International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Iraqi Ministry of Trade have established the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialogue (Business Dialogue or Dialogue). This notice announces membership opportunities for American representatives to join the U.S. section of the Dialogue.
Applications must be received no later than December 5, 2006.
Please send requests for consideration to Ms. Susan Hamrock, Director, Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force, U.S. Start Printed Page 63286Department of Commerce, either by fax on 202-482-0980 or by mail to U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Mail Stop 3868, Washington, DC 20230.Start Further Info
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Mr. Aaron Kleiner, Office of the Middle East, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2029-B, Washington, DC 20230. Phone: 202-482-2680.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Iraqi Ministry of Trade established the Dialogue as a bilateral forum to facilitate private sector business growth in Iraq and to strengthen trade and investment ties between the United States and Iraq. During Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez's visit to Iraq in July 2006, he joined Iraqi Minister of Trade Dr. Abd-al-Falah al-Sudani in signing the Joint Statement on Commercial Cooperation, which formally provided for the establishment of the Dialogue. In their next meeting in September 2006, the Secretary and the Minister approved and signed the Terms of Reference for the Dialogue.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the Iraqi Minister of Trade will co-chair the Dialogue. The Dialogue will consist of a U.S. Section and an Iraqi Section. Each Section will consist of approximately 10 members from the private sector, representing the views and interests of the private sector business community. Each Party will appoint the members to its respective Section. The Sections will provide advice and counsel to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Iraqi Ministry of Trade that reflect private sector views, needs, and concerns regarding private sector business development in Iraq and enhanced bilateral commercial ties that could form the basis for expanded trade between the United States and Iraq. The Dialogue will exchange information and encourage bilateral discussions that address the following areas:
— Factors that affect the growth of private sector business in Iraq, including disincentives to trade and investment and regulatory obstacles to job creation and investment growth;
— Initiatives that the Government of Iraq might take, such as enacting, amending, enforcing, or repealing laws and regulations, to promote private sector business growth in Iraq;
— Promotion of business opportunities in both Iraq and the United States, and identification of opportunities for U.S. and Iraqi firms to work together; and
— Attracting U.S. businesses to opportunities in Iraq and serving as a catalyst for Iraqi private sector growth.
The U.S. Section of the Dialogue will consist of approximately 10 members from the private sector. The members will represent a cross-section of American business with an emphasis, to the extent possible, on agribusiness and food processing, financial services, construction and housing, information technology, and manufacturing industries. Members will serve in a representative capacity representing the views and interests of their particular industries. Members are not special government employees, and will receive no compensation for their participation in Dialogue activities. Only appointed members may participate in official Dialogue meetings; substitutes and alternates will not be designated. Section members serve for three-year terms, but may be reappointed. U.S. Section members serve at the discretion of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently seeking candidates for membership on the U.S. Section of the Dialogue. Candidates will be evaluated based on: their interest in the Iraqi market; export/investment experience; contribution to diversity based on size of company, geographic location, and sector; and ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Business Dialogue will be active.
In order to be eligible for membership in the U.S. section, potential candidates shall be:
—A U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or able to travel to the United States or other location to attend official Business Dialogue meetings;
—The President or CEO (or comparable level of responsibility) of a private sector company; if the company is very large, the head of a sizeable operating unit of that company; or the head of a non-profit entity, such as a trade or industry association, who possesses unique technical expertise, an outstanding reputation, and the ability to provide counsel with respect to private sector business development in Iraq; and
— Not a registered foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended.
Members will be selected on the basis of who best will carry out the objectives of the Business Dialogue as stated in the Terms of Reference establishing the Dialogue. Recommendations for appointment will be made to the Secretary of Commerce. All candidates will be notified of whether they have been selected.
To be considered for membership, please submit the following information as instructed in the ADDRESSES and DATES captions above: Name(s) and title(s) of the individual(s) requesting consideration; name and address of company or non-profit entity to be represented; size of the company or non-profit entity; description of relevant product, service, or technical expertise; size of company's export trade, investment, and/or international program experience; nature of operations or interest in Iraq; and a brief statement of why the candidate should be considered, including information about the candidate's ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Business Dialogue will be active.Start Signature
Dated: October 24, 2006.
Director, Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force.
[FR Doc. E6-18077 Filed 10-27-06; 8:45 am]
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