Request for Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress, 48387-48389 [2015-19744]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 155 / Wednesday, August 12, 2015 / Notices has agreed to waive discriminatory purchasing requirements for eligible products and suppliers of New Zealand beginning on August 12, 2015. Section 1–201 of Executive Order 12260 of December 31, 1980 delegated the functions of the President under sections 301 and 302 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (‘‘the Trade Agreements Act’’) (19 U.S.C. 2511, 2512) to the United States Trade Representative. Determination: In conformity with sections 301 and 302 of the Trade Agreements Act, and in order to carry out U.S. obligations under the GPA, I hereby determine that: 1. New Zealand has become a party to the GPA and will provide appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to United States products and services and suppliers of such products and services. In accordance with section 301(b)(1) of the Trade Agreements Act, New Zealand is so designated for purposes of section 301(a) of the Trade Agreements Act. 2. Accordingly, beginning on August 12, 2015, with respect to eligible products (namely, those goods and services covered under the GPA for procurement by the United States) of New Zealand and suppliers of such products, the application of any law, regulation, procedure, or practice regarding government procurement that would, if applied to such products and suppliers, result in treatment less favorable than that accorded— (A) To United States products and suppliers of such products, or (B) To eligible products of another foreign country or instrumentality which is a party to the GPA and suppliers of such products, shall be waived. This waiver shall be applied by all entities listed in United States Annexes 1 and 3 of GPA Appendix 1. 3. The Trade Representative may modify or withdraw the designation in paragraph 1 and the waiver in paragraph 2. Michael B.G. Froman, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2015–19746 Filed 8–11–15; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3290–F5–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Aug 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 Notice and request for public comment. ACTION: The 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. DATES: Public comments are due at USTR no later than 5 p.m., October 5, 2015. ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made at http:// www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR–2015–0008 (see ‘‘Requirements for Submission’’ below). If you are unable to make a submission at www.regulations.gov, please contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395–9603 to make other arrangements. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning written comments, contact Yvonne Jamison, Office of the United States Trade Representative, at (202) 395–9666. All other questions should be directed to Duncan Walker, Office of the Western Hemisphere, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street NW., Room 523, Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is (202) 395– 6135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to submit comments on any aspect of the program’s operation, including the performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. Those criteria may be accessed at http:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011title19/html/USCODE-2011-title19chap15.htm and are listed below. This report will also examine the CBI’s effect on the volume and composition of trade and investment between the United States and the CBI beneficiary countries SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48387 and on advancing U.S. trade policy goals as set forth in the CBTPA. Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago receive benefits under both CBERA and CBTPA. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines currently receive benefits only under CBERA. A copy of the 2013 CBI report is available at https://ustr.gov/sites/ default/files/ CBERA%20Report%20Final.pdf. Reporting Requirements on the Eligibility Criteria for All CBI Beneficiary Countries Section 212(f)(1) of CBERA requires USTR to report the performance of each beneficiary country or CBTPA beneficiary country under the criteria of section 213(b)(5)(B) which includes, inter alia, the following: (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment to undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another free trade agreement. (2) 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. (3) The extent to which the country provides internationally recognized worker rights including— (I) The right of association; (II) The right to organize and bargain collectively; (III) A prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; (IV) A minimum age for the employment of children; and (V) Acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health. (4) Whether the country has implemented its commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in Section 507(6) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. (5) The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. (6) The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. (7) The extent to which the country applies transparent, nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 48388 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 155 / Wednesday, August 12, 2015 / Notices government procurement, and contributes to efforts in international fora to develop and implement rules on transparency in government procurement. Section 212(f)(1), also requires the USTR to report the results of the general review of the beneficiary countries under sections 212(b) and (c) of CBERA. Pursuant to Section 212(b), of the CBERA, the President may not designate any country a CBI beneficiary country in the following circumstances: (1) if such country is a Communist country; (2) if such country— (A) has nationalized, expropriated or otherwise seized ownership or control of property owned by a United States citizen or by a corporation, partnership, or association which is 50 per centum or more beneficially owned by United States citizens, (B) has taken steps to repudiate or nullify— (i) any existing contract or agreement with, or (ii) any patent, trademark, or other intellectual property of, a United States citizen or a corporation, partnership, or association which is 50 per centum or more beneficially owned by United States citizens, the effect of which is to nationalize, expropriate, or otherwise seize ownership or control of property so owned, or (C) has imposed or enforced taxes or other exactions, restrictive maintenance or operational conditions, or other measures with respect to property so owned, the effect of which is to nationalize, expropriate, or otherwise seize ownership or control of such property, unless the President determines that— (i) prompt, adequate, and effective compensation has been or is being made to such citizen, corporation, partnership, or association, (ii) good-faith negotiations to provide prompt, adequate, and effective compensation under the applicable provisions of international law are in progress, or such country is otherwise taking steps to discharge its obligations under international law with respect to such citizen, corporation, partnership, or association, or (iii) a dispute involving such citizen, corporation, partnership, or association, over compensation for such a seizure has been submitted to arbitration under the provisions of the Convention for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, or in another mutually agreed upon forum, and promptly furnishes a copy of such determination to the Senate and House of Representatives; VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Aug 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 (3) if such country fails to act in good faith in recognizing as binding or in enforcing arbitral awards in favor of United States citizens or a corporation, partnership or association which is 50 per centum or more beneficially owned by United States citizens, which have been made by arbitrators appointed for each case or by permanent arbitral bodies to which the parties involved have submitted their dispute; (4) if such country affords preferential treatment to the products of a developed country, other than the United States, which has, or is likely to have, a significant adverse effect on United States commerce, unless the President has received assurances satisfactory to him that such preferential treatment will be eliminated or that action will be taken to assure that there will be no such significant adverse effect, and he reports those assurances to the Congress; (5) if a government-owned entity in such country engages in the broadcast of copyrighted material, including films or television material, belonging to United States copyright owners without their express consent; (6) unless such country is a signatory to a treaty, convention, protocol, or other agreement regarding the extradition of United States citizens; and (7) if such country has not or is not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights (as defined in section 2467(4) of this title) to workers in the country (including any designated zone in that country). Section 212(c) of CBERA requires the President to take into account, inter alia, the following factors: (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment to undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another free trade agreement. (2) 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. (3) The extent to which the country provides internationally recognized worker rights including— (I) The right of association; (II) The right to organize and bargain collectively; (III) A prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; (IV) A minimum age for the employment of children; and PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (V) Acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health. (4) Whether the country has implemented its commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in Section 507(6) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. (5) The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. (6) The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. (7) 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. Requirements for Submissions. All comments must be submitted in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) the subject matter of the comment as the ‘‘CBI Report to Congress.’’ In order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by October 5, 2015. In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions via http:// www.regulations.gov . To submit comments via this Web site, enter the docket: USTR–2015–0008 on the home page and click ‘‘go.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Comment Now!.’’ (For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ‘‘How to Use This Site’’.) The Web site offers the option of providing comments by filling in a ‘‘Type Comment’’ field or by attaching a document using the ‘‘Upload file(s)’’ field. We expect that most submissions will be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. 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 E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 155 / Wednesday, August 12, 2015 / Notices 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 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 Ms. Jamison prior to delivery for the receipt of such submissions. Ms. Jamison may be contacted at (202) 395–9666. General information concerning the Office of the United States Trade Representative may be obtained by accessing its Web site: http://www.ustr.gov. John Melle, Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere. [FR Doc. 2015–19744 Filed 8–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F5–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certification of Repair Stations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Aug 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 29, 2015. Form 8310–3 must be submitted to the appropriate FAA flight standards district office for review for repair station certification. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by September 11, 2015. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronda Thompson at (202) 267–1416, or by email at: Ronda.Thompson@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–0682. Title: Certification of Repair Stations. Form Numbers: FAA Form 8310–3. Type of Review: Extension without change of an information collection. Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 29, 2015 (80 FR 30758). 14 CFR part 145 prescribes the requirements for the issuance of repair station certificates and associated ratings to maintenance and alteration organizations. The information requested is required from applicants who wish repair station certification. Applicants must submit the required data to the appropriate FAA district office for review and acceptance/approval. If the information is satisfactory, an onsite inspection is conducted. When all the part 145 requirements have been met an air agency certificate and repair station operations specifications with PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48389 appropriate ratings and limitations are issued. Respondents: Approximately 4,625 maintenance and alteration organizations. Frequency: Information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 8 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 37,000 hours. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 4, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP–110. [FR Doc. 2015–19834 Filed 8–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Application for Certificate of Waiver or Authorization Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. U.S. Code authorizes the issuance of regulations governing the use of navigable airspace. Respondents conducting general operation and flight of aircraft or any activity that could encroach on airspace must apply for approval. SUMMARY: Written comments should be submitted by October 13, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send comments to the FAA at the following address: Ronda Thompson, Room 300, Federal Aviation Administration, ASP–110, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronda Thompson at (202) 267–1416, or by email at: Ronda.Thompson@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–0027. Title: Application for Certificate of Waiver or Authorization. Form Numbers: FAA Form 7711–2. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: The information collected by FAA Form 7711–2, DATES: E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 155 (Wednesday, August 12, 2015)]
[Notices]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Request for Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic 
Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to 
Congress

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

ACTION: Notice and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The 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.

DATES: Public comments are due at USTR no later than 5 p.m., October 5, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made at http://www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR-2015-0008 (see ``Requirements 
for Submission'' below). If you are unable to make a submission at 
www.regulations.gov, please contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395-9603 to 
make other arrangements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning 
written comments, contact Yvonne Jamison, Office of the United States 
Trade Representative, at (202) 395-9666. All other questions should be 
directed to Duncan Walker, Office of the Western Hemisphere, Office of 
the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street NW., Room 523, 
Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is (202) 395-6135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to submit 
comments on any aspect of the program's operation, including the 
performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries under the criteria 
described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as 
amended. Those criteria may be accessed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title19/html/USCODE-2011-title19-chap15.htm and are 
listed below. This report will also examine the CBI's effect on the 
volume and composition of trade and investment between the United 
States and the CBI beneficiary countries and on advancing U.S. trade 
policy goals as set forth in the CBTPA. Barbados, Belize, Guyana, 
Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago receive benefits 
under both CBERA and CBTPA. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, 
British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint 
Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines currently receive 
benefits only under CBERA. A copy of the 2013 CBI report is available 
at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/CBERA%20Report%20Final.pdf.

Reporting Requirements on the Eligibility Criteria for All CBI 
Beneficiary Countries

    Section 212(f)(1) of CBERA requires USTR to report the performance 
of each beneficiary country or CBTPA beneficiary country under the 
criteria of section 213(b)(5)(B) which includes, inter alia, the 
following:
    (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment 
to undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) 
on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the 
completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another 
free trade agreement.
    (2) 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.
    (3) The extent to which the country provides internationally 
recognized worker rights including--
    (I) The right of association;
    (II) The right to organize and bargain collectively;
    (III) A prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory 
labor;
    (IV) A minimum age for the employment of children; and
    (V) Acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, 
hours of work, and occupational safety and health.
    (4) Whether the country has implemented its commitments to 
eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in Section 507(6) 
of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.
    (5) The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics 
certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
    (6) The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a 
party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against 
Corruption.
    (7) The extent to which the country applies transparent, 
nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in

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government procurement, and contributes to efforts in international 
fora to develop and implement rules on transparency in government 
procurement.
    Section 212(f)(1), also requires the USTR to report the results of 
the general review of the beneficiary countries under sections 212(b) 
and (c) of CBERA. Pursuant to Section 212(b), of the CBERA, the 
President may not designate any country a CBI beneficiary country in 
the following circumstances:
    (1) if such country is a Communist country;
    (2) if such country--
    (A) has nationalized, expropriated or otherwise seized ownership or 
control of property owned by a United States citizen or by a 
corporation, partnership, or association which is 50 per centum or more 
beneficially owned by United States citizens,
    (B) has taken steps to repudiate or nullify--
    (i) any existing contract or agreement with, or
    (ii) any patent, trademark, or other intellectual property of, a 
United States citizen or a corporation, partnership, or association 
which is 50 per centum or more beneficially owned by United States 
citizens, the effect of which is to nationalize, expropriate, or 
otherwise seize ownership or control of property so owned, or
    (C) has imposed or enforced taxes or other exactions, restrictive 
maintenance or operational conditions, or other measures with respect 
to property so owned, the effect of which is to nationalize, 
expropriate, or otherwise seize ownership or control of such property, 
unless the President determines that--
    (i) prompt, adequate, and effective compensation has been or is 
being made to such citizen, corporation, partnership, or association,
    (ii) good-faith negotiations to provide prompt, adequate, and 
effective compensation under the applicable provisions of international 
law are in progress, or such country is otherwise taking steps to 
discharge its obligations under international law with respect to such 
citizen, corporation, partnership, or association, or
    (iii) a dispute involving such citizen, corporation, partnership, 
or association, over compensation for such a seizure has been submitted 
to arbitration under the provisions of the Convention for the 
Settlement of Investment Disputes, or in another mutually agreed upon 
forum, and promptly furnishes a copy of such determination to the 
Senate and House of Representatives;
    (3) if such country fails to act in good faith in recognizing as 
binding or in enforcing arbitral awards in favor of United States 
citizens or a corporation, partnership or association which is 50 per 
centum or more beneficially owned by United States citizens, which have 
been made by arbitrators appointed for each case or by permanent 
arbitral bodies to which the parties involved have submitted their 
dispute;
    (4) if such country affords preferential treatment to the products 
of a developed country, other than the United States, which has, or is 
likely to have, a significant adverse effect on United States commerce, 
unless the President has received assurances satisfactory to him that 
such preferential treatment will be eliminated or that action will be 
taken to assure that there will be no such significant adverse effect, 
and he reports those assurances to the Congress;
    (5) if a government-owned entity in such country engages in the 
broadcast of copyrighted material, including films or television 
material, belonging to United States copyright owners without their 
express consent;
    (6) unless such country is a signatory to a treaty, convention, 
protocol, or other agreement regarding the extradition of United States 
citizens; and
    (7) if such country has not or is not taking steps to afford 
internationally recognized worker rights (as defined in section 2467(4) 
of this title) to workers in the country (including any designated zone 
in that country).
    Section 212(c) of CBERA requires the President to take into 
account, inter alia, the following factors:
    (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment 
to undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) 
on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the 
completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another 
free trade agreement.
    (2) 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.
    (3) The extent to which the country provides internationally 
recognized worker rights including--
    (I) The right of association;
    (II) The right to organize and bargain collectively;
    (III) A prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory 
labor;
    (IV) A minimum age for the employment of children; and
    (V) Acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, 
hours of work, and occupational safety and health.
    (4) Whether the country has implemented its commitments to 
eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in Section 507(6) 
of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.
    (5) The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics 
certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
    (6) The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a 
party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against 
Corruption.
    (7) 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.
    Requirements for Submissions. All comments must be submitted in 
English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) the 
subject matter of the comment as the ``CBI Report to Congress.'' In 
order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by 
October 5, 2015.
    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line 
submissions via http://www.regulations.gov . To submit comments via 
this Web site, enter the docket: USTR-2015-0008 on the home page and 
click ``go.'' The site will provide a search-results page listing all 
documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice 
on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ``Comment 
Now!.'' (For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web 
site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking 
on the ``How to Use This Site''.)
    The Web site offers the option of providing comments by filling in 
a ``Type Comment'' field or by attaching a document using the ``Upload 
file(s)'' field. We expect that most submissions will be provided in an 
attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type 
``See attached'' in the ``Type Comment'' field.
    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

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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 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 
Ms. Jamison prior to delivery for the receipt of such submissions. Ms. 
Jamison may be contacted at (202) 395-9666. General information 
concerning the Office of the United States Trade Representative may be 
obtained by accessing its Web site: http://www.ustr.gov.

John Melle,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Western 
Hemisphere.
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