letter should be included in the comments you submit. Similarly, to the extent possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments to a submission in the same file as the submission itself and not as separate files.
We strongly urge submitters to use electronic filing. If an on-line submission is impossible, alternative arrangements must be made with Mr. Eiss prior to delivery for the receipt of such submissions. Mr. Eiss may be contacted at (202) 395-3475. General information concerning the Office of the United States Trade Representative may be obtained by accessing its Internet Web site (