[Federal Register Volume 65, Number 247 (Friday, December 22, 2000)]
[Pages 80982-80983]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 00-32646]



Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on Proposed United 
States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of extension of time to provide comments.


SUMMARY: This publication gives notice that the Trade Policy Staff 
Committee (TPSC) is extending the deadline for the public to provide 
written comments to assist the United States Trade Representative 
(USTR) in formulating objectives for the negotiations with the Republic 
of Singapore to conclude a free trade agreement agreement and to 
provide advice on how specific goods and services and other matters 
should be treated under the agreement.

DATES: Public comments should be received by noon, January 5, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning 
public comments, contact Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, TPSC, Office 
of the

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USTR, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508 (202) 395-3475. All 
other questions regarding the negotiations should be addressed to 
Barbara Weisel, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Bilateral 
Asian Affairs, Office of the USTR (202) 395-6813.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 16, 2000, President Clinton 
agreed with Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong to negotiate a 
bilaterial free trade agreement. In the negotiations, the United States 
and Singapore will seek to eliminate duties and commercial barriers to 
bilateral trade in U.S.-and Singaporean-origin goods and also expect to 
address trade in services, investment, trade-related aspects of 
intellectual property rights, trade-related environmental and labor 
matters, and other issues. Two-way trade between the United States and 
Singapore totaled $34.4 billion in 1999. The free trade agreement will 
be modeled upon the recently signed free trade agreement between Jordan 
and the United States, but will recognize the substantial volume of 
trade between Singapore and the United States.
    In a notice published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2000, 
USTR requested written comments from the public to assist USTR in 
formulating negotiating objectives for the agreement and to provide 
advice on how specific goods and services and other matters should be 
treated under the agreement, to be submitted no later than December 19, 
2000. USTR has decided to extend the deadline for submission of 
comments to January 5, 2001. 65 FR 71197.

Written Comments

    Written comments should conform to the instructions indicated in 
the notice published on November 29, 2000.

Carmen Suro-Bredie,
Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the U.S. Trade 
[FR Doc. 00-32646 Filed 12-21-00; 8:45 am]