[House Document 117-70]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]




117th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 117-70


 
    TERMINATION OF THE DESIGNATION OF ETHIOPIA, GUINEA, AND MALI AS 
BENEFICIARY SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN COUNTRIES UNDER THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND 
                            OPPORTUNITY ACT

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                                MESSAGE

                                  from

                     THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

NOTIFICATION OF THE INTENT TO TERMINATE THE DESIGNATION OF THE FEDERAL 
   DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA, THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA, AND THE 
REPUBLIC OF MALI AS BENEFICIARY SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN COUNTRIES UNDER THE 
 AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AS OF JANUARY 1, 2022, PURSUANT TO 
  19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(3)(B); PUBLIC LAW 93-618, SEC. 506A(a)(3)(B) (AS 
      ADDED BY PUBLIC LAW 114-27, SEC. 105(a)(2)); (129 STAT. 365)

		
		
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  November 3, 2021.--Message and accompanying papers referred to the 
         Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed
         
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         	    U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE
         	
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To the Congress of the United States:
    In accordance with section 506A(a)(3)(B) of the Trade Act 
of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(3)(B)), I am providing 
advance notification of my intent to terminate the designation 
of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (Ethiopia), the 
Republic of Guinea (Guinea), and the Republic of Mali (Mali) as 
beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African 
Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
    I am taking this step as Ethiopia, Guinea, and Mali are not 
in compliance with the eligibility requirements of section 104 
of the AGOA--in Ethiopia, for gross violations of 
internationally recognized human rights; in Guinea, for not 
having established, or not making continual progress toward 
establishing, the protection of the rule of law and of 
political pluralism; and in Mali, for not having established, 
or not making continual progress toward establishing, the 
protection of the rule of law, political pluralism, and 
internationally recognized worker rights, and for not 
addressing gross violations of internationally recognized human 
rights.
    Despite intensive engagement between the United States and 
the Governments of Ethiopia, Guinea, and Mali, these 
governments have failed to address United States concerns about 
their noncompliance with the AGOA eligibility criteria.
    Accordingly, I intend to terminate the designation of 
Ethiopia, Guinea, and Mali as beneficiary sub-Saharan African 
countries under the AGOA as of January 1, 2022. I will continue 
to assess whether the Governments of Ethiopia, Guinea, and Mali 
are making continual progress toward meeting the AGOA.

                                               Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    The White House, November 2, 2021.

                                  
                                  
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